Monday, June 30, 2014

After Prom Party

ISS World Cup Wager

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station now consist of two Americans and one German, so they were particularly interested in the World Cup game between the US and Germany. Alas, Germany won the game, although because of a strange formula involving other games, the US did advance to the final 16. But a bet is a bet. And while I would have liked to have seen Alexander Gerst with a US flag painted on his head, watching Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman get their heads shaved, with the help of a vacuum hose, is a sight to see. (via Digg

Then and Now

Princess turned 17 a couple of months ago. That means my cat Gogo is now 15 years old. She's still a small carpet scrap, just not a young one. I noticed she's been very affectionate with me more than anyone else, and I suppose it's because I am the only constant in her life. Since I brought her home 15 years ago, the house is a different one, the pets are all different, and the people are all different, except for me. 

Well, Princess was there when Gogo was a kitten, but she's changed an awful lot in 15 years ...more than I have! So we decided to try a "then and now" pic, with 2-year-old Princess and kitten Gogo, and a recreation we did last night.

The Slot

A Long Way to Go for a Joke

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Gnarly in Pink

This is a short documentary about three 6-year-old girls. They like pink. In fact, they wear pink crash helmets and call themselves the “Pink Helmet Posse” as they shred through the skatepark. They fall, they cry, they get right back up and try it again. Bella, Sierra, and Relz want to someday be professional skateboarders. Read more about the Pink Helmet Posse at The New York Times, and check out their website, too. (via Tastefully Offensive)


From Feng at Fengtastic!

Ain't No Mountain High Enough Bass Line

About a year ago, we saw a graphic visualization of James Jamerson’s bass line in the song “For Once in My Life.” Now we have another visualization of the late bassist’s talents on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s 1967 version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” thanks to musician Jack Stratton.

James Jamerson was a member of the Funk Brothers, a group of jazz-oriented session players who played on most of the songs produced at Motown Studios. Jamerson laid down the bass lines for 30 #1 pop hits and more than 70 #1 R&B hit songs. (via Digg)

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Fun Times At The San Diego County Fair.

What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky?

For the first time, a troop of chimpanzees have been observed participating in a fad, a meme, or actually a fashion statement. The trend is to wear a blade of grass or two sticking out of one ear.  (via reddit)

Kathleen Hale wrote a great piece on finding her power after rape. (via Metafilter)

The Tragic, Heroic Women of World War I. They did their part, and ended up alone because too many men died in the Great War.

This Shredder Can Mulch Entire Trees in Seconds. A forest would only take a day or so to destroy.

Facebook is like a megaphone for stupidity. Here are 39 screenshots to prove it -some text is NSFW.

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Mel Brooks. His influence on comedy will be felt for generations.

21 Red, White & Blue Desserts To Eat With Pride. Plan now to impress everyone at the Fourth of July picnic.

The curious linguistic history of pineapples and butterflies. It’s about word origins, but the Americans still had to be different.

Grand Theft

(via The Chive)

How to Make Glass Disappear

Ross Exton of the Live Science team shows us a magic trick, with a science lesson on how it really works. You can put completely transparent glass in completely transparent water, or completely transparent air, of that matter, and still see it. But some materials, like completely transparent glycerol, can change that effect in a totally weird way. (via Laughing Squid)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Some Storm!

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Can Can

A performance by Ballet Zoom, the Spanish dance troupe of the 1970s. See another performance here. (via Everlasting Blort)

Mystery Meat

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Glove and Boots Take on Clickbait

Writing a good headline is hard. You want to describe what the post is about and make it interesting, or even funny, if possible. But it’s easy, even natural, to avoid headlines that don’t tell you anything at all. Too bad clickbait headlines work so well for the sites that use them. (via Neatorama)

How to Make the Muscles Strong

Doesn't work that way in real life. It's quite a hike to the nearest subway station. (via Mostly Forbidden Zone)

Where I Parked

Like A Girl

Telling someone they do something “like a girl” has always been meant as an insult, and we internalized that at a very young age. No kid wants to be compared to a girl -even the girls! When I was young, we didn’t like it, but we just took it as the way things are. If we said anything about it, we were laughed at and labeled a “women’s libber” when I was young, or a “feminazi” today. This lesson in inferiority still goes on. Running or throwing badly has less to do with sex than it has to do with experience, training, and most of all, encouragement. Why bother to practice throwing a ball if you’re cursed with inferior ability?

Here we see kids acting out the familiar trope, and then being made aware of how wrong it is. Just knowing that someone sees through the poor choice of words is encouraging to young people. Always (a division of Procter & Gamble) is sponsoring a campaign to change the language we use when raising both girls and boys. (via Viral Viral Videos)


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The Wolf Of Gilligan's Island

Thurston Howell III, tycoon, billionaire, stock market player, cocktail aficionado, yacht club member, and castaway. Who better to play The Wolf of Giligan’s Island? You know, if it were up to him, the place would be named Howell’s Island. This parody of The Wolf of Wall Street trailer is brought to you by vkmtvstudios. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Technology is Cool

Paying the Hit Man

A man hires a killer to get rid of a business associate in this sketch from Fancy Boy, a comedy TV show in Australia. As the plans are negotiated, each tries to outwit the other. Or, to be exact, they aren’t trying all that hard. Someone didn’t think the plan out well enough ahead of time. (via Tastefully Offensive)

The End of the...

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Whole Lotta Love on Mountain Dulcimer

Sam Edelston plays led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” on a three-string dulcimer. Yeah, it’s electrified -and electrifying! I have one of these instruments, made by my father, but my repertoire is limited to “Wildwood Flower” and a few Christmas carols. I think I may have to pull it out and practice a little. (via Boing Boing)


Your Results May Vary

The Ultimate Escalator Fails Compilation

I feel really sorry for people who fall on escalators, especially elderly people, but most of the clips in this compilation are young people trying to pull stunts that just plain backfire. You could say they got what was coming to them, although I hope there were no broken bones as a result. Maybe they’ve learned their lessons by now. (via Tastefully Offensive)

When Do You Open?

(via The Chive)

The Greatest Act Of Deception in WWII

Operation Mincemeat was a elaborately engineered plan to deceive the Axis about the Allied Mediterranean invasion. You won’t believe the lengths the British went to in order to make it work, despite the possibility that it might not work. Warning: contains one picture of a dead body. (via Buzzfeed)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Banker's Math

Sean and the Groomsmen Put on a Show

Sean Rajaee and his friends surprised his bride Ariana with a choreographed production number at the wedding reception last weekend. Some of the groomsmen flew across the country to attend the wedding, and had to learn their parts by video and a banzai rehearsal right before the wedding. The highlight is the Persian dance interlude with epic mustaches for all (and one awesome unibrow). (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Horse and Goats

You know horses love cats, but folks who live in rural areas know horses love goats even more. I know several people who got a goat to keep their horse company, even if there are other horses around, because a goat keeps them calm. Here, Mr. G is either babysitting, or kid-sitting, or just sitting, actually, and enjoying a nice goat massage. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Man Types

8 Sensational Female Murderers from History

When someone tells you that female murderers are rare, keep in mind that means “relatively” rare, as in less common than male murderers. It also means that women who are found to be killers can become quite famous for it, as the media sensationalizes their crimes. A hundred years later, these cases may be mostly forgotten, but the stories are still there for those who want to learn about them, in an article I wrote for mental_floss. Be warned that these tales are disturbing.

Thrill Ride

From Feng at Fengtastic!

Peeling Potatoes by the Bucket

Leo Morten Lund shows us the fast way to peel a lot of potatoes. A Google translation of the original Danish explains.
The Facebook user Leo Morten Lund from Roedekro is behind the trick, as he has great success. In a video showing Morten how simple potato cleaning can be done.

- Rather lazy than stupid, writes Leo The shit Lund about his trick on Facebook.
I’m not all that sure how accurate the entire translation is, but you get the idea. The concept is quite close to how industrial potato peelers work. (via Digg)

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Marie Manning: The Original Dear Abby.

Black Glamour Power: The Stars Who Blazed a Trail for Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong’o.

Remember, America: Inheritance leads to princes, serfs, and not much else.

The 7 Deadliest Fashion Trends Of All Time.

10 Beautiful, Completely Made-Up Words That Describe Obscure Sorrows.

Meet Obie, The Dachshund That Lost 54 Pounds! The formerly-obese pup is one third the dog he used to be.

The 10 Greatest Fictional School Principals. These long-suffering professionals are almost always buffoons in movies and TV.

6 Books That Tell The Villains' Sides Of The Story. Each have their own rationalizations and/or excuses.

10 Ways Television Has Changed the Way We Talk.

13 ways to make your ice cream even more delicious. Try theses recipes as an excuse to go get another gallon of vanilla.

Bright Idea!

(Thanks, Sammy!)

UFC Game Glitch Commentary

Tommy Toe Hold brings us a video in which guys doing impressions of Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan provide commentary on MMA video game glitches. Game glitches are always fun, how they break the laws of physics, but seeing two people fighting without even touching and limbs bending the wrong way is just glorious. (via The Chive)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

14 Highly Intellectual Jokes You Probably Won't Understand

Despite the title, I believe most of you would get the majority of these jokes, culled from reddit and illustrated by Max Knoblauch. See the rest of the 14 at Mashable. (via mental_floss)

Frolicking Robot

Redditor Galactus177 posted this picture and said, “For no reason whatsoever, my brother-in-law made this for his kid. An amazing picture was born today.” I’ll agree that it is an amazing picture, but what does he mean “For no reason whatsoever”? I can think of many reasons!

Because it’s awesome.
Because his kid loves it.
Because it’s fun.
Because he/she will consider his/her Dad to be the greatest ever.
Because it makes a great picture.
Because robots.


New Deck

Triumph Watches The World Cup

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog travels to different bars around New York City to join soccer fans to watch the World Cup. Colombia, Greece, Uruguay, everyone gets insulted -but the game itself gets insulted more than anything! (via Viral Viral Videos)

In part two of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s coverage of the World Cup in New York City, Italy is happy, England is not, Japan is subdued, the Ivory Coast is ecstatic, and everyone gets insulted. (via Warming Glow)

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Was John Wayne a Draft Dodger?

How to Define a Date. How dating got so complicated that women are often not sure if they just went on a date or not.

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son. Atlanta, and now the rest of us, are in an uproar.

31 Essential Science Fiction Terms And Where They Came From. (via the Presurfer)

Flying Foxes Are Real And They Are Terrifying. The grey-headed flying fox has a wingspan that can reach more than three feet!

Do we really get wiser with age? Why yes -just ask any old person.

Could Google become Skynet? Here are eight products that show the company is -or could become- that powerful.

Eight lessons on premature celebrations. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, and don’t wave before you cross the finish line.

Colonel of Truth: The KFC Hoax and the Idiocy of Crowdfunding for Bullying Victims. Can we learn to help those in need without getting scammed?

80 years of Hollywood technophobia. Technology is unfeeling, amoral, and often incomprehensible, which makes it the perfect villain.


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Grizzly Bear Chews on a GoPro Camera

Chris Weston conducts wildlife photo safaris. He was in the Katmai Peninsula of Alaska recording bears with Monique Brignoni for a documentary and set out a brand-new GoPro camera in the water to see what would happen. It didn’t take long for a 500-pound grizzly to get curious. He chomped down a bit before deciding a camera wasn’t good to eat. What was really surprising is that the camera was barely damaged, and yielded this frightening footage of what it’s like to be eaten by a bear! (via Caters News Agency)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What’s on Your Mind?

Have you ever looked at your friends’ Facebook posts and marveled at how their lives were so much more exciting, successful, and blissful than yours? That’s when you have to remind yourself that things on the internet aren’t always what they seem. You don’t know how many of those statuses are a case of looking on the bright side, or possibly downright fabrications. You may even feel tempted to fudge a bit on your own posts. Call it "virtual enhancement," if you will.

Shaun Higton’s short film What’s on Your Mind follows a guy who feels the need to present his life as somewhat more than it really is. That’s the way to become an internet star! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Dress for the Job

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The Pugs of Westeros

Roxy, Blue, and Bono are used to dressing up for photographs. Here they star in an ad for Blinkbox as the cast of Game of Thrones. They’d cause some real mayhem if 1. they could remember their lines and 2. the video were longer. As it is, they’re just cute -and that’s enough, really. You can see the still portraits of this series here, and a making-of video here. (via Gamma Squad)

Wanna Buy an Eye?

Paula Deen

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Pharrell Williams made his song "Happy" freely available to use and encouraged people all over the world to make their own videos for the song. Hundreds of groups have taken him up on the offer, but most are lip-dubs or dancing to the original recording. This one is a full cover version in Swahili, liberally sprinkled with French, from the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The performers, from KivuYouth Entertainment, are awesome. While you listen, keep i mind that “Nafurahi” translates to “Happy.” (via Metafilter)

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Viagra Induces Fractal Growth in Mushrooms in Switzerland.

26 Magical Facts You Probably Never Knew About Labyrinth.

Read about laser-scanning China’s huge caves at National Geographic. Then take a look through the caves yourself, with the 3D model created from the team’s laser scan.

20 Yard Sale Signs That Are Advertising Gold.

Amazing Vintage Photos of Everyday Life in New York City from the 1890s.

Who Died and Made You Khaleesi? Privilege, White Saviors, and the Elusive Male Feminist Who Doesn’t Suck.

Is It Time for a Classroom Cellphone Ban? A study says even smart students are often distracted by messages and social networking.

A four-year-old crime fighter tells how she busted her babysitter. The teenagers who robbed the house underestimated this little girl.

Stephen Colbert Asked If John Green Is A Cult Leader. The answer: only as much as Colbert himself is.

The 4 coolest science experiments happening on the International Space Station right now. One involves astronauts training their own robot replacement.


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An Honest Trailer for Forrest Gump

Screen Junkies has another Honest Trailer for us, this time going back to 1994 for Forrest Gump. Sure, there were a lot of goofy, unbelievable things about this movie, but that’s why we liked it. It was just over the top. But the Honest Trailer makes it even funnier for that. (via Neatorama)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Great Ads for Cat Adoption During Adopt-A-Cat Month

June is almost over, but there’s still a week left in Adopt-A-Cat Month from the American Humane Association. The spring crop of kittens are old enough to go to new families and there are plenty of mature cats who need a place to call home. To this end, many animal shelters are going the extra mile to grab your attention and many offer special discounts on pet adoptions. They also come up with clever and enticing ads to pique your interest, in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Used Once

TV's Greatest Catchphrases (Part 2)

A lot of folks enjoyed the video TV’s Greatest Catchphrases a couple of weeks ago. We were told it would be part one of two, which makes plenty of sense to me, as any such list will draw many demands for other favorite catchphrases to be included suggestions for a sequel. And now part two is here, from Tastefully Offensive! If your favorite TV catchphrase wasn’t in the first, it might be here. Or vice versa. Anyway, get ready for a whirlwind nostalgia tour! (Thanks, Robert!)

Rising Temmperatures

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McKenzie and Her Dad

Twelve-year-old McKenzie Carey (warning: autoplay music) suffers from mitochondrial disease. That doesn’t stop her from wanting to do the same things other girls do, like enter beauty pageants. Mike Corey, her truck driver father, lends a hand by dancing on stage with Kenzie to the Miley Cyrus song “The Climb.”
“Pageants give her the same opportunity as other children and show people that she can accomplish anything with a little bit of help,” says her mom, Tammy. “I just want the judges to look at her, not her wheelchair.”

Mitochrondrial disease is classified as terminal, and most children diagnosed do not survive past their teen years. “We were told it would be a miracle if McKenzie made it to age 5,” Tammy says.
McKenzie has won quite a few pageants, and cash prizes go towards her medical expenses. The biggest prize -for all of us- is seeing the smile on her face. (via Viral Viral Videos)



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It’s a Russian music video to a song by Ilya Lagutenko with animation by Mikhail Kalinin & Flakonkishochki. As far as I can tell. All I know is that once I started watching, I couldn’t stop until I made it through the train. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Love and Silverware: The Oneida Community.

If Game Of Thrones Characters Were On Reality Shows. 

22 Humans Who Went Beyond The Call Of Duty For Animals.

Juergen Horn and Mike Powell spent a few hours observing the athletes at the Kitanoumi Beya Stable as they go through their morning training routine.

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Tim Burton’s Batman. Casting Michael Keaton was a brilliant move that no one understood until they saw the finished movie.

A 16-year-old made a browser plugin that reveals where politicians get their cash. Nicholas Rubin isn’t old enough to vote, but he might make a difference in upcoming elections anyway.

“Kramer, meet Feldman”: 19 TV Bizarros. Shows are always up for a meeting between similar but weirder versions of their regular characters.

It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors. Credentialed or not, they are trying to build an audience, not a clientele.

Would you quit your job for $25,000? Such an offer would make you think hard about how long it would take you to find another.

The Gory New York City Riot that Shaped American Medicine.

Oblivious or Just Plain Mean?

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The Internet Arguer

Slackstory brings us a followup to Actually Guy. Maybe you’ll like this guy, too! He likes to argue. There’s nothing wrong with a friendly argument in which people refrain from personal attacks or hitting below the belt, but there is a certain type of internet commenter who doesn’t really care if he wins, loses, or changes any minds. He just wants to argue. Still, the producers of this video managed to avoid the most irritating tropes in an unfruitful argument: “Educate yourself!” and “Wake up, sheeple!” and the endless name-calling (on other sites). Neatoramanauts don’t comment as much as we’d like, but when they do, they’re at least original, often quite funny, and downright good folks about it. (Thanks, Nick )

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hula Hoop

Star Wars Gets The Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer Treatment

What makes the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer so appealing? Is it the quick out-of-sequence cuts that give no context, but make you want to see more? Is it the comedy plopped into the middle of the action? Is it the goofy selection of music? Maybe it’s all the above, instead of the movie itself, because YouTube member The Unusual Suspect recut scenes from Star Wars using the Guardians trailer style. The result makes me want to go back to 1977 all over again! (via Uproxx)

Swimming Pool

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Bell Telephone’s Picture Phone

I well remember the marketing for Bell’s Picture Phone. It was a remarkable piece of technology, to talk to someone and see them as if they were in the room! Except that they were in black and white, and on a five-inch screen. But to actually have such a conversation, both parties had to pay for the service, which was so expensive that one of you could just get on a plane every once in a while and visit. We were told that someday this would be universal, but who wants to answer the phone and have just any old person see what you look like first thing in the morning? We made jokes about having to comb our hair before we answered the phone …there was no caller ID widely available, so you did not know who was calling. The Picture Phone was not a success, to the surprise of no one at all. Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, tells us the story of the Picture Phone. (via mental_floss)


Breaking Bad Gets the Mr Men Treatment

Eager Beaver Films combines the story of Breaking Bad (just the beginning, so really there’s no spoilers) with the world of Mr. Men, a series of British children’s books and a TV series. The result is downright silly, considering Breaking Bad was never for children. Contains some mild NSFW language. (via Warming Glow)

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20 Great Adventure Time Crafts.

Fifty years may seem like a long time ago to an individual, but in the history of a nation, the murders of Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney in Neshoba County, Mississippi, are still shockingly recent. (via Metafilter)

Spiders Can Catch and Devour Fish.

Bonnaroo Proposal.

Meet Peanut, the Ugliest Dog in the World. He won the title honestly, but his story will touch your heart.

30 Facts About The Karate Kid.

How Russia's Shared Kitchens Helped Shape Soviet Politics. (via Boing Boing)

4 Bad Side Effects of Reading Fiction According to the 19th Century. Horrors! They might enrich your imagination!

The Essential Wedding Registry Checklist For Your Kitchen. Somebody throw me a wedding shower, because I’ve cooked forty years without all the basics!

Online daters: Think twice before bragging about your six-figure salary. Would you prefer responses from gold diggers, or no one at all?


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Future Batmen

Casting decisions for Batman sometimes surprise people. But that’s always been so. Those who scratched their heads over the casting of Ben Affleck for the next film are those too young to recall the uproar over comedic actor Michael Keaton as Batman before the 1989 Tim Burton film was produced. And now Keaton will always be “the” Batman to me. Who knows if future casting decisions will work out as well.

Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) drew a few names out of a hat and imagines them as future Batmen in movies spanning the next thirteen years. Which would you like to see in the role of Batman? (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weapons System

Reeling in the Years

Donny and Marie Osmond perform the Steely Dan song “Reeling in the Years” on their variety show in 1978, complete with an ice-skating chorus line. As we had few TV channels to select from in the 1970s, this is one of the reasons I watched so little TV. Also, I didn’t have a TV in college. (via Laughing Squid)

Bird Repeller

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