Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Say Ahhh!

The Ballad of Holland Island House

Holland Island sits in Chesapeake Bay, near Wenona, Maryland. The five-mile-long island was settled in the 1600s, and at one time had a population of 360 people and 70 buildings. Erosion ate away at the island, which sat on silt and clay, and the residents moved away between 1914 and 1918. The island’s church was moved in 1922, and only one house remained standing. It was built in 1888. For decades, the water ate away at the island, and the last remaining house finally collapsed in October of 2010. What’s left of the island is now a marsh, home to hundreds of sea birds. See pictures of the island and the house -and the cemetery- at the Baltimore Sun.

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a song and video by Lynn Tomlinson, with music written by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. The animation was done by manipulating a thin layer of oil-based clay. It tells the story of the house, from its beginnings as a home for woodland creatures as a tree, then generations of people, then birds, and finally fish. (via io9)

You Still Have a Chance

How Old Is She?

Wong Fu Productions shows us how difficult it can be to scope someone out, as a guy tries to figure out how old a woman is. Why didn’t he just ask her if she’s in school? That wouldn’t have hurt any feelings. As it is, we get way too much information about her. But there’s a twist: as he is scoping her out, she’s also trying to figure him out! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

X-men's Room

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Baby Clapping Before Birth

What is the sound of an unborn baby clapping? There isn’t any, unless mom and the doctor sing along. Jen Cardinal underwent an ultrasound at 14 weeks in which they could clearly see the baby clapping his/her hands. The singing went on during a replay, and they toggled the ultrasound to make the song work while Dad took a cellphone video. So it’s a remix, but certainly a neat one. Jen says there were three claps in all during the procedure. (via Viral Viral Videos

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Wrong About Wright. The Wright Brothers did not achieve the instant acclaim for the successful airplane that you might have thought.

Don Draper is no antihero. After seven years, Mad Men’s main character seems less epic and more mundane than ever.

The Oncoming Medical Disaster. The cost of living longer is dealing with more Alzheimer’s cases than we can handle.

8 things you should know if you want to be famous on Instagram. It sounds more exhausting than fulfilling, but whatever floats your boat.

37 Absurd Kitchen Gadgets You Definitely Need In Your Life. They only do one very specific thing, but they might do it well.

An abandoned Viking village in Iceland is not exactly historic, but a film set. The movie was never made, but you can tour the village for a small fee.

5 Theories About Why We Dye Eggs for Easter. Personally, I think we should dye curtains and cats and cakes as well.

James Krupa teaches evolution for non-biology majors at the University of Kentucky. This is more difficult than you might expect. (via Boing Boing)
Fixed Menu. Prison food in the 21st century. (via Metafilter

21 Dogs Who Made Poor Life Choices. (via mental_floss)

Spaghetti Scam

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Confessions of an Idiom

What happens when the elephant in the room confronts the skeleton in the closet? That’s far from the only turns of speech that go head-to-head in this sequence. Someone who is just learning English would be completely baffled! This award-winning video was made by Amanda Koh and Mollie Helms at Ringling College of Art + Design. (via Metafilter

Monday, March 30, 2015

Garden Salad

Good to Know

Rube Goldberg”s Passover Seder

How would Rube Goldberg serve the Passover feast? In the most complicated way possible, of course! This seasonal device incorporates dominoes, fire, liquid, Tinker toys, origami, food, and plenty of imagery of Biblical proportions. Together, it tells the Passover story in moving parts. Students from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Town Planning at Technion in Israel made this contraption, using everything they had and more. There’s a behind-the-scenes video about how they did it, too. (via Digg)

Duct Tape

Horse and Dog

John Oliver on April Fool’s Day

Nothing all that in-depth this week, because the HBO Last Week Tonight wasn’t even aired. In a nutshell, Oliver doesn’t much like April Fool’s Day. (via Uproxx)

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Better Off Dead: 7 People Whose Death Notices Improved Their Lives.

Redditor mopecore eloquently tells us what it was like to fight in Iraq. (via b3ta)

The World's Fair That Raised San Francisco From the Ashes

In a country where all the animals are trying to kill you, the Gympie Gympie is a plant that just wants to make you wish you were dead. (via Metafilter)

Ten Weird And Wonderful Toys From Japan

These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Help Nature Thrive In Philadelphia. The job is like hacking a game of Frogger.

31 Of The Weirdest Foods In America. You might laugh at these one at a time, but together they make it look insane.

How Matchmakers Work. You might be surprised at how many professionals there are in America.

10 of the Weirdest Dance Fads. Basically, the dance can be anything as long as the song is catchy.

10 Extreme Easter Eggs. Some you even have time to try yourself.

Shakepearian Bird

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Dancing at Rupp Arena

Peyton delights the crowd with his dancing at Kentucky’s Sweet Sixteen state high school basketball tournament in Lexington. Go Peyton!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Correction and Apology

Conversation with a Kitten

Why would you want to spend two minutes watching a guy saying meow and petting a kitten? Because Molly the Bengal kitten is so appealing, and quite talkative. This video is a lovely interlude in whatever you’re doing today. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)


The secret to immortality could be anything. Every time I show my kids something I recall from my childhood, I also wonder if my parents experienced memories of their own childhoods when they shared those little things with me. As Terry Pratchett once wrote, “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…” This comic is from Lunarbaboon, of course.

Alexandria Public Access TV

This won’t make a bit of sense unless you are current on the TV series The Walking Dead. If you are, it’s pretty funny. I also have a feeling this will be completely obsolete after tonight’s episode. (Thanks, Chaco Daniel!)

The Walking Dead as Zombieland

If The WalkingDead were a comedy, it would be the 2009 film Zombieland. This mashup trailer tries to make that a reality, although they had to look really hard to find a few smiles and quasi-lighthearted moments from five years of The Walking Dead clips. Contains lots of gore. (via Uproxx)

The season five finale of The Walking Dead is tonight. The death watch poll is still open for your votes and opinions.

Defense Lawyer

Teen Drivers in Their Natural Habitat

You say you never text while driving. You should still worry, because these teenagers are out there on the same roads you drive. While it happens to all age groups, teenagers are most likely to believe they are more competent than they really are. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a report on teen drivers who crash due to distracted driving. This video is a sampling of some of those crashes, which are mostly due to cell phone use, and the horrible habit of texting while driving. The very first thing any new driver should learn is the importance of constant observation. Traffic is like a complicated mass dance, with most of the dancers at less-than-professional level. So you have to not only see where you are going, but where everyone else on the road is, front, back, and sides, plus where they are going and how fast. The ability to map that dance takes constant observation and a lot of practice.

The video analysis detailed in the report found that distracted driving contributes to four times as many accidents as indicated through police reports. And you can see that many of these accidents will never involve a police report, as there is often no other car involved. Of course, what intrigued me was how they got so much video of crashes that weren’t staged. The explanation is in the report:
Lytx, a company that has been collecting data using in-vehicle event recorders (IVERs) for over a decade, provided the crash data. Their DriveCam system collects video, audio and accelerometer data when a driver triggers the device by hard braking, fast cornering, or an impact that exceeds a certain g-force. Each video is 12-seconds long, and provides information on the 8 seconds before and 4 seconds after the trigger. The system has a wide range of applications—families use them to help young drivers as they begin to drive independently, while over 500 commercial and government fleets employ them for fleet management.

Crashes examined in this study involved drivers aged 16-19 who were participating in a teen driving program that involved the use of a DriveCam system. Ltyx made 6,842 videos of crashes that occurred between August 2007 and July 2013 available for review. In order to reduce this number and to eliminate minor curb strikes from the analysis, those crashes in which the vehicle sustained forces less than 1g were excluded. Crashes in which the DriveCam equipped vehicle was struck from behind were excluded. Additional videos were excluded for other reasons (e.g., animal strikes, video problems, or the driver not being a teen). A total of 1,691 moderate-to-severe crashes met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed for the current study.
Such a system seems like it might be a good idea for probationary drivers, maybe for a year or until they prove their competence. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Bilyl Bass

(via The Chive)

The Worlds First Drone Sheepdog

Paul Brennan is a sheep farmer in Carlow, Ireland. He has embraced modern techniques for managing an old profession. Instead of a sheepdog, Brennan uses a quadcopter named Shep (of course) to herd his sheep! You can see it works rather well. Bonus: music. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Passover Funk

We’ve already heard Six13’s Passover parody of “Uptown Funk,” but Aish has one, too. With breakdancing! Passover begins this coming Friday. (via Metafilter)

Neighborly Gesture

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Sorry Babe, You're a Feminist

Comedian Katie Goodman http://www.katiegoodman.com/ sings about celebrities who say they aren’t feminists. They don’t know what the word really means. Contains one NSFW word. (via Buzzfeed)

Invisible Screen Door

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Arguing with a Husky

He says, “So my husky stole my dad's potato skin off his plate. This was the ensuing argument.” Both Dads and Huskys are extremely verbal, so many words flew back and forth. Redditor kurtu5 offered a handy translation:
Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - Our species decided to work together 10,000 years ago to help each other to survive! We used to share the hunt!

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - All you give me is boring dry food! Taste is enhanced by smell and my nose is 1,000 times more sensitive than yours! My food is so damn boring!

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - What do you expect? This is torture! I can't stand my dry food anymore. I love you so much and I want to eat with you!
However, the dog was eventually resigned to the fact that he will never outtalk Dad. But hey, he got a potato skin!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Not Sure

100 Years of Fitness in 100 Seconds

The way women have tried to stay fit sure has changed in the last 100 years. One thing you must remember is that the first couple of decades in this video were the days that women spent a huge amount of time carrying buckets of water from the well to the house, washing diapers by hand, and hauling firewood or coal for the heating stove. They deserved a good stretch!  Later, when modern appliances and office jobs replaced household drudgery, we had to get more serious about fitness. The video was made by Benenden health to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. (via Buzzfeed)

Math Tests

(via reddit)

There Goes the Bus

When they said, “The bus is lost,” that didn’t mean the driver took a wrong turn. Heavy rains have left Brazil with massive drainage problems and flooding. On a stretch of the Trans-Amazon highway between Rurópolis and Itaituba, rushing water undercut the road’s foundation. On Tuesday, a bus was recorded as it was swallowed by the collapsing road, and is then washed away in the floodwaters. Fortunately, all the passengers got off the bus in time, and no one was injured. The story is in Portuguese with an English translation by Google. (Thanks, Ken Berken!)

An Embarrassing Moment at a Press Conference

Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers is a 6’7” elite basketball player, but you have to remember that he’s also a 20-year-old college student. During a press conference last week, he had a little fun with the stenographers that record everything for press releases, throwing out this quote:
“Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words: cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism. (Laughs).”
During another press conference a couple of days later, Hayes was given an opportunity to repeat that stunt for the stenographers. He chose the word “syzygy,” but was also impressed with Debra Bollman’s appearance. And just like a 20-year-old college student, he remarked about it to his teammate while forgetting the microphone was hot. And then became quite embarrassed. His adorable reaction makes the whole sequence golden. Another thing you might learn in college besides big words: Pride goeth before a fall. (via reddit)

Do Not Eat Coffee

(via Pulptastic)

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14 Bad, Unnecessary, or Curious Movie Sequels. Eddie Deezen has heard of them, even if you haven’t.

The Scene of the Crime: A reporter’s journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past.

Graphic designer Ben Harmon created a new font that integrates the worst features of the worst fonts: Comic Sans and Papyrus. Behold, Comic Papyrus!

10 Silly Inventions That Became Wildly Famous. If it’s good for a laugh, it’s worth $19.99.

29 Reasons Why Queensland Cops Are The Funniest Cops. They have the best Facebook account of any government agency anywhere.

11 Facts That Prove Seahorses Are Among The Most Fascinating Fish In The Sea. They have all kinds of strange talents, but still can’t swim worth a darn.

The Lasting Power Of End-Of-The-World Stories. It’s a chance to shed the mundane and focus on the important.

10 Groundbreaking Documentary Exposés of Closed, Secret Worlds. The new film on Scientology is another in a line of opportunities to peek inside places you don’t know.

A woman is suing a psychiatric ward after claiming she was diagnosed as being delusional because she told doctors Obama follows her on Twitter.  Twist: he does.

6 Easter Traditions You Might Not Know. But you can try them out if you want to.

That's Rude!

(via Fark)

Brain Surgery

This skit from the BBC series That Mitchell & Webb Look came up in a discussion about potential presidential candidate Ban Carson.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Peeps in Space!

Every year when marshmallow Peeps go on sale in the Easter candy aisle, people let their imaginations run wild with them. Chicks and bunnies end up re-enacting famous scenes from TV, movies, art, literature, and history in dioramas. They go to public competitions and win prizes, and make us all smile. Some of them even go into space! Here’s a roundup of some of the ways Peeps participate in space exploration that I posted at mental_floss.

Just What They Need

Please Label Each Plug

(via reddit)

Time Travel to Ancient Rome

A stop-motion tourist in Rome gets to travel 2,000 years back in time to see how the ancient Romans built Trajan’s Column. The Column is a tower constructed of 29 huge slabs of marble, with spiral stairs carved out of the inside of each slab. The engineering genius required to assemble such a tower was unprecedented.

This video was created by Hans Weise and Fernando Gomez-Baptista to accompany the National Geographic feature story on the mysterious Trajan’s Column in the April issue. If you’re more interested in the animation, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made. (Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!)

Spare Time

Uptown Passover

The a cappella group Six13 is out with their pop culture parody song for Passover, as they take the holiday uptown! Passover begins Friday, April 3rd, but the song is here today to coincide with the release of their new album Six13, Vol. 6: Thirteen. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. Don’t be slavin’, just nosh! (via Time)

See also: last year's passover song from Six13, "Chozen." 

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10 Far Out Kid's TV Shows From The 1970s. It was the decade of psychedelia and Sid & Marty Krofft.

A 250-year-old “treaty oak” in Jacksonville, Florida, was saved from destruction in the 1930s because of its history. Never mind that that history was just made up.

A 1917 newspaper headline called her “The Richest Negro Girl in the World.” Sarah Rector’s land allotment was small and rocky, no good for agriculture, so her father leased it to an oil company.

Sailed: A Dating App For Thirty-Somethings. Because if you haven’t found the perfect match by age 30, you’re a weirdo loser who will never find anyone to love you.

What you need to know about Angelina Jolie’s latest surgery. Preventing cancer can be a complex and deeply personal decision, no matter who you are.

What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like. You might not recognize it as English at all.

Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan's Floating World.

The real lesson of the Rolling Stone rape article fiasco.

The Berkeley Spampocalypse.

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant.

Occupied Cats

(via Fark)

8-Bit Cinema: The Walking Dead Seasons 3 & 4

8-Bit Cinema gave us their version of The Walking Dead seasons one and two already, and now we have seasons three and four in the second half of the project. (Thanks, Daniel Portolan!)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Updated Listing

Hedgehog in the Fog

Yozhik v tumane, or Hedgehog in the Fog is an award-winning Soviet cartoon from 1975. (via Metafilter)

Adtronomical Tuition

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Walt Disney Pictures Intro Logos

Since 1985, the Walt Disney Pictures logo that begins their movies always features a castle with a shooting star arching over it. It was the same logo for ten years, and then for Toy Story in 1995, they altered it a bit for that particular movie. In the 20 years since then, the logo has been customized for most of the movies (the Toy Story version became their default for Pixar films), while keeping the two basic elements. This video shows us the logos in front of 39 Disney films, and how they mesh with their subject matter. I also found out that there are a ton of Disney films I haven’t seen. (via Geeks Are Sexy

If The Internet Was a High School

If the internet were a high school, the people in them would be websites. And they’d all have their quirks. Google is the teacher, and the students include the ADHD twins (Vine and Twitter), the jock (Facebook) who’s dating the cheerleader (Buzzfeed), the troublemaker (reddit), and quite a few nerds. Cracked, which produced this video, apparently skipped class that day. Miss Cellania was, no doubt, the mousy girl no one paid attention to. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Tech Bathroom

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Ig® Nobel Limericks: Limburger, Time Flees, and Alien Kidnap Reporters.

Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech? More specifically, is a state obliged to issue a specialty plate it doesn’t want to?

Spa Lady Cheese Ball. (via Boing Boing)

Exonerated And Out Of Prison—And That’s When The Trouble Starts.

21 Creepy Easter Bunny Photos That Will Haunt Your Dreams. Who was it that decided a fictional rabbit should be six feet tall and scary?

Can You Get Through This Post Without Calling Your Parents?

These Moving Photos Capture The Beauty Of Special Needs Cats. Photographer Josh Norem makes them look their best so they may be adopted into forever homes.

Why Tim Burton's Batman 3 Never Happened. Hint: it has to do with Happy Meals.

Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics. I immediately thought of three examples, and they’re all there.

Why it's naive to expect corporations to be nice to their workers. There’s no profit in that!


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Cats Stealing Pizza

Being a citizen of the internet makes it very likely that you enjoy cats and occasionally enjoy a pizza. The problem is that cats enjoy pizza, too, and cats have no concept of resisting temptation, neither do they have respect for stupid human “rules.” My husband watched this and said, “Why don’t they push the cat away from the pizza?” Duh, these people are too busy recording a video for that! (via Tastefully Offensive)

9 Strange and Different Easter Treats

Eggs go on sale the week before Easter, so you may as well stock up and do something with those little protein-packed symbols of spring. Not all of the recipes in a list I posted at mental_floss contain eggs, but they are all creative new ideas for spicing up your Easter feast, party, or holiday snacking. And save some for me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It Worked!

An Honest Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Screen Junkies gave us Honest Trailers for The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and now finally, the Hobbit Trilogy finishes up with the Honest Trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies. Whew -it’s about time! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Car Crushed by Falling Safe

Looks like Wile E. Coyote has been up to his old tricks again! Who else would drop a vintage safe from some height right onto a parked car? You’d be forgiven if you thought this must be an art installation, and you’d be right, too. It’s a promotional gimmick on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, for Grandmother’s Giant Journey, a performance that is part of the Giant Saga by the French art company Royal de Luxe (previously at Neatorama). Grandmother will arrive in Limerick September 5th to stay through the 7th. Well, according to the legend, she will actually fall from the sky, but I wouldn't worry about any cars being crushed -at least none accidentally.  (via reddit)

Red Panda and Apple

This is probably some kind of enrichment activity for red pandas in the Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, Japan, but it ends up as pure entertaining cuteness. They slap slices of apple onto the glass windows of Eita’s enclosure and he has to get them himself. The apples taste so good after all that effort! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Dark Lord Funk

Voldemort, the bad guy from the Harry Potter series, is out with his version of “Uptown Funk.” Elijah Thomas is Voldemort, and the cast includes musicians, dancers, and a group of cosplayers from Brigham Young University. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. (via The Daily Dot)

Heimlich Maneuver

(via Pulptastic)

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The Woman Emperor. The ruthless Wu Zetian didn’t let little things like gender or inheritance stand in her way.

The 10 most beautiful cars money can buy. The list is a little heavy on Batman-style sports cars, but that’s okay.

The Ghoulish Dance of Papua New Guinea’s Skeleton People. The Chimbu tribe’s fearsome body paint is meant to intimidate enemies and impress strangers.

We got it all on UHF: An oral history of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s cult classic. If you’ve never seen the movie, this may inspire you to give it a try.

10 Films Featuring Fantastic Female-Led Casts. They all have a realism underneath that men’s fantasies can’t touch.

It’s a story told in notes taped to the office refrigerator. The turkey and swiss sandwich is missing, and the thief is holding it hostage. (via mental_floss)

Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College.  (via Digg)

A classic: Alien vs. Pooh. (via b3ta) http://www.b3ta.com/

What 37 Famous Stories Would Be Titled by Modern Websites. (via Neatorama)

Can You Identify 15 Species of Big Cats and Wild Cats? (via the Presurfer)

Nip: Not Even Once

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Awful Robots

Some of them are sinful or evil, but most of these robots are just plain incompetent. You seen them before, but all together they will make you laugh again! (via b3ta)

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Communications Business

Before They Were Famous: The Walking Dead

Where did all the principles in The Walking Dead come from? Either Britain or The Wire. Or someplace else. Screen Junkies gives us a peek at their earlier roles. (via Uproxx)

Using the Bible

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Color for the Colorblind

EnChroma, Inc. worked for ten years to develop lenses that enable colorblind people to distinguish more colors than they ever have before. Those glasses went on the market a couple of years ago, and are available to the public for $350-$400. Of course, affected people have varying levels of colorblindness and the enhancement from the glasses varies among them.

As part of their Color for All campaign, Valspar Paint invited a few colorblind people to try the glasses out and got their reactions to seeing vivid colors for the first time. It was quite emotional for them, and yes, they got to keep the glasses. Valspar also offered them to some commenters at YouTube who shared their stories. (via Viral Viral Videos)

The Business of Municiple Violations

Jon Oliver tells it like it is, from last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight. Contains NSFW language. (via Uproxx)


Soccer Practice

Manly men do manly things. The song is "Soccer Practice" by Jonny McGovern, the video is from Stargate: Atlantis. A perfect combination. (via Metafilter)

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Underground Emergency. What do you do when the cave you’re exploring begins to flood?

Jeff Minetti of Philadelphia is getting married, but first, there’s the bachelor party. Joey DiJulio of Seattle was invited, although he has never met Jeff or any of his friends -he just got put into the email loop by mistake.  (via The Chive) http://thechive.com/

A deaf man who doesn’t know English was jailed for six weeks without an interpreter for stealing an iPad that was found fairly quickly. Sorry, it’s too late to take back your plea bargain. (via Fark)

15 Jokes That Only Geologists Will Fully Understand. As the daughter of a geologist, I can assure you they’re not that difficult.

What’s the difference between Ferguson and Bengazi? The way Fox News covered it.

23 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Mad Men, According To The Cast And Creator. With only seven episodes left, it’s time learn all we can about the series.

Neil Gaiman’s 11 geekiest cameo appearances. He’s always ready to play himself, so people who don’t even read his books known him.

Want to Get to Know Someone? Make 'em Laugh. Laughter makes people more open to sharing details about themselves.

10 Diseases That Used to Be Death Sentences. Some are now rare, and others can be survived thanks to modern medical intervention.

10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets. Just like real life small towns, where the living is cheap and the neighbors are weird.


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Men's Standards Of Beauty Around The World

Buzzfeed gives us some facts about the standards of male beauty around the world, and dressed them up with male models. The men are all gorgeous, but the text is a bit depressing, as standards of attractiveness tend to become homogenized in favor of Caucasian looks. There are good looking guys everywhere! (via Viral Viral Videos)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kneee Surgery on Ankle

Sam and Friends

Sam and Friends was Jim Henson’s first TV show, debuting in 1955. This episode is from 1961, and stars Kermit, who was not yet a frog, but already had his distinctive look and, of course, voice. He talks to Chet Huntley and David Brinkley in puppet form. (via mental_floss)

Honest Panhandler

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Kitten Discovers the Ceiling Fan

Wampa the kitten sees a ceiling fan in action for the first time. He’s fascinated! Should he attack it? Or should he just keep an eye on it? (via Tastefully Offensive)

Best Budget Hotel

(via The Chive)

The Office Pet

I have never, ever worked anywhere where the boss decided it was a good idea to have an office pet. Some offices have aquariums, but that’s always just a decoration for clients or customers. However, over the past few years (while I’ve been working from home), many office managers are exploring ways to make the workday more pleasant for their staff. Whether this is to increase production or to make employees deal better with the fact that they haven’t had a raise in years is anyone’s guess. If you decide to try this, your best bets are aquarium fish or a cat. Don’t opt for an alligator snapping turtle. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Ponies Chase Away Wild Boar

Marc Polet and his wife were out on their farm in Belgium when a wild boar approached at breakneck speed and attacked! But then their miniature ponies spring into action and chase the boar off. That’s a good pony. Those who speak French say the commentary is quite amusing, but outside of a couple of familiar epithets, I can’t understand a word. Therefore, this may contain NSFW language in French. (via Viral Viral Videos)