Thursday, April 30, 2015

Women in Medicine: Dr. Emily Dunning Barringer

We’ve met some pretty impressive doctors so far in the Women in Medicine series. Emily Dunning Barringer was another early doctor who kicked it up a notch. She was the first woman to be appointed Ambulance Surgeon in 1904. Read about her in an article I wrote for mental_floss.  

Unreal Estate

Unread Book: An Uptown Funk Parody:

The Orange Public Library and Chapman University teamed up with Pogona Creative to make a music video for Nationa lLibrary Week. This is pretty clever! Don’t believe me? Just read! The lyrics are at the YouTube page. (via Neatorama)

What a Sale!

Yo Kitty, Drop That Beat!

Here we have a compilation of kitty videos in which groups of kittens keep the beat going with head bobs and synchronized sways. If you’ve never seen your cat do this, you aren’t playing with him enough! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Not a Bad Job

The Evacuation of Saigon

CNN commemorates the Fall of Saigon 40 years ago today by talking with Former Air America pilot Tony Coalson and Retired Marine Col. Gerry Berry, who flew helicopters during the evacuation. Read more about the evacuation here.

Girl, You Don't Need Makeup

Boy bands sing about love and perfection because that’s what girls like to hear. Amy Schumer parodies that trope when the boys sing “Girl, You Don't Need Makeup,” which is all sweet  and lovely until she takes her makeup off. Then they rethink their lyrics in a hurry! It’s funny, while at the same time it comments on one more way young women develop anxiety about their appearance. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Miss Cellania's Links

A Few Facts You May Not Know About the Emmy Awards. Eddie Deezen serves up TV trivia.

13 Trees That Seriously Need To Get Their Act Together. They just want to keep growing and take over the world.

The Forgotten Supervillain of Antebellum Tennessee. Isaac Franklin became fabulously wealthy on the backs of the people he sold.

The confused millennial's guide to Seinfeld.  Hulu just paid a million collars per episode for it, so it might be worth checking out.

See the ORBIS FLY kinetic light system at the Leningrad Center. It’s 1,089 colored light orbs dancing and changing shapes like you won’t believe.

The death that changed Nascar. Adam Petty was a fourth-generation race car driver …until his accelerator stuck.

The Mystery of Ann Bassett and Etta Place. Were they the same person, or just mysteriously resembled one another?

It seems the hotel min-bar is fading away. At first, it was a great idea for business travelers with expense accounts, but even they are more cautious about spending three times the retail price for a drink in today’s economy. (via Digg

And They're Off!

(via Fark)

Racism Is Real

Brave New Films presents some statistics that show how racist modern America is. No one is asking you to feel guilty about being white …if you’re white. But it’s time for a little understanding about the effects of discrimination. Dealing with it every day of your life is exhausting. (via Buzzfeed)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's Fresh!

Kitten Kondos

A litter of five kittens discovered an empty hanging shoe organizer. Can it get any cuter? Those kittens will have to grow up before this woman can actually store shoes there! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Stein - Einstein

Pouring Molten Aluminum into a Watermelon

Um, why would you pour molten aluminum into a watermelon? Because you can? Will it explode? The Backyard Scientist shows us what happens, and it’s neater than you might expect. (via Viral Viral Videos)


Miss Cellania's Links

Improbable Sex. Research into how good it is, how much energy it takes, and how much we spend going to the ER for a boner.

Yes, Black America Fears The Police. Here's Why. (via a comment at Metafilter)

12 Unusual City Slogans on Welcome Signs. (via mental_floss)

Let’s Play: The Shining is an Atari-style video game by Pippin Barr. Drive up to the Overlook Hotel, take a walk through the maze, bounce things off the wall because you’re bored, deal with writer’s block, ride your Big Wheel down the corridors, and defend yourself against an axe murderer. (via Daily of the Day)

A Movie Fan's Guide to the Marvel Universe. This will help you get started with the comics, for even more adventure!

21 Graduation Cakes That Do Not Get A Passing Grade. Proof that words “graduate” and “congratulations” are the hardest words in the baker’s dictionary.

The Free Love and Radical Genius of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. A new dual biography introduces us deeply and properly to the fascinating mother and daughter.

What beloved early YouTube stars look like today. Catch up with Gary Brolsma, Tay Zonday, Chris Crocker, and more.

What would our world be like without libraries? Maybe we should take stock of what we’ve got before it’s gone.

This is the new American starter home. Living in a shipping container for $600 a month may be a bargain if you’re determined to live in an expensive city.

Your Labs Came Back

(via Fark)

How Two Moms Had A Baby

Seven-year-old Sophia explains how two Moms can have a baby, like hers did. Mom did not know what she was going to say, but was glad she explained the nuts and bolts to her when the opportunity arose. Sophia did a good job! (via Buzzfeed)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

8 Fictional Places (That Sound Real)

Science fiction and fantasy stories can inhabit worlds that we are familiar with, even though they have no basis in reality: Narnia, Middle-Earth, Westeros, Tatooine, etc. Then there are fictional nations inserted into movies, TV, comics, and other pop culture media that are vaguely reminiscent of real places, but the name is made up to avoid offense. You might remember a few of these eight such places I wrote about at mental_floss.

Seasoned Criminals

Disney Descendants

The Disney Channel has taken niche marketing and TV tropes to the next level in a new movie called Descendants. The tropes: make everyone a teenager, recycle classic characters from Disney princess films, make them “next generation,” slot them into stereotypical cliques, and give them a high school soap opera plot. Oh, and of course, the trope of redoing fairy tales in live action format. In Descendants, the children of Disney princesses and villains are all the same age and go to school together. When the “good kids” meet the “bad kids,” it upsets the natural order of things.

I have a feeling that viewers will be rooting for the more interesting bad kids. Disney apparently thinks so, too, as they have a video profile of each “villain kid” on the movie's YouTube channel. From comments I’ve seen, there’s bold dividing line by age between those who are excited to see this movie and those who expect a train wreck. Oh, and there are comparisons with Ever After High, which is a toy franchise based on the same idea, that spawned a webseries. Buzzfeed has pictures and a profile of each character.

What 99 Cents Gets You

Pecan Rings the Bell

Pecan, the well-dressed cat, rings a bell and receives treats for his efforts. You can see who’s training who here.

watergirlmv: I’ve trained my cat to ring a bell!

Pecan: I’ve got it made. All I have to do is ring this bell, and watergirlmv gives me a bite to eat!  Even when she says we’re done, I can keep ringing it to get more. I sure trained her well!

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Reptile Care

No, Thank You

Miss Cellania's Links

That Movie Really Did Stink! The short-lived history of Smell-O-Vision.

The 20 Most Hilariously Cheap-Looking Monsters From Vintage B-Movies. They were once terrifying; now they are comedies.

Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2 with Sean Combs and Byung-Hun Lee. If you’re going to make a useless sequel, you might as well mash two of them together.

Going Nielsen: 9 dramatic actors who should consider doing more comedy. It worked for Leslie Nielsen, who got a whole second career with Airplane!

Hear Johnny Cash’s Biggest Hits Played on Beer Bottles. Whiskey might have been more appropriate, but the Bottle Boys already have the instruments they need.

10 Artworks Made from Matchsticks. Great works are built one tiny stick at a time.

The New Jersey Cemetery Trapped in the 19th Century. A recent cleanup unearthed a hidden bunker with more history inside than anyone bargained for. 

Texas Sends Poor Teens To Adult Jail For Skipping School.


(via Fark)

Sesame Street Does Avengers: Age of Ultron

Once again, Cookie Monster is learning about staying focused and getting good nutrition by indulging in a movie parody. It’s called called “The Aveggies- Age of Bon Bon.” The Aveggies include Captain Americauliflower, Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn, and Zuchin-eye. Can it get sillier? Watch and see! (via The Daily Dot)

Monday, April 27, 2015

Imagine That!

Pass the Salt

Mom and Dad don’t think much of their sons using their phones at the dinner table. Dad has his own way of stopping all that, without raising his voice. I remember having to put my foot down about devices used during a family dinner, when the kids were a bit younger. Now family dinners are rare because the kids have other places to be. I can’t complain, though, as it gets me out of cooking. It would be different if we had sons at home, because teenage boys don’t want to miss an opportunity to eat. (via Viral Viral Videos)


(via reddit)

Bulldog Loves his Pool

Gus the bulldog is so happy to have a pool that he wants to take it inside with him! That way, he can enjoy it anytime he wants. See the gif version here. Then we find out that Gus’ indoor pool didn’t last all that long; see what happened in a video recorded three days later. (via reddit)

Old Folks

A Rant About Fashion

John Oliver tells it like it is on the HBO show Last Week Tonight. Contains HBO language.

On a related subject, you’ll enjoy the short film Unravel. When we discard clothing, those items sometimes go to others through charity or thrift stores, or sometimes to domestic recyclers. But a lot of old clothing from First World nations goes to India, where garment recyclers turn them into something useful. Along the way, the workers speculate on the garments’ original owners, which is hilarious. Unravel is an award-winning short film by director Meghna Gupta that shows what happens after you no longer want that shirt, dress, or sweater. Fifteen minutes long, in Hindi with English subtitles. (via Metafilter)


Stephen Hawking on One Direction

Stephen Hawking appeared via remote linkup at the Sydney Opera House to answer questions about theoretical physics. The final question was a bit off-topic, but he ran with it, and laid out the theory of multiple universes in language even a young teenybopper can understand. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

13 Secrets of Ice Cream Science.

This Is How Single Women Should Behave, According To A 1930s Etiquette Manual.

What Each State Has More of than Others. (via Daily of the Day)

Celebrate the Goodfellas 25th Anniversary with a look behind the real life Lufthansa heist crew. They made great movie characters, but were horrifying friends and enemies.

Finals Week, As Told By William Shakespeare. The Bard had many words of wisdom, although they won’t help if you haven’t studied.

Schools Should Teach Kids To Think, Not Memorize. The problem is that critical thinking skills are hard to measure on standardized tests.

10 Striking Works of Larger-Than-Life Street Art. Fifty-foot humans will not be ignored.

Shipwrecks, Scurvy and Sea Otters: the Story of Naturalist Georg Wilhelm Steller. Marooned in Alaska for months, he passed the time discovering new animals.

My advice to smart, hungry college grads: Be born rich. That will give you more advantages than education in the modern job market.

8 Towns that are Numbered. Not just with zip codes; these are named after numbers.

Cat Tells a Joke

(via Fark)

Chickens Eat Berries

These chickens have to jump to enjoy berries off the bush. That’s funny enough, but the gloriously emotional soundtrack will have you in stitches. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cake Mix with a Bonus

Country Roads

It's the John Denver classic, this time performed in Japanese by the group Goose House. (via Neatorama)

First Base



Trench and Maple

Trench is the guitarist; Maple is his dog and collaborator. Watch them play sweet music together in this collection of Vines. (via Tastefully Offensive)


President Obama’s Anger Translator

The highlight of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner last night was the part where Obama brought in his “anger translator” to give some emotion to his normally dry reports on current events. “Luther” is played by Keegan-Michael Key of Key & Peele. As the speech progresses, it turns out that Obama doesn’t really need someone to illustrate his anger all that much. How he kept a straight face during this, I’ll never know. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Priceless Headlines

Clickbait Movie

(via b3ta)

30 Days Without Sugar

Three people take the challenge to give up sugar for a month -which also includes giving up artificial sweeteners and honey. These are folks who drank soda all day, so it was not easy, but it was a life-changing experience. Do you think you could survive a month without sugar?

My daughter went on the Daniel fast  couple of years ago, which was three weeks of no sugar, meat, dairy, fried food, or processed grains. It was difficult shopping for such a diet, because when you read ingredients, everything in the store has added sugar! Even in the health food section, you see “dehydrated organic cane syrup,” which is a euphemism for sugar. I still don’t understand why a can of kidney beans has sugar in it. But she managed it, and learned to love a variety of fruits and vegetables along the way (she learned to cook, too). Two years later, she still eats healthily, and I keep a never-ending seasonal fruit bowl for the whole family to enjoy. (via Buzzfeed)


The Accused

(via reddit)

What if Man of Steel Were IN COLOR?

The 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel was in color, alright, but it was muted and dark, trying to emulate the look of The Dark Knight. But what works for Batman doesn’t necessarily work for Superman. VideoLab adjusted the colors to look more like the real world, which makes a real difference, don’t you think? At least its much easier for someone with less-than-optimal eyesight to follow. (via b3ta)

Friday, April 24, 2015

Not Valid on Sunday

Owl Dances on Guy’s Head

An eagle owl in Noordeinde, the Netherlands, swoops down and lands on a guy’s head. He doesn’t know the guy, or else why would he be constantly asking, “Who?” But he puts on a show for a bunch of photographers there, with a little dance as he’s perched on the man’s head! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Downton Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Valet

How about a Star Wars fan film made by actors in another series? James-Collier got the actors of Downton Abbey to shoot this between work on their main series. The first episode is free, but subsequent episodes will cost you a donation to Chilterns MS Centre for children with multiple sclerosis. Read more about it at Neatorama.

Be Prepared

Women in Medicine: 5 Firsts in Their Nations

As we read last week, Dr. Anandi Joshee was the first Indian woman to receive a Western medical degree. In another chapter in a series on women in medicine, let’s meet some other pioneers who were the first women doctors in their countries, in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Miss Cellania's Links

Elvis Presley, the Voracious Reader. Eddie Deezen looks at the King’s chosen reading material.

The Lessons We’ve Learned From Our Boomer Moms. As a Boomer Mom who still has minor children, I wonder about what they will take from y example.

Redesigning the World's Most Remote Human Settlement

The First Blood Transfusion. In 1667, a transfusion of blood into a human was proposed, but since the donor usually died in the animal experiments, it was decided to use the blood of a sheep.

Star Wars: 10 Unsung Heroes Behind A New Hope. Thirty-eight years later, it’s time they got some appreciation for their contributions.

19 Dramatic Animals Who Think All The World's A Stage. That prairie dog has nothing on these creatures.

7 Teen Movies Based On Shakespeare That Would Make Him Roll Over In His Grave. Maybe, but a good story will be adapted for almost any purpose.

At the First Rock Festival, Pianos Fell From the Sky. Country Joe McDonald and others talk about the Great Piano Drop of 1968.

 11 Super-Sweet Extreme Dessert Combos. You may need an insulin shot after reading this.

Movie Joke

(via reddit)

Top 10 Cat Superpowers!

Chris Poole’s cats Cole and Marmalade illustrate how they are better than everyone. In fact, they have super powers! Of course; all cats do.

As an aside, every time I hear about Cole and Marmalade, that song goes through my mind: “Cole and Marmalade for tea, sailing ships upon the sea…” (via Tastefully Offensive)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lost Volkswagen

I'm So Broke

Well, just how broke are you? Sometimes it helps to put things in perspective in you want to see the big picture. Yeah, I know, the fact that other people have it worse -and there’s always someone who has it worse- doesn’t mean you don’t have a money problem. But not being able to afford a large frappuccino  isn’t a problem, as College Humor points out in this video. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Possessed by Mickey Mouse

Lois Lane

(via John Farrier)

Crow Trolls Cat

This poor cat. He’s up a tree with an annoying crow giving him what for. The crow knows he’s got the advantage of being able to fly if the tree branch breaks under both of them. This video out of Russia may illustrate revenge, karma, bullying, or maybe life imitating art. The Daily Dot pegs it:
It’s pretty much straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, minus the whistle and cymbal crash that accompany smacks to the head.
Yes, but the music chosen to accompany this video is a hoot in its own way.

Mis Cellania's Links

A Note to Miss Cellania Readers: I have been alerted that links from this site are being redirected to an ad site -at least for one reader. Is this happening for you? Please leave a comment and let me know.

10 Hilariously Cheesy Fast Food Training Videos. From 1978 to the current era.

13 Beautiful Fields Of Flowers Around The World. A feast for your eyes to begin the day.

I Tested The Bed Bath & Beyond Return Policy. After reading this, I can understand why they recently tightened up the rules.

Seven surface tension experiments. Physics Girl gives us lessons for kids and party tricks to impress your friends.

Why we should be lowering not raising the retirement age. It would free up jobs for younger people, and strike a blow against income inequality.

8 Underground Rivers. And the stories of how they became buried.

Try giving your name to Starbucks and see how they mangle it at the generator What’s My Starbucks Name? (via Laughing Squid)

The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black. (via Metafilter)

In 1851, A Man Picked Two Unpickable Locks and Changed Security Forever.  (via the Presurfer)

$23,660-a-Year ‘Executives’ Will See a Raise From Obama Rule. Or at least work fewer unpaid overtime hours. (via Fark)

French Kiss

Oreo Trick Shots

How many way can you dunk an Oreo into a glass of milk? The sky is the limit! Peter Bamforth has a steady hand, an understanding of basic physics, and a seemingly unlimited supply of Oreo cookies. This video has some very impressive shots, but you have to wonder how many outtakes there are. That’s gotta be a lot of crumbled cookies and spilled milk, but a viral video is nothing to cry over. (via Time)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Always A Day Late

(via Bad Menu)

Happy Birthday, Princess!

It's been such a busy day that I almost let it pass without posting an important personal milestone. My older daughter, the one I called Princess quite a few times, turned 18 today. She can now sign contracts, write checks, register to vote, etc. etc. Where did the time go? Now I have to get used to her being an adult. Happy Birthday, Princess!

Ultimate Drone Save

A proper drone that can carry a camera is expensive, and so is the camera. Photographer Ryan Chatfield almost lost his in the ocean off Perth, Australia. Almost. The camera was working fin when Chatfield noticed the drone was inexplicably losing altitude. Quick thinking and a fast run saved the day, seconds before disaster. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Dancer Sees Herself Perforrn for the First Time

Alice Barker was a hoofer during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1930s and kept at it for decades. She also appeared in a few movies. Now Barker is 102 years old, and you can still see the dancer in her. She got an opportunity to see herself perform on video -for the first time ever. This is a lovely sequence. Read the story behind it at Mashable. And you can see the sequences of Barker dancing in full here. The nursing home shows the videos regularly now, and Barker is a rock star among the residents. (via Neatorama)

Victory Haircuts

Found Him

What Dogs Really Do When No One's Watching

Set up a camera to check on things while you aren’t home, and you’re liable to find out that when the cat’s away, the mice will play! Or in this case, the dogs. This compilation from the Dodo shows that dogs just want to have fun. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Miss Cellania's Links

Ig® & Beyond: Bees, Fish, Music, and Whiskey.

15 Things You May Not Know About Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Anthony Sullivan and Richard Adams got married in Colorado in 1975. The INS didn’t take too kindly to their request for Sullivan to receive U.S. citizenship.

1.5 Million Missing Black Men.

Adorable Snapshots of Stray Puppies Who Stole the Hearts of Soldiers in Afghanistan. Prepare to melt

Imagining a World Without Work. Machines have taken over many of our jobs, so why are we working so hard?

10 Rules of Gym Etiquette People Are Constantly Ignoring. You can remain completely blameless just by skipping your session today.

The Photos That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever.

Cassey Ho Photoshopped Herself With A “Perfect” Body To Prove How Ridiculous It Is. No matter how she made herself look, someone was ready with criticism.

Canada Lynx: The Ghost Cat of the North. Specially adapted for snow, how will they deal with climate change?

It's Spring!

Singing in an MRI

Normally, you have to stay absolutely still during an MRI, but in this research scan, scientists wanted to study the movements of the head and throat muscles during singing. The goal of the research is to see if singing in a chorus can help people in retirement homes build stronger voices. To do this at all, a team of an electrical engineers developed a scanner that would record 100 frames a second -ten times the normal rate. Enjoy this volunteer singing an appropriate song, and then go to mental_floss to read about the research involved.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015