Saturday, November 30, 2013

Once in a Lifetime

This 1932 pre-code film is based on the George S. Kaufman/Moss Hart stage comedy of the same name. It's about the difficulties Hollywood went through switching from silent films to talkies.

The Problem

Well, he has his phone, so he took a picture and posted it to the internet. Would it be so hard to call someone to come help? Even if he doesn't know anyone, there's a solution:



(via reddit)

Cats Giving a High Five

Even when you discount the ones in which someone is trying to train a cat with treats, this is an impressive number of high five-giving cats! (via Buzzfeed)


Black Friday

(via reddit)

Are Imperial Measurements Outdated?

Matt Parker from Number Hub explains how logical and intuitive our imperial system of measurement is. Why would anyone want to give up such a wonderful system to go metric? How boring it would be to know everything is a multiple of ten -and that you can relate units of length to units of volume, weight, and other dimensions! This video only deals with units of length. We imagine if he got started on imperial liquid volume measurements, such nonsense could go on all day. However, Parker does have a video on the odd way we measure paper. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Friday, November 29, 2013

Crime Fighter

The A Cappella Little Drummer Boy

Pentatonix sings "The Little Drummer Boy" from their new Christmas album PTXmas, which contains eight a cappella versions of classic Christmas carols.
(via Viral Viral Videos)

Canadian Archaeology

(via reddit)

Bears Doing Human Things

Bears doing human things in a circus because they are trained to: not funny. Bears doing human things in an everyday setting because they just look like they are: funny! A whole lot of bears put together in one video: really cute. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Continual Dinner

Geography Lesson

It was supposed to be a philosophy lesson. (via Buzzfeed)


Jack English lives in a cabin he built himself deep in the Ventana Wilderness in California. Now 93 years old, he lives exactly the way he wants to: self-sufficient and close to nature.
It's not that I don't like people; I do. But I don't like swarms of them.
English bought the property he lives on back in the 1970s. He and his wife built the cabin from nearby rocks and timber, and any other materials were hauled by by mule or on Jack's back. Since his wife died in 2000, he's lived there full time, chopping his own firewood and hand-crafting violin bows for a living. This beautiful video by Grace Jackson lets English tell you the story in his own words. (via the Presurfer)

If this leaves you wanting to know more about English, photographer Bob Towery wrote a six-part series about Jack English a few years ago.

Miss Cellania's Links

Matt Hoyle's Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People.

The Lake Monsters of America.

Goats in Sweaters.

Who has the tallest Christmas tree in America?

Candy and Gingerbread Galleries by Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin.

Among American workers, poll finds unprecedented anxiety about jobs, economy.

Video of a Computer Model Reconstruction of the Elephant Man Reciting a Poem (and how they did it).

15 Things You Might Not Know About Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Beauty Value Research Review.

Cooking Up Meteors

Aaron Paul (formerly of Breaking Bad) tells the story about that time he pranked his roommate Dave into thinking there was a meteor shower in the backyard. Just when you start to get tired of the story, it takes a left turn that will make your mouth fall open. 

Is it true? It's not the first time he told the story, and this clip has proof. (via Daily of the Day)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Pop Tarts


Newton Faulkner's new music video "Indecisive" is a hair-raising experience!

The Feast

(via Buzzfeed)

Pun Plates

Proposing to Summer (in three parts)

Filmmaker Jordan Halland picked a particular night to propose to Summer Jones. Somehow, she found out about it ahead of time. But did she know that he knew that she knew? He used this knowledge to set up something completely different, and spent the evening teasing her. Meanwhile, his buddies were surreptitiously following the couple and recording every scene. That's going to be a proposal neither of them will ever forget. Particularly as the video is going viral! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Miss Cellania's Thanksgiving Links

5 Reasons to Give Thanks in 2013.

What to Watch on TV Thanksgiving Weekend.

20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloons Used to Be Extremely Creepy.

A WKRP Thanksgiving Quiz.

11 Steps For Cooking A PERFECT Thanksgiving Turkey. From the Onion. (via Slate)

Answers to All the Tech Questions Your Family Will Ask You This Holiday.

Thanksgiving: When Lots of College Freshmen Return to Dump Their High-School Sweethearts. (via Fark)

When Thanksgiving Meant a Fancy Meal Out on the Town.

How We Used to Give Thanks in Wartime.

The Ten Best Things about Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

Christmas Time At Disneyland & California.

Eating Disorder

First Look

(via The Chive)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


25 Little Known Facts About Thanksgiving

In the latest mental_floss video, John Green busts some myths and dishes the trivia about the Pilgrims and their feast that got handed down to us in the form of a holiday that now consists of eating too much, watching football, and Christmas shopping. We don't need to recreate the Thanksgiving celebration at Plymouth Colony, which would be mostly impossible, but we should know some of the real history of the holiday. (via Tastefully Offensive)  

Holiday Spirit

(via reddit)

Car L Meets the Lions

I showed you National Geographic's experience with taking pictures of lions with a remote-control robot camera. This is a different story, in a different country, in which we get to see what goes on behind the scenes. Photographer Chris McLennan and engineer Carl Hansen fashioned a robot camera to take close up photographs of lions in Botswana. The lions acted just as your house cats do when confronted by a novel toy moving seemingly on its own. The video was shot from a safe distance, but did they get the close up pictures they wanted? You betcha! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Haunted Mansion Test

From NeatoFacto.

I Am Spartacus

In another episode of Improv Everywhere's Movies in Real Life series, someone orders a drink at Starbucks and says his name is Spartacus. As they do, the barista writes the name on the cup. If you are familiar with the movie Spartacus, you can see where this is going. When the barista calls out for Spartacus, the iconic final scene is re-enacted, much to the delight of the crew and other patrons. No lives were at stake, but wait until you see who really gets the coffee! (via Viral Viral Videos

Miss Cellania's Links

Exclusive Interview: Beth Evans, Cartoonist.

A 15-year-old commits armed robbery, and gets six life sentences plus 118 years. (via Metafilter)

Vintage Photos of Dressed-up Pets. (via mental_floss)

You think Americans are bad at naming all the states on a map? Wait until you see how the British do on the US map!

Michael Jordan's Chicago home is up for sale to the highest bidder. Take a look inside the 56,000 square foot house and see what you think it's worth.

9 True Crime Books That Will Absolutely Disturb You. I've read enough of them to vouch for the accuracy of this list.

The War on Thanksgiving. Black Friday was bad enough, but now retail workers have to give up their holiday to satisfy the race for Christmas shopping dollars.

Friendly reminder: Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Two stories that didn't pass the smell test ended up in the mainstream media before all the facts were in.

6 Real Heists More Badass Than Any Movie. (via Daily of the Day)

Out of the Ordinary Thanksgivings. Stuff happens, but when you just go with the flow, you can end up with a holiday to remember and cherish.

America's Funniest Thanksgiving Disasters

America's Funniest Videos posted a compilation of Thanksgiving clips as a seasonal greeting. If nothing this horrible happens to you during the family get-together, you can consider your celebration a success. But if one of these horrors really does happen, I hope you get it on video! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Precious Memories


The song "Systematic" by the Midnight Juggernauts has a artsy surreal cat video. (via Daily of the Day)

Turkey Recipe

(via reddit)

9 Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Fusion Dishes

This Thursday will be the only time in your life that Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fit together well, as they are both holidays centered around gratitude that involve eating a lot. What better way to celebrate this confluence than with fusion recipes for tasty things to eat for your “Thanksgivukkah” feast? Check out nine recipes linked in a holiday roundup I posted at mental_floss.

Cats and Mirrors

You might recall how you laughed at Dansons la Capucine, the video of two cats playing pat-a-cake in French. This video is from the same French overdubber, Parole de Chat. he offers a "scientific" classification of the reaction cats have to seeing their reflection in a mirror. If you don't understand French, you'll be kept busy switching from watching the funny cats to keeping up with the captions, but the effort will be worth it. Watch twice if necessary. (via Metafilter

Unpleasant Companions

With It

(via The Chive)

OSU Marching Band Does the Gettysburg Address

At the last home game of the season Saturday, the Ohio State University marching band does a tribute to the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. They play songs of the era while making impossibly complicated formations and animated figures. The University Glee Club also makes an appearance. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Miss Cellania's Links

Man Meets Cartoon. The history of blending animation with live-action footage.

38 Pictures That Prove Cats Have Hearts Of Gold.

The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath. (via Digg)

When You’re Poor, Bad Decisions Are Rational. Lack of hope for a better tomorrow makes all the difference.

Eau My! is George Takei's signature fragrance. (via Blazenfluff)

The 15 Most Influential Animals That Ever Lived. These set the standard to which Grumpy Cat and Boo can aspire.

31 Things No One Tells You About Becoming A Parent. That extra 15 pounds is from leftovers, not ice cream.

10 Fascinating, Unbelievable Facts About Infomercials That You Probably Didn’t Know. Well, some you may already know, like the products are overpriced, cheap crap.

They said it wouldn't last, but John and Ann Betar have been married for 81 years, the longest of any American couple. John says, "The key is to always agree with your wife."

Five Other Thanksgiving Holidays. Our turkey feast this week is a particularly American event, but many countries set aside a day to be thankful in one way or another.

Pilgrim Kitteh

(via Fark)

The Thanksgivukkah Anthem

The confluence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving is rare enough that the NeatoShop designed a commemorative t-shirt. Now we have a song for the occasion, too! The Jewish a cappella group Six13 gives us a Thanksgivukkah song that will be good for exactly ...three more days. So make the most of it while you can, and send a greeting to someone with the song through the group's website. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Royals A Cappella

The organization Support A Cappella held a music education seminar at which the Florida State University AcaBelles performed "Royals" in their sweet angelic voices -and that includes the sweet angelic beatboxers. The harmonies are awesome, and the lead just gets better as the song progresses. (via Viral Viral Videos)

The Blessing

(Thanks, Bill!)

Ward's First Year

Ward Miles was born three and a half months premature. You'll first see him at four days old, the first time his mama Lyndsey got the chance to hold him. You can see her fear, joy, and sadness all at once as she cradles her super tiny son who is covered with tubes and monitors. But Miles was a fighter, and came home a few months later, near his original due date (and on his mother's birthday). You can read more of his story at HuffPo.

Miles' father, filmmaker and photographer Benjamin Scot Miller, made this video of their baby's first year as the next year's birthday gift for Lyndsey. You may want to have a hankie ready. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tomato Dude

Getting A Homeless Man Home

Rarely does one come across the opportunity to do something that makes this much difference in someone's life, but the odds are increased when you take the time to listen to someone's story. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Hybrid Animal

(via The Chive)

Russian Resourcefulness

Just yesterday we had a post about Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, and now we have a video from there! A Honda SUV that had ventured out on the frozen lake crashed through the ice. According to commenters, Lake Bailkal has no bridges, but there are ferries in the summer, and people drive across on the ice in winter all the time. But this happened in late spring, when the ice was melting.

Now what to do? They can't bring heavy equipment out on the ice, considering what's already happened. So... these guys built their own human-powered winch to haul the car back up! The car survived, and is still in use. The music is Декабрь - Дубинушка. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Miss Cellania's Links

11 Foods Inspired By The Hunger Games.

Unaccountable: The high cost of the Pentagon's bad bookkeeping. (via Metafilter)

Adam Koford's Down with the Laugh-Out-Loud Cats.

Why I Make Terrible Decisions, or, poverty thoughts. (via Boing Boing

The first three women ever have graduated from Marine Corps infantry training. But they still have to wait two years to be assigned to a combat unit.

10 Legendary Celebrity Parties. Magic happens at the intersection of celebration and public relations.

How To Win Every Thanksgiving Argument. The downside is that you might not be invited back next year.

The 35 Most Touching Photos on the Internet. You'll smile one moment, and then cry in the next.

What do you do when the local police keep arresting your employees and customers for trespassing and loitering? (via Metafilter) The police are circling the wagons.

Marion Stokes Taped 35 Years Of TV News. Now it belongs to the Internet Archive. (via mental_floss)

Cat Traps

(via Fark)

Rob Ford: The Movie

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is constantly in the news for smoking crack, cavorting with prostitutes, and making a mockery of city government. The question is: who will play him in the inevitable movie version? Despite having died in 1997, Chris Farley is the number one choice. And that movie has already been made. (via Time Newsfeed)

Chapter One: Thanksgiving Menu

Several family members may or may not show up for Thanksgiving, and all are welcome, but I hope the ones I am specifically cooking for are really hungry. You see, the key to Thanksgiving in my family is apparently carbohydrates. In this case, starchy side dishes.

Everyone has their own idea of tradition and comfort food. For Thanksgiving, these come together in that everyone wants the comfort food of their childhood. My originating family always ate grandma's turkey dressing recipe of cornbread and onions and a few other simple ingredients that turns out oh so delicious. To make this recipe properly, you have to have the background of eating it every year and helping make it, so you know how much of each ingredient to use. Otherwise, you really don't know how you are doing until it's done. This is what I make every year, and it's comfort food to me.

My husband, however, is from California. He doesn't care for cornbread much at all, unless it's full of sugar, which clashes with my Southern sensibilities. His traditional Thanksgiving comfort food is Stovetop Stuffing. He will have it, which is okay as one of the kids likes it, too.

Lest you think he comes from an instant food tradition, he insists that mashed potatoes be a part of the feast, and they cannot be instant. So we will also have mashed potatoes, which he gets to make. I've got enough to deal with with the 24-pound bird and everything else. I will triple the gravy recipe.

The kids' grandmother, who is my late husband's mother, always made chicken and dumplings as a side dish for Thanksgiving. I never really understood it, as I consider chicken and dumplings to be a main dish. My older daughter feels that dumplings are a tradition, and she particularly likes them. But that grandmother is too old to cook now, and I never cared for dumplings at all. So my mother has volunteered to help Princess make chicken and dumplings for Thanksgiving.

A couple of years ago, Princess asked why we don't serve sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving like everyone else. Goodness, child, how many starchy side dishes will the table hold? At the time, I was trying to get the kids to try new foods, and she liked sweet potatoes, so I made some for Thanksgiving. This year, she's getting her brown sugar fix with glazed carrots instead.

For a few years, I also offered macaroni and cheese for dinner, particularly for picky children who won't find much else to eat among the traditional dishes. That's gone by the wayside, too, and I'm glad. My younger daughter doesn't eat any starchy carbs, so she gets her dose of tradition from deviled eggs.

So that's four current starchy side dishes and two discontinued ones. We won't have any trouble putting on a layer of fat for winter! I'm just glad we never had much of a controversy over crescent rolls vs. brown-and-serve rolls vs. my sister-in-law's homemade challah. The challah wins out, because it's good and anyone who suggests we need more than one kind of bread for Thanksgiving will get what for from me.

Thanks to Brother Bill for the graphic, which is part of a set that is forcing me to actually write more personal content for my personal blog. There's more to come.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Gary Allen

A Date With Your Family

A short from the 1950s get the MST3K treatment. You can see full episodes of MST3K here. (via Uproxx)  


(Thanks, Bill!)

Cooky and Her Sheep

Cooky the cat has a sheep toy that "talks," so she talks back to it. After all, Cooky knows the squeaky wheel gets the attention! Then again, if you're s pretty and cuddly as Cooky, you're going to get all the attention you want, whether you ask for it or not. (via Daily of the Day)

Thom Turkey

(Thanks, Bill!)


Paying for People's Groceries

I always thought that it was unfortunate that Thanksgiving falls toward the end of the month, making it necessary to buy a turkey early in November, lest you run out of money later. Christmas is the same, with the added burden of buying gifts. A lot of people shopping in the latter half of the month have had to think long and hard about whether to buy food or pay some other bill. 

YouTube prankster Andrew Hales of LAHWF, sponsored by Gung Ho, arranged for a few shoppers to have their grocery trips paid for, suddenly, with no warning. The response was quite emotional. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Takeout Window

(via Fark)

Sofles - Limitless

Four graffiti artists, a warehouse interior, and an unlimited amount of paint. The warehouse in Brisbane was scheduled to be demolished, so street artists Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas, and Quench went nuts brightening it up. Filmmaker Selina Miles followed him every step, and created this killer time-lapse video of the project. (via reddit)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Of Course It Was

My Man Godfrey

William Powell and Carole Lombard star in this 1936 comedy. A spoiled socialite hires a homeless man to be a household servant and then falls in love with him.

Relative Size

Makes you feel small, doesn't it? (via reddit)

Cat Trapeze Act

Whatever in the world gave this cat the idea that you can just walk across a clothesline like that? (via Daily Picks and Flicks)


The Disney Princesses

From NeatoFacto.

World Record Tallest Domino Fall

An array of over 100,000 dominos was set up by the group Austrian Domino Art with help from HLUW Yspertal students (the fall took place at the school). Five months of preparation and four days of setup went into this stunt.

Last Thursday, for Guinness World Records Day, they were all pushed over. The world record was broken for the tallest domino structure, which was over 6 meters tall and consisted of 11,465 dominoes! The performance includes the "guy setting up dominos at the last second" trick, which always lends a little tension. That job takes nerves of steel. (via Viral Viral Videos)

The Dust Mop

(via The Chive)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Annoying Al

Breaking Bad Stars Read Series Finale Script

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul were recorded as they found out how Breaking Bad would end. It gets a little bit emotional as they realize it will all soon be over.

Yes, this contains spoilers, so if you want to be surprised when you get around to watching the last season of Breaking Bad, skip this video. It wouldn't mean as much to you anyway, as it would to someone who has seen how the series ended. This featurette is from the boxed Breaking Bad home video set. (via Digg)

Woodstock's Issues

(Thanks, Bill!)


Free Press

5 Tips for a Better Thanksgiving Through Chemistry

Do chemists make better cooks? Probably, but it also might take them all day to do it, because they're experimenting and explaining the process along the way. Anyway, the rest of us can be the better cooks for their efforts. The American Chemical Society brings us some timely tips for improving our Thanksgiving feast.

This video is an opportunity to share my mother's cranberry sauce recipe, in case I haven't already: feed fresh cranberries and quartered oranges (peel and all) through a food grinder, then add sugar to taste. That's all. No cooking, so the antioxidants are preserved pretty well. It's so flavorful that you can only take it in small quantities, which makes it a great palate cleanser. Now you're cooking with SCIENCE!

Miss Cellania's Links

The History Channel will be "live" Tweeting John F. Kennedy's visit to Dallas, 50 years after it happened. The timeline will be much less confusing and tear-stained this time around.

36 Stunning Color Photos Of The Kennedy White House. The picture of John-John at the controls of Marine One presage another family tragedy to come.

The Republic of Madawaska--A Short-Lived Nation on the US-Canadian Border.

Hawaii politician wields sledgehammer to address homeless problem.

Find the Invisible Cow. When you find it, click on it. Warning: sound. (via Metafilter)

The Topography of Tears: Do Tears of Joy and Sorrow Look Different Under the Microscope?

Obamacare Shows How Americans Are Becoming Jerks.

How to Animate Still Photos using the Parallax Effect.

Retailers are pushing Black Friday sales earlier and earlier -in some cases, even before Thanksgiving. It's a desperate move to get the spending money you don't have.

The posthumous Scottsboro pardons: Too little, too late. The best it can do is to remind us of the shameful past.


(via Fark)

Wheelchair Freestylin'

The latest extreme sports video from Devin Supertramp features Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, a "Professional Hardcore Sitter," as he calls it. Watch him tackle vertigo-inducing (for you) inclines and new stunts that involve falls -all part of the job when you do this in the elite level. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Thursday, November 21, 2013


This short film by Big Lazy Robot VFX pokes fun at our obsessions with mobile gadgets and apps -particularly the iPhone- by showing little robots using them.

Luxury cars with powerful engines to drive through roads under severe speed restrictions, cable TV that allows us to pay to watch all kind of sports, all from our comfortable sofa, and of course, hyper expensive cell phones that do almost everything but making a decent phone call.

Yes, our happiness is based on things we don’t need and governed by entities we don’t control, so what? Sit down and turn on the tv!

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Know Your Dinner

(Thanks, Bill!)