Monday, September 30, 2013

Before and After

One-eyed Jacks

The only film Marlon Brando ever directed, One-eyed Jacks is a 1961 western that initially flopped but has since become a classic.

In Stock

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Get Out

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Here Are 5 Fun Facts About Coffee For National Coffee Day.

At Metafiler, Rhaomi constructed an ASCII periodic table of the elements in which each elemental symbol is a link to something about Breaking Bad, which contains the letters of that symbol. You could lose the rest of the day with this.

12 Movies That Are Just As Good As The Books They're Based On. So you can honestly enjoy them twice.

Although they had their differences, Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers were committed to the idea of religious freedom in America. A new book tells how they took Islam into account when they set that principle into the Constitution.

10 Bizarre Literary Myths and Conspiracy Theories. Whether mundane or outlandish, we still don't know how true they are.
of jogger-pusher so they can keep running together.

Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a new scheme to save money on jail inmates. In addition to living in tents and wearing pink underwear, they will now be served vegetarian meals.

Born in the wrong body: The transgender struggle. An overview of the facts and the challenges for those who want to adjust their biology.

The Shower Experiment is shocking.

Which Cable Channels Cost the Most (and Least). (via Digg)

How the world’s countries compare on income inequality (the U.S. ranks below Nigeria).


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

27 Drinks Made From Coffee

For some reason, I always thought there was coffee, and then there was coffee with other stuff in it. This mental_floss video features guest host Wheezywaiter from The Gaslight Coffee Roasters in Chicago, who knows a lot more about coffee than I do. Since this is not a Starbucks video, I still haven't found out whether there is any coffee in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. (via mental_floss)


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Soviet Parade

A Stop Sign

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Teenager Gets Robotic Arm

Dee Faught was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. He's now 17 years old, and his biggest wish is to be able to reach things, so he can be more independent. A team of bioengineering students at Rice University designed a robotic arm that does the things Faught needs. It's not yet perfected, but this recent tryout shows the arm's promise.
The students, who did the bulk of their work at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, hope to commercialize the product, they see themselves working on it even after graduation. They are applying for grants to further develop R-ARM and hope to work with advisers at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to devise a business plan.

Gonzalez said he is aware of commercial robotic arms that cost upward of $25,000. The students made Faught’s arm for $800. “As we start producing more, the cost could go down even further,” Nojoomi added.
Read more about the project at Rice. (via reddit)

Saturday, September 28, 2013


Bye Bye Breaking Bad

The characters of Breaking Bad say "Bye Bye Bye." (via Tastefully Offensive)

Graffiti Gallery

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The Writing on the Wall

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Isaac Newton: 17th-Century London’s Dirty Harry.

The Difference Between Science and Breaking Bad. While Vince Gilligan and the writers of Breaking Bad were getting a crash course in science, University of Oklahoma chemistry professor Dr. Donna Nelson was getting a crash course in television as the show's science consultant.

Wojtek was a Persian bear cub who was adopted by a unit of Polish soldiers training under the British Army in the Middle East during World War II. When the unit was deployed to Europe, the only way they could take Wojtek with them was to make him an official soldier. (via Digg)

5 Fun Facts: It's All Greek To Me.

All Republicans Want in Exchange for Not Destroying the Economy Is Everything.

Cancelled Wedding Turns into Feast for Homeless People. (Thanks, Bill Badrick!)

Photo Essay: Chasing Meth in Laurel County, Kentucky.

HAMuel L. Jackson and Other Wordplay Graffiti by Hanksy.

Did the Wrong Man Spend 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?
Tweets Reformatted as Telegrams.  (via Nag on the Lake)

Unexpected Snag

How to Make Star Wars Great Again

TrumanPDX sends an open letter to J.J. Abrams in the form of a video explaining what made Star Wars so special in the first place. I agree, follow what was great about the original trilogy without trying to outshine or out-CGI the prequels. But when he asks for fewer cutsie characters, well, good luck with that. After all, Disney is never going to pass up an opportunity for product marketing. (via Ryan Galloway)

Friday, September 27, 2013

One Sorry Individual

Poor Jesse Pinkman. Has any character ever gone through so much misery and abuse in the history of television? This supercut contain spoilers. It also contains of lot of hurt, so viewer discretion is advised. (via Uproxx)

Happy Birthday

A friend on Facebook sent me this. I love it! Thanks!

This is a more realistic depiction of my birthday.

Before and After

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Wash Hands

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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Facts.

6 Movies You Won't Believe Are Based on Insane True Stories. (via Unreality)

"The Republicans are ramping up the fight against Obamacare for one reason: once people are using it, they'll realize it is not horrible."

Should You Take Your Lottery Winnings in a Lump Sum or Annual Payments?

Powerball Lottery Winners Call it a “Curse.” Mo' money, mo' problems.

26 Things You Didn’t Know About The Princess Bride. An R.O.U.S. in jail? Inconceivable!

7 Breathtakingly Sexist Quotes by Famous and Respected Male Authors. Guess which one said, "A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul."

In two weeks, The Walking Dead will be back to begin season four. These 50 photos from the new season might help you get over the loss of Breaking Bad.

10 Enchanting Miniature Scenes Made From Household Objects. Artist William Kass sees the possibilities in what's just laying around.

14 of Your Dog's Wild Relatives. These wolves, foxes, and other wild dogs may be cute, but they are still wild.


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mixed Breed Horse

The Art of Hay Sculpture

In the fall, a blogger's heart turns to thoughts of autumn decorations. Some folks go a little further than others in that department. Farmers and those with access to plenty of room and lots of hay have fun building large sculptures for the amusement of others. Here are just a few of those artful bales in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Shark Cat: The Song

The guys at Brunswick Project were inspired to give Max-Arthur, also known at the Shark Cat, a soundtrack of his own. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Washing the Cat


GIFS Set to Music

If you can tolerate a little NSFW language, you'll will split your sides at how appropriate the soundtrack is for each segment.

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The First Beatle to Visit America.

All the James Bonds Combined. (via reddit)

Why do so many women watch Law&Order: SVU?

Twitter users sometimes go overboard or completely out of bounds when making up metaphors. Look up what they say about your home on the map called (via Metafilter)

Jeff Grubb and his fiancee Stephanie did their own set of engagement pictures, using whatever clothing and props they could come up with and filling in the rest with Photoshop. The results are a lot of fun, because they reference many of their favorite movies.

Fox Television will present a new Batman show with no Batman. Gotham will feature Commissioner Gordon as a crime fighter facing super villains with only cops to help him.

Madame Nhu was the "Dragon lady" of South Vietnam until 1963, when she disappeared for the next 50 years. A new book chronicles her rise to power with material from Nhu herself and a diary she left behind.

Psst! Wanna see a sea sponge that looks like a Muppet? It's a clear case of pareidolia, but you'll laugh when you see it.

The 10 Juiciest Presidential Sex Scandals. They all seem rather run-of-the-mill now, unlike the days when these were just unpublished whispers.

The House of Blood. Make your home look like a bloody mess with these products for all budgets.

Dating Profile

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Breaking Dead

I had wondered what AMC was going to air in the weekend between the end of Breaking Bad and the beginning of the new season of The Walking Dead. They could do worse than connect one show to the other. It makes about as much sense as anything else in the two series.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What a Sale!

Solar Bath

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12 Weird Cheetos Variants.

Frances Henshaw was a 14-year-old schoolgirl when she drew a series of maps in 1828. There were only 24 states at that time; she reproduced 19 of them -beautifully. 

5 Surprising Things That Have Cow Parts in Them.

Imagine getting a call saying you've won a Nobel Prize! Here's how that happens. (via Digg)

Advice to girls about masturbation, from 1918.

Dramatic before and after photos reveal the devastation of the Colorado floods. And they don't have much recovery time before winter sets in.

The Top Blocked Websites at Workplaces in the U.S. I once worked for a company that considered anything besides the weather forecast to be "inappropriate."

50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child. If you don't have young children, you can use this as a gift guide for kids you know.

Dr. Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, follows Danny Torrance as an adult. Read a couple of terrifying excerpts.

Horse_ebooks Is Dead. What we thought was a delightful Twitter spambot turns out to be an artist pulling our legs.

Spock Cat

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lil Bub Edits Mental_floss Magazine

It really happened.

Safe Sex T.rex

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5 Places That Are Still On Fire

Living near an active volcano can make you nervous, but it's not the only fire down below. Coal is a long-burning mineral hidden underground that can ignite when the circumstances are right. Those circumstances include contact with air, which happens when we try to take the coal out of the ground for our own purposes. Here are five coal seams that have been burning for a long time, in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Photograph by Flickr user Proper Pictures.

Typical Murderers

Weather Report

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The Difference Between Sperm and Sperm Whales

The physics of scale has a profound effect on locomotion. The way we move through the world seems so normal, but is very different from what a single-cell organism has to deal with. The title comparison of this TED-Ed presentation comes from the fact that a sperm is a single cell that must move, but cannot do it the same way larger organisms like a whale moves around. Aatish Bhatia gives us the short version, with animation by Brad Purnell. You'll find a more in-depth explanation at Bhatia's website. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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How the West Was Won.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is taking advantage of the fan frenzy leading up to the Breaking Bad series finale by auctioning off some of the props used in the show. (via Buzzfeed)

The Play Deficit. Kids need unstructured play time with other kids (not "playdates") to get a fully-rounded education.

4 Surprising Facts About Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte.

The $200K lesson I learned from getting shot. A lesson in the value of health insurance.

The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect. 

TV Shows Whose Lead Character is the Least Interesting.
Here's a research paper that reveals the mechanism for Wolverine's amazing ability to heal and regenerate after deploying his adamantium claws, or after he is wounded by an enemy. (via Boing Boing)

Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that can eat your brain. The death of a four-year-old in New Orleans has public health officials (and everyone else) worried.

Why atheists are starting their own global church. It has all the benefits of organized religion -except the religion.

Overcoming Obstacles

What Demetrius de Moors Did

This is a great story, even if you don't care a thing about wrestling. Demetrius was later received recognition as a 2012 National Sportsmanship Awards Honoree. (via Uproxx)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Terror by Night

Basil Rathbone plays Sherlock Holmes in the 1946 film Terror by Night.

Rob 'n' Ron

This is described as a "miniature spaghetti Western." Ron and Ron are brothers planning a "big" bank robbery. (via the Presurfer)

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The complete list of winners from last night's Emmy Awards. Because you were watching Breaking Bad, Dexter, or football, weren't you?

The Origins of the Periodic Table.

Karl Taro Greenfeld was concerned about the amount of homework his eighth-grade daughter was doing -several hours every night. He decided to do the same homework every night for a week.

I’m Just A Free Spirit Who Is Entirely Financially Dependent On Others. 

5 Fascinating Facts: Echidna.

Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions.

19 ways to make an illustrator grind their teeth to bloody stumps.

These Republicans Who Voted To Cut Food Stamps Personally Received Large Farm Subsidies.

The Most Emotional Scenes on Film. Contains spoilers and videos; bring your own hankie.

11 Fictional Family Trees. A handy guide for untangling your pop culture relationships.

Behind Bars Blues

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Bun Shelf

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Thought Rays


It's Your Fault

The Indian comedy collective India Bakchod produced this black humor PSA to highlight the attitudes of many involved in rape cases.
Every sexual assault case in India inspires a string of stupid and hateful remarks against women. This is our response to those remarks.
The video features Bollywood stars Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhat, and Ashish Shakya. (via Metafilter)

Saturday, September 21, 2013

How Breaking Bad Should End

Every fan has their theories and flights of fancy about how Breaking Bad should end, or predictions about what will happen in the final episodes, so the Key of Awesome wrote a little song about them. Does it contain spoilers? Possibly, if you are only one or two seasons into the series. Otherwise, it's all speculation and nonsense, wrapped up in a funny song. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Cats Knocking Things Over

Households are constantly falling apart because the cat knocks things off the table. Admittedly, some of these cats were tempted for the camera, but it's still natural behavior. Cats just like to watch things fall. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

The Art of Sushi

In a classic sense, the "art of sushi" lies in the skill of making a delectable morsel that causes people to want more of your creations. But here we are talking about visual art, which you can enjoy on the internet, where communicating taste is still in the future. That itself comes in two kinds: sushi (or in some cases, onigiri, or rice balls) that look like something artful besides sushi, and other foods made to resemble sushi. See a selection of each in a roundup I posted at mental_floss.

Sidecar Paddy Wagon

"As Seen on TV" Product Testing

Mario and Fafa test the ShamWow and the SlapChop. I've never used either product, but the first time I saw the Slap Chop, I thought about how difficult it would be to use and wash compared to, say, a knife. From Glove and Boots. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Grow Your Own

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Batdad is a Vine user with four kids and a Batman mask. That leads to some ridiculous 6-second videos, compiled here for your amusement. More at Vine.  (via reddit)

Friday, September 20, 2013

How to Eat Your Food

Jeff Wysaski isn't giving you a tutorial as much as he is illustrating the way the real world works. (via Pleated-Jeans)

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From Arsenic to Xanax, 250 Milestones in the History of Drugs.

Who Inherited Howard Hughes' Money? 

House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls.

Is This Bridezilla for Real?

Breaking Bad
fans: How long will Huell stay in the safe house when no one comes to get him?

A right-wing group is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to convince young people to go without health insurance to make a political statement and sink Obamacare. However, students can stay on their parents' plan until they are 26 -if their parents have health insurance.

19 Revealing Things The Pope Said In His Tell-All Interview. The whole interview was 20,000 words, so you might want to just hit the highlights.

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Band of Brothers: Where Are They Now? The actors from the acclaimed miniseries proved their worth and can be seen all over movies and TV.

The 11 Scariest Mothers In Books. All the better to make you appreciate the mom you've got.

A new survey shows that prison inmates are increasingly likely to receive life sentences, even if convicted as juveniles. Are we giving up on the possibility of rehabilitation?

Must Have Been Made For Him

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

10 Cats Who Live at the Library

A library can operate without a cat, but a library with a cat is special. They draw new patrons to the library, they make people smile, calm the staff, and they keep mice away. Some also work to promote literacy, library use, and pet adoption. And curling up with a cat and a good book is a pleasant way to spend time at the local library. Meet ten library cats in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Escaped Squirrel

Learn How to Walk

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate day! To get in the groove, here's How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate.

What Did Barney Rubble Do for a Living?

US super-rich hit new wealth record five years after financial crisis. (via Dangerous Minds)

Maryland's Goatman Is Half Man, Half Goat, And Out For Blood.
Sexting, Shame and Suicide: A shocking tale of sexual assault in the Digital Age.

The Bloggess has found a new friend.

Did Hollywood Give the 1920s a Boob Job? The flappers of the 1920s didn't have what the actresses in The Great Gatsby had, meaning prominent breasts. 

Strap a GoPro camera to an eagle and see where he goes. You may then regret that you weren't born an eagle.

How To Turn 6,700 Weapons Into Musical Instruments. Pedro Reyes used guns seized from drug cartels to make an orchestra.

We saw some of Reyes earlier works in the post Swords into Plowshares: Peaceful Weapon Recycling.

Everything is Samuel L. Jackson's Fault

Use some common sense. Young or impressionable kids should not watch Samuel L. Jackson movies, mainly because they are all rated R. Then there's the Star Wars prequels, which kids should not watch because they just aren't very good. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How to Empty a Swimming Pool

They put a lot of thought into this. Which wasn't needed at all. And grandpa kept his hat on! (via Metafilter)

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Everything Wrong With The Wizard Of Oz

CinemaSins takes all the magic and suspension of disbelief out of a beloved movie icon. Oh yeah, we mentioned most of these things in school after the annual showing of the movie, but we were kids and thought we were SO smart. Just enjoy the movie, already! (via Tastefully Offensive)

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The Adventures of M.D. Levitt, M.D. A man also known as Dr. Fart.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments explains logical fallacies so you can avoid using them or defend yourself against them -or at least recognize them. The cartoons that accompany each fallacy show animals who take the concept at hand to a ridiculous level. (via Buzzfeed)

Bitten by a Black Widow Spider.

Lifting the Costa Concordia.

19: The True Story of the Yarnell Fire.

The Walking Dead will spawn a spinoff series beginning in 2015. AMC is developing a seperate story with different characters inhabiting the same zombie apocalypse.

A group of Ohio State University students rented a house near campus. It turned out there was another guy living in the basement, whom none of the other residents knew. (via Metafilter)

Amy Poehler’s Best Advice for Girls. The most pithy snippets from her video series Ask Amy, consolidated into one awesome list.

The Emmy Awards will be announced Sunday night. Here are the nominees, with predictions about who will win.

Imagine you come home one day and all your taps pour out beer. It really happened to one guy, thanks to a lot of work by his pranking buddies.