Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Slow News Day

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The Flamingo Flamenco

Pinky, a flamingo at Busch Gardens, shows off her fancy footwork. She was not trained to do this, but unlike other famines, does not mind doing the natural flamingo dance for visitors. See flamingos perform in a group in this video. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Serbian Mickeys


I would have said pink, but Jace knew better. (via Pleated-Jeans)

Just Text Me

The song "Just Text Me" is attributed to "Keisha feat. Brandi," but the artist is Nicola Foti. The song illustrates the great divide between how young and old see social interaction. The song bemoans voice-to-voice phone calls as lame, intrusive, and not worth the time. However, someone of my generation (namely me) thinks that if a conversation with someone is so painful, why are you friends in the first place? When I accused my kids and their friends of using texts as a method of ignoring each other, they assured me that I was completely right, and so what? However, the examples in the song illustrate how communication has changed: you can now contact almost anyone, anytime, to ask a different question every ten minutes, which is something I wouldn't think to do unless the other person was actually in my house. (via Laughing Squid)

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5 Sitcoms You Might Not Know Were Based on Real People or Events.

How We Got Hooked on Vitamins.

How can scientists act ethically when they are studying the victims of a human tragedy, such as the Romanian orphans? (via Ed Yong)

The Dangerous Job of Being a British Prince. (via the Presurfer)

5 Doctors Who Just Gave The World's Worst Medical Advice.

My Cat Has Twisty Legs, But I Don't Want to Fix Him. (via Buzzfeed)

10 Beauty And Body Care Products That Have Been Around Forever. When you have a formula people like, the only thing that changes is the packaging.

Ruby's 6th birthday was celebrated with a Star Wars party. See the pun-tastic foods and activities in case you might want to try them out yourself.

There once was a show-business fad of exhibiting pigs who could read and do math. The rubes who believed it were entertainment for those who didn't.

8 revelations from inside the Breaking Bad writers' room. Nothing about the new season, but the show's past is just as fascinating.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Before and After

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Life Savers

I actually remember this ad. It was just as weird back in 1966. (via Weird Vintage)

Fish Shop

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Cats Demand to be Petted

Cats operate under the assumption that it never hurts to ask for what you want. And what these cats want is a nice head scratch. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Adorably Disheveled

A Roundup of Sharknado Tribute Art

The SyFy original movie Sharknado is so ridiculously over-the-top that it became an overnight sensation. Its unbelievable premise is so spectacular that the film will be shown in theaters this Friday at midnight -even after being shown on TV multiple times. Meanwhile, as prepare for the annual Shark Week orgy on the Discovery Channel, the Sharknado meme still bubbles on the internet. Let's explore some of the art inspired by the preposterous Sharknado, in this list I posted at mental_floss.


The Hottest Place on Earth

Whaddaya know -while we're relying on weather stations and meteorologists to tell us how hot it is outside, NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites scan the whole planet for temperature! Using this data, MinuteEarth explains where the hottest spot on the Earth's surface is. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Die-Hard Chicken, the story of Mike the Headless Chicken.

Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians.

The Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim

If It Crawls, It's Canned: Eating In The Alaskan Wilderness.

A Pizza Hut restaurants in China, the onetime policy was that you got one trip to the salad bar, with one dish. Some customers took that as a challenge, and began to construct artful stacks of food to see how much they could get in one trip. 

How Geeky Are You? (via the Presurfer)

Derek Black, the Reluctant Racist, and His Exit From White Nationalism. The son of Stormfront founder Don Black had a change of heart after getting out into the real world.

22 animated extensions of live-action TV series. In the 1970s, no TV show was so short-lived or obscure that they wouldn't make a kids' cartoon series out of it.

Saltwater Taffy, the Lobster-claw Kitty, was born with radial agenesis, a condition in which the foreleg bones don't form properly. See how this adorable kitten is making progress in her foster home.

8 Odd Acts of the Vaudeville Era. Yes, people built shows around dentistry, flatulence, and driving your lion around.

Hair Tie-stealing Buttface

Just like every other cat in the world. (via Buzzfeed)


Weird Al Yankovic's song "Albuquerque" is the longest song he ever released. It's an epic account of a trip to the New Mexico city. Now it has an awesome video, made from strangely apt clips of the TV show Breaking Bad. The visual imagery makes the sound seem shorter than it is, and certainly highlights the insanity of the AMC show. (via Metafilter)

Monday, July 29, 2013

First World Problem

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Freddy Fairhair sent me this very strange video named "Tittei!" which is Norwegian for "Peekaboo!" In it, Freddy and Marten, two attractive young Norwegian men, stick their heads between the legs of people in the street -mostly nice-looking young women. Then they immediately explain they are making a YouTube video before the victim subject can make a getaway. It seems like the perfect way to pick up girls -what could possibly go wrong? Freddy Fairhair has other videos of odd pranks and how to pick up girls. Morten Hake has other videos on personal development and how to pick up girls. Let me give you a clue: picking up girls is much easier when you are a young, attractive Norwegian with a video camera. (Thanks, Freddy!)

Bedtime Story

It's always best to use logic to calm your child's fears. I'm sure he'll sleep just fine now. This comic is from Connor Ullmann at Depressed Alien, who says this panel is based on his own childhood. (via reddit)

Porpoises Play with Air Bubbles

Air bubbles are fun! Bat them around, blow them at each other, make rings -like human children playing with water. There is no English captions available for this video, but they really aren't necessary. (via Neatorama)



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12 Unwritten Social Rules

Of course, YOU know theses rules, but have you taught them to your kids yet? So much of navigating one's way in society comes down to being aware of other people and their point of view. This came up in a discussion with my driving student daughter. She asked why so few drivers use turn signals. It's because using a turn signal does not benefit the driver. It only benefits all the other drivers around them! That's why so many people complain about other drivers, yet still don't use turn signals themselves. That's also why a student must use a signal for every turn, so it will become an automatic habit. (via Buzzfeed)  

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What's in the Briefcase in Pulp Fiction?

Here's a great game for proud grammar Nazis and everyone else, too. How fast can you spot improper English word usage and spelling? (via b3ta)

Placing Literature is a project in which the settings for your favorite novels are mapped onto the exact locations from the books. There are 1,500 data points already mapped, and book lovers are invited to add more.  (via HuffPo Books)

35 Essential Life Lessons We Can Learn From Animals. With the properly adorable photo illustrations.

A Book Can Change Your Life.

Famous Directors’ Forgotten TV Projects. Alternately, you may have seen these and never realized who was behind them.

How Coffee Could Save Your Life. I'll drink to that -several cups every morning.

Someone Figured Out How Many Licks It Takes To Get To The Center Of A Tootsie Pop. Because science, and Tootsie Pops.

From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals. And how a new program might reverse the trend.

The cruel, predictable outcome of fat-shaming. Negative comments and discrimination only make things worse.


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The Bubble Wrap Bike

Eric Buss rides around on his bubble wrap bike. The noise woke up every child in the neighborhood, who all ran outside and excitedly began to stomp the rest of the bubbles. (via Daily of the Day)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pogo Remixes Mary Poppins: What I Likes

Nick Bertke celebrate his birthdays Friday by posting his latest remix, made completely from the sounds found in the 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins. (via Viral Viral Videos)

This Door is Alarmed

I've never seen building components share their emotions this way. Have you?  (via reddit))

Your Plan is Flawed

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The GPS Prank

College Humor staged a prank in which a live human voices a taxi cab's GPS. The service goes from believable to slightly incompetent to downright goofy. This compilation of passengers only contains those who were paying attention. Paying attention can turn out to be fun! (via Viral Viral Videos)

Don't Flush

Two-year-old Car Expert

Here's more proof that a little child can learn anything her parents are interested in: a Russian two-year-old girl recognizes all kinds of vehicles from their logos. They are pronounced a little differently in Russian, but I'm impressed. I was in my twenties before I could recognize any car brand besides Volkswagen, and in my forties before I could reliably recognize American cars. (via Tastefullly Offensive)

What Bears Do in the Woods

The Alberta Parks Department trained a camera trap on a particular tree to see what happens. The results are shown in this time-lapse video. You'll see plenty of different animals, but one bear decided this was the best tree in the world -and told all his friends!  (via Metafilter)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

What a Relief!

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Killing Floor

Performed by the Samantha Fish Band. (via Everlasting Blort)

Exploring Literacy

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Stop Playing and Pet Me!

Kodi doesn't think practicing the piano is anywhere near as important as an ear scratch. (via Tastefully Offensive)



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The Catman Rises

A fan goes to Comic Con and shows off his homemade Batman costume. A sweet and funny story, filmed at Comic Con 2012.

Excuse Me, Sir

Friday, July 26, 2013

Valid Coupon

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D.O.A. is a 1950 film noir about a man who must solve his own murder.


Mama Cat and Ducklings

Videographer Maura Cunningham gives us an update on the Irish cat named Clara who is raising a nest of ducklings along with her own kittens. The ducklings grew faster than the kittens, and Clara did not like it one bit when one of them dared to leave the nest! For the rest of the video, she was all, "Come back here! I'm not finished lecturing you!" (via I Have Seen the Whole of the Internet)

War Bonds Outhouse

It's Hot!

Seagull Helps Himself to Meal

Conlett White of Hove, East Sussex, UK, planned to play a prank on his housemate, Richard Hammond. White made a special tuna salad meal for Hammond and left it on the counter. It was "special" because all the food was laced with lots of pepper. Since he couldn't be there to see Hammond's reaction, White rigged a camera to catch the scene. Instead, the camera caught a seagull who came in through the window for a free meal. Now, pepper doesn't bother birds, but after the seagull ate an entire plate of food, he got his payback while trying to escape the kitchen. (via Arbroath)

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65 Cosplay Pictures From San Diego Comic Con 2013.

6 Ways to Beat the Heat Without Air Conditioning. None of which actually work.

Obama and Congress can tinker with the economy all they want, but what we really need are decent wages for workers.

Time-Lapse Of The North Pole Melting Is A Beautiful Sign Of Our Impending Doom. When that ice cap is all gone, its goodbye polar bears and coastal cities.

The Weirdest Typewriters You’ve Ever Seen. A lot of different designed were tried out before we got stuck with QWERTY.

The Simpsons Co-Creator Sam Simon Is Donating His Entire Fortune To Charity. He hopes to give it all away before he dies of cancer.

A doctor and a visionary discuss the possibilities of stopping the aging process. One believes that it's possible to live to 150 years old -or even longer.

The beauty of George H.W. Bush's shaved head. Don't miss the picture of 27 bald men and one little boy.

Not a Good Moooove

Trampolines were not designed for this. (via Fark)

26 Weird Animal Mating Habits

Mental_floss video has John Green explaining some very strange ways Mother Nature gets different animals to reproduce. It all probably makes perfect sense if you're one of these animals. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

That's a Plan!

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The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra

Don't have money for a musical instrument? These students in Paraguay made their own -out of trash! (via reddit)

8 Wonderfully Creative Crochet Projects

If you can dream it, someone can crochet it. It's a bit like 3D printing in that way, but the skill, creativity, and care that went into these crochet works of art make them so much different from anything molded in plastic. I hope you like the projects I posted at mental_floss as much as I do!

A Heinous Crime

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True Facts About The Owl

The latest in Ze Frank's "True Facts" series is about owls. You'll see cute, creepy, and weird owls, as expected, and just a little gore, because they are predators. (via Buzzfeed)

The Present of Rabbits

Harry Potter Week

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Tumbleweed Tango

Here's the topic for your cartoon short: balloon dogs in a cactus patch. Yes, it's as delightful as it sounds. (via the Presurfer)

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10 Missing Treasures You Should Really Be Looking For!

The Town Crier Was The Best Part Of The Royal Birth.

How Credit Card Numbers Work. (Thanks, Nick!)

Silicon Valley Then and Now. And what caused it to change so much.

Banksy Vs. Robbo. A war played out on one wall.

The newborn future King of England is named George. He joins a list of six previous King Georges, each one quite colorful in his own way.

And now a quick comparison of Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Contains spoilers, which you should already know about Star Wars, at least.

Whatever happened to Monica Lewinsky? Now 40 years old, she's realized the value of privacy.

What it's like to do voiceovers for porn. Someone's gotta do it, as described in a SFW video.

The real story behind The Conjuring and four other horror movies 'based on a true story.' You don't have to believe them, all that matters is whether you buy a ticket.

The Standoff

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Beijing Subway

Morning rush hour in Beijing. Good luck getting off the train at your stop, because you might get pushed back in! (via reddit)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Buy More Pizza!

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Nothing to Prove

Have you heard the arguments on some internet forums about whether a particular woman is a "geek" or a "fake geek girl" -or even ether such a thing as a female geek exists? Meanwhile, there is a large and growing group of women who have heard it all and want you to know they have nothing to prove. Geek girls are what they are, and the song "Nothing to Prove" by The Doubleclicks says it well. In this video, women -and very young girls, too- contribute video clips that say what they want to add to the conversation. You can submit a picture or story, too, at the Tumblr blog Geek Girls have #Nothing to Prove. (via Metafiter)

What a Bargain!

Animals Being Awesome

Animals can learn to do anything! But I still wouldn't issue a dog a driver's license… (via Uproxx)

Bad Baby

How Hot Is It?

Hot enough to melt your Skittles. (via Happy Place)

The Japanese Shamwow

Man with a Mission is a Japanese rock and dance band whose members wear wolf masks. Really. Due to popular demand, the We Are Family towels sold at their concerts are now available in the band's gift shop (and they may even cost less than the ad says, but my Japanese is rusty). This humorous ad for them really doesn't need much in the way of translation, but if you understand Japanese, it would be nice if you would help us understand. (via Daily of the Day)

Miss Cellania's Links

Stock Market Behavior Predicted by Rat Neurons.

Here’s 75 Minutes Of CNN’s Non-Stop Royal Baby Coverage Condensed To 40 Seconds And Set To Yakety Sax.

In 1994, a fairly new software company called Netscape set up a live webcam, trained on its fish tank. That webcam is still going, 19 years later. (via Geekologie)

The Evolution of American Barbecue

Women Make Men More Generous.

My internet friend Scooter Mengele does digital restoration of old photographs. Check out his work!

Kate Middleton probably spent less on childbirth than the average American woman. A normal delivery in the U.S. costs more than anywhere else in the world, especially if you have no insurance.

A Woman And Her Father Share The World’s Most Touching Wedding Dance. It was created for him to experience before he dies of cancer.

Ten Of Television’s Finest Examples Of Chekhov’s Gun. Another reason to pay attention to details instead of working while your favorite show is on.

Striking Portraits of Superheroes Reveal Their Inner Identities. Graphic designer Khoa Ho's minimalist illustrations show the fictional niche each one fits into.

Watermelon Catapult

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And He Sticks the Landing!

YouTube member hinamitetu builds robots that do gymnastic routines. Here you see Gymnast Robot #16 does a high bar routine and dismounts with a quadruple backflip -and lands perfectly. They don't always work this well, as you can see in his blooper video. (via Metafilter)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Math Tudar

English tudar needed as well. (via Criggo)

"Ice Ice Baby" Sung By the Movies

YouTube member dondrapersayswhat has another edit of movie clips that together sing the lyrics to the song "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice. Why? Because people will really admire your editing skills, even if they hate the song. (via Laughing Squid)

Danger Sign

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Is This What Happens to Bad Kitties?

Four cats investigate an addition to their home -a stuffed bobcat. There's a dog, too, but he stays way back in the distance, just in case. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)


A Photobombed Proposal: the Meteoric Rise of InTheWay Guy

Some internet memes arise so fast and so strong that they burn out quickly. Here's the story of one that exploded just this morning on reddit, and only time will tell how long it lasts. It starts with a proposal no one who's seen it will ever forget. See what I mean in an article I posted at mental_floss.