Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Raccoon and the Breathalyzer

This report from last Saturday has people laughing out loud across the country. You have to ask why the raccoon didn’t tear the guy up when he first caught him. Well, he probably did, but he was drunk, so that part didn’t get mentioned in the report.

The thing is, it’s not true. The watermark logo is JTTOTS, which designates military humor. Yet enough people believed it to make the debunking itself worth news. People wanted this to be true because it paints such a funny picture. Expect to see the vignette incorporated into some movie screenplay before a year passes. (via reddit)


If anyone ever calls Deep Purple a one-hit wonder, you can remind them of “Hush” from 1968. Or introduce them to the song, in case they don't remember it.

The Watching Tree


Stuart Crout plays “The Final Countdown” on a Kazookeylele, a hybrid instrument the likes of which I have never seen before. The nerdery is cranked to eleven here. Several years later, Crout was on Britain’s Got Talent, but not for long. (via reddit)

Geek Car Model

1939 Speech Synthesizer

Introducing VODER (Voice Operation DEmonstratoR) from Bell Labs. This device was demonstrated at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939 and at the Golden Gate International Exposition. Pretty amazing for the time, huh? (via Everlasting Blort)

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7 Reasons Not to Climb Mt. Everest.

When America Was 'Great,' Taxes Were High, Unions Were Strong, and Government Was Big.

Award-winning photographer Magnus Wennman traveled all to photograph refugees from Syria and the Middle East. A series of his pictures showing where children sleep is accompanied by their stories. (via Metafilter)

Chaos Life has the most thorough and hilarious profiles of their cats. Meet Peter, Konstantin, and Jiji.

Beware of Republicans bearing plans to 'simplify' the tax code

Ridley Scott Talks about The Martian, Prometheus sequels, and his other movies. He’s hyped about the Blade Runner sequel he’s not even directing.

Does Shakespeare Need to Be “Translated” for Contemporary Audiences? No, but with a light updating, they could become more popular.

Watch a kitten with only two legs take his first steps in a custom wheelchair. His tragic life has turned completely around in his foster home.

This Woman Perfectly Explains Why You Shouldn’t Ask People Why They Don’t Have Kids. The reason might be a big deal that’s none of your business.

10 quirky life lessons from a single dad. He obviously once had a traumatic running-out-of-toilet-paper experience.  

They're Cold, Too

(Thanks, Stephanie!)

An Honest Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron

Screen Junkies does it again, with an honest trailer for a movie that hasn’t even been released on DVD and Blu-ray yet. That may be why these clips are so fuzzy -is it it just me?

The second Avengers film didn’t quite make the splash the first movie did, even after years of hype. They do have a point about the unbelievable requirements of Age of Ultron in regards to the rest of the Marvel movie universe. No matter, if you liked it, you’ll like it even after seeing the Honest trailer version. (via Tastefully Offensive

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

When Can I Use This Coupon?

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I’m Ready for my Closeup

Burger Fiction brings us a supercut of camera pushes -shots where the camera zooms in on our hero (or villain) to make him/her appear more epic. With appropriately epic music. (via Tastefully Offensive)  

13 Joys of Autumn

Florival fr via Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Last week a popular post at Jezebel told us Fall is the Worst Season. It poetically compares autumn to the decline of life, which overlooks two things: first, the decline of life is when it has its fullest value and grows the sweetest, just like fruit. Second, autumn comes around every year, and if we are lucky, we get to enjoy many of them. Autumn happens to be my favorite season, and I don’t mind to share the many reasons why fall is the best.

1. Apples

Clare McBride via Flickr // CC BY-ND 2.0

Your local farmers market and grocery stores are full of apples of all kinds. Just a few years ago, they’d all be red delicious or golden delicious apples, and unless you had your own tree, there wasn’t much choice. But consumer demand led to an explosion in available apple varieties with different tastes and uses. Granny Smith apples are tart for making pies, while Honeycrisp apples are the kind you want to sink your teeth into. This autumn, you should try a few types you’ve never had before

2. Turning Leaves

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Every fall, I get a sudden urge to make a quilt. I’ve made maybe a dozen patchwork quilts in my life, back when I had a 9 to 5 job and watched TV at night, sitting behind my quilting frame. The inspiration I get this time of year comes from looking at the mountains, with their magnificent splotches of red, yellow, and orange along with patches of evergreens. The urge to start cutting fabric lasts until the mid-November rainstorm that brings the rest of the leaves down.

3. Falling Leaves

Raking leaves might seem like a chore, but when you get children involved, it can turn into a party. Who can rake the most leaves up the fastest? Who gets to jump into the pile first? Don’t take too long to decide, because the dog will take the first leap is he gets a chance! The oaks, walnuts, and maple trees that shade the yard are the reason I have to arrange an overflow bin for compost material in the fall.

4. Football

For fans of American football, the start of the school year means Little League football, high school football, college football, and the NFL. Pick your poison or enjoy them all! You don’t even have to be a football fan to have good memories of your team taking the field. You might just like tailgate parties, and who can blame you? For me, football reminds me of high school, which meant marching in the band, looking forward to the homecoming dance, the one powder puff game I actually played for charity, and the night I met that cute guy from another school. Actually, that happened a few times.

5. Harvest

Hailing a NYC Cab in 1981

Two of our favorite aliens, Mork and Superman, photographed in 1981. Both left our world way too early. (via reddit)


Trevor Noah’s Debut on The Daily Show

He did pretty well, actually. There were plenty of jokes about the new kid, immigrants, and the passing of the torch, although that was wrapped up in news about John Boehner.

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A Shadow From the Twin Towers: The Story of Alicia Head. Head's elaborate lies carried her to the top of a 9/11 survivors' group, despite the fact that she was out of the country that day.

Down at the Sweetheart Rink. The 1972 photographs of Bill Yates capture a world I grew up in, even though I was in Kentucky instead of Florida.

We demand that women live in fear and behave impeccably to avoid 'asking for it.’

Kevin Hart meets an ostrich.

Scene-stealers and familiar faces: A field guide to 19 of today’s best character actors. Get to know them, because you’ll see them again and again. 

A Modern Treasure Hunt for Manhattan’s History. Finding one of John Randel’s 200-year-old surveyor’s bolts is a nerdy but glorious occasion.  

Why You Feel Like a Fraud and How to Overcome It. You may suffer from Imposter Syndrome, but don’t worry, everyone else does, too.

Parkour gets sexy thanks to amazing #StreetPole dancers. Feats of strength and grace have escaped strip clubs to go public.

Storing data in DNA would solve the world’s information storage problem, if we can get the cost down. The real problem would be if someone decided to use it in a cloning experiment.

This Is Why You Should Celebrate Banned Books Week. It’s a tribute to those who fight for the freedom to read, namely, librarians.


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Look at That Body

Above Average is making a series of videos called Criminal Crimes, which pokes fun at police dramas. It stars the sketch group Chess Club Comedy. This episode takes place in the morgue, as our detectives examine a murder victim. The coroner needs to get out more, maybe see a movie or two. I know she’d enjoy Thor. (via The A.V. Club)

Monday, September 28, 2015

How Popey was the Pope?

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Rate Me

How would you rate me on a scale of one to ten? That’s a question you should never, ever ask. It’s akin to asking if these pants make my butt look big. You don’t want honesty, you want validation. But you might get honesty instead. (via reddit)

Menu to Avoid

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Migrants and Refugees

Whether you call them migrants or refugees, they are all looking for a home. John Oliver explains what’s happening in Europe on Last Week Tonight. The very end of this is the best part. Especially if you are Najeem Mustafa.

Pick-up Attempt

The Wrong Way to Kill a Spider

This guy was gassing up his car when he saw a spider. He wanted to kill it. The first weapon he thought of was his lighter. Imagine what happened then.

The gas station clerk immediately hit the pump cutoff button and called the fire department. The guy who started it all (whose name has not been released) grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames. It could have been so much worse. Strangely, the only thing destroyed in the fire was the gas pump. The car was barely touched, and no one was injured. (via Arbroath)

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Where’s the Rest of Me? Tales of a few notable missing body parts.

Matthew Buchinger was born in 1674 with no hands or feet and only parts of his arms and legs, but became an accomplished artist, calligrapher, magician, and musician

So, I Just Watched Star Wars for the First Time. Charley Locke has some revelations to share.  (via Digg)

Square Root of Kids’ Math Anxiety: Their Parents’ Help. (via Metafilter)

Anne Hathaway Can’t Win. She’s become an example of how women undermine other women who do well.

Key & Peele watch Othello.

How Miracle Max Nearly Shut Down The Princess Bride.

10 Mad Royals from History. Inbreeding and the pressures of the realm can drive one over the brink.

Frenzied Photos of Headbanging Heavy Metal Festivalgoers. Danish photographer Jacob Ehrbahn endured a lot of festivals to bring these images to you.

The 19 Creepiest Kids In Horror Movies. The cuter they are, the more horrified we are at their underlying evil.

Their Favorite Book

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Kittens Play Whack-a-Mole

Kittens El Melik and Suudo don’t need any human intervention for this game! One is the mole, the other is the whacker.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

With Chips

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Mississippi Queen

Leslie West, Felix Pappalardi, and Corky Laing. otherwise known as Mountain, perform at Randall's Island in New York in 1970. This clip is from the film The Day The Music Died.


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Birthday Picture

Today is my birthday. Not a big deal, I've had plenty of them. (via Fark)

Police Dog Report

(via reddit)

Cat Shuts Up Yapping Dog

Devon Meadows set up a camera to see what goes on when he’s not home, particularly how much his new puppy Chazz barks. That’s how he came to witness an epic shutdown by his cat, Grayscale. Cats know when to be intimidating, and the puppy was certainly put in his place. (via Neatorama)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Question of the Day

Trump Debates Trump

If so many people are tuning into the Republican debates only to see Donald Trump in action (which is what he claims), then an all-Trump debate would garner the highest ratings of all! Ellen Degeneres has the right idea. If there were an all-Trump 24/7 channel, some people would tune in all day -while others would wait for the highlights to hit YouTube. (via Boing Boing)

What a Crock

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Sexual Herassment Found Footage

From the Found Footage Festival, we get a supercut of sexual harassment employee training videos from the ‘90s. The re-enactments are cheesy and get laughs, but the things they illustrate were just another day at the office back in the day. (via Everlasting Blort)



The Warriors: Last Subway Ride Home

The cast of the 1979 film The Warriors reunited on September 13th for The Warriors Festival in Coney Island. How did that go? The actors arrived by the Q train, of course, recreating the journey in the movie in which they left the city gang wars to return to their home turf on Coney Island. Rolling Stone followed along with cameras. It was a little different this time around. For one thing, the subway cars are no longer covered in graffiti. There was no turnstile-jumping, of course. And along the way, they met fans of the movie and even modern day gang members! See more videos of the event at Rolling Stone. (via mental_floss)


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Paving Stone

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MST3K Does Manos: The Hands of Fate

Mystery Science Theater 3000 takes on the worst movie ever made, Manos: The Hands of Fate. Read about the making of the film, how it was lost, found, and restored, and the fight over the rights to it, at Playboy. (via Metafilter)

Police Crackdown

(via reddit)

Parrot Dances a Jig

A parrot on top of a coffeemaker. He may be dancing because the surface is hot, but if it were too hot, he’d just leave. Maybe he’s asking for a cup of Irish coffee? (via Arbroath)


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12 Acts of Genius Ripped From the Tabloids. A few scandals, and some interesting tales about Nobel Prize winners.

The Missing Pilot and the Crash That Rocked Alaska’s Golden Age of Aviation. That’s when they realized how dangerous their job is.

Fall Is the Worst Season. I disagree, as someone who has lived through many a cold winter.

How Internet Magic Helped a Quirky Cartoonist Find Success. It’s about Kate Beaton, one of my very favorite webcomic artists. 

A Kentucky legislator is suing to overturn anti-bribery laws, because they interfere with his right of free speech. Well, if corporations are people and money is speech, he may be right. (via Boing Boing)

If you’re in New York this weekend, you catch The Rocky Horror Picture Show 40th Anniversary events. That is, if you’re still young enough to do the Time Warp again.

38 Cozy Cocktails Guaranteed To Warm You Up This Fall. Apple cider is such a versatile drink!

Strunk & White: Grammar Police. Never let your participles dangles around these two. (via Metafilter)

 50 Films That Capture the Dark Side of New York City. You know, the way it used to be in the ‘70s and ‘80s. 

Don’t Miss the Lunar Eclipse! People across most of North America and Europe, a large part of Africa, and all of South America will be able to follow the total lunar eclipse this Sunday night.

Hero Dog

Avery Lands a Fish

Avery is out fishing with her dad with her pink Barbie fishing pole. Not only does she catch a fish, it’s a 5-pound, 20 inch bass! And she did it all by herself. Father and daughter will remember this catch for the rest of their lives. (via reddit)

Thursday, September 24, 2015


The Dog Train

Eugene Bostick has a soft heart for dogs. He’s taken in countless unwanted dogs and gave them a forever home. And to give them a little extra fun, he takes them on a train ride! He built the train out of plastic barrels and pulls it with his tractor. The dogs love it.  (via Neatorama)




“Activewear” is the marketing term for sports or exercise clothing. Everyone wears activewear, but few are actually active. There are two basic kinds of activewear: the body-hugging yoga pants and sports bras that show off one’s physique, figure, or lack thereof, and the loose sweats good for warmth and comfort. Young people who want to show off their bodies and look like they work out, and we older folks just want chafe-free covering. The video is aimed at girls, but we all know guys do it, too. This music video was created by the Van Vuuren Bros for the TV show Skit Box. (via Tastefully Offensive

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Please Please Me: the Beatles’ First Album. Eddie Deezen describes the one-day recording session.

20 Terrifying Animals That Could Have Come Straight Out of a Horror Movie. I don’t see how the Venezuelan poodle moth could be… oh dear, yes it is.

A teenage Syrian refuge refused to leave home without his puppy. Aslan Al Hakim carried little Rose more than 300 miles to safety in Greece.

How Well Do You Know Your Toes? I bet you can’t identify them all without looking.

Inside the tax havens that are helping the 1 percent steal trillions of dollars. An estimated $7.6 trillion is hidden away in nations that cater to the rich.

How & Why Do Leaves Change Color? I figured it was to make them easier to see while you rake them up, but the real answer is a bit more complicated.

The most popular type of home in every major American city, charted.

How a Concentration Camp Survivor and an American Huckster Created the
Magic Crystals of Miracle-Gro.


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Visualizing Chopin

Enjoy an animated visualization of Chopin’s Etude, opus 25 no. 1, in A-flat major. Stephen Malinowski and his Music Animation Machine make it look as pretty as it sounds. (via The Kid Should see This)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How's the Food?

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Ramblin Gamblin Man

Bob Seger gets groovy on TV. This was about 1968, when he was 23 years old and hadn’t yet grown the beard.

Best Reason to Use a Dashcam

Imagine tootling along in your car when this happens. This was on Red Hill Avenue in Irvine, California. The local paper had the story a bit later. It was a Piper Cherokee with some kind of equipment failure that prompted an emergency landing on the street. No one was injured, and the plane was not damaged during the landing. 

Like redditor AHPpilot said, “One man's emergency landing is another man's hilarious dash cam video.” (via reddit)

Autumn Cat

Bike Path

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Cat Predation in England. The science of little killers.

To promote the The Peanuts Movie that hits theaters November 6, 20th Century Fox has a generator with which you can customize a Peanuts character. This one is as close as I can get to one that resembles me. (via Flavorwire

Harry doesn’t know much about his ancestors, but JK Rowling knows. She posted a look at the Potter family history and genealogy that explains the name and where all that money came from. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

The Selfie from Hell. Warning: terrifying.

How Cats Won the Internet. Maria Bustillos wrote a delightful essay that gets to the heart of the matter. (via Metafilter)

The History of Female Anger. And the various ways dismiss, belittle, or ignore it. (via Boing Boing)

The Screen’s Greatest Crime Lords. Meet 23 of the best mobsters in pop culture.

You are now free to sing “Happy Birthday” in public. A federal judge has declared the song to be in the public domain.

Indiana Jones and the raiders of the lost Hollywood franchise. Imagine all the ways Disney could screw up further sequels about the old-style archaeologist.

Massive Wartime Decoys and Camouflage Operations. Illusion played a part in winning World War II.  

I'm Late! I'm Late!

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Theory vs. Hypothesis vs. Law… Explained!

Sherlock Holmes may say “I have a theory that the murderer may be someone in this room.” The way he’s using the word “theory” isn’t the way the word is used in science. The words “fact” and “hypothesis” and “law” suffer from the same difference in perception and meaning between scientists and laypersons.

Joe Hanson, Ph.D. of the PBS Digital Studios channel It’s Okay to Be Smart explains the way science uses these words. Understanding the difference is one thing, explaining it to someone else is hard. Hanson does a pretty good job, but it will be much easier for us to send someone the video than to explain it the way he does. (via Digg)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Counterfeit Currency

Drinking Problem

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Men on a Ladder

Poor Parking Job

Or the greatest parking job ever, depending on how you look at it. I wish I knew the rest of the story behind this picture. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Grandmas Get Disney Princess Makeovers

Do you recall the Italian grandmas who reviewed Olive Garden food? They’re back! And they’re getting Disney Princess makeovers.

You may think this is a silly concept, but as the video goes on, you learn that these women grew up during hard times and never got the chance to play dress-up or fantasize about the royal life. They are cute and sassy and deserve some silliness in their lives. (Thanks, Ricky Sans!)

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Discovered in Dreams. Some of the world’s great inventions and artworks were inspired during sleep.

Not-so-final girls: 17 girls (and 1 guy) who didn’t survive their horror movies. They also serve, those who buy the farm before the final reel.

How the Vatican Investigated a Modern Miracle at a Leprosy Settlement in Hawaii. Saint Damien’s second miracle occurred in 1998.

Honest Gil for President! He’s got the formula down to the last detail.
Archaeologists Unearth Civil War Refuge for Escaped Slaves.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is accepting entries only until October first. See The Telegraph’s favorites here and here. (via Everlasting Blort)

How do you tell a 10-year-old that she’s HIV positive? JJ is about to learn the truth.

New Discoveries Could Explain What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke. (via Science Chamber of Horrors)

Giving Random Stupid Intelligence On TV’s Get Smart. An affectionate look back at the ‘60s spy sitcom.

Ben Carson Shattering Stereotype About Brain Surgeons Being Smart.


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A Hospice Serenade

The 1943 song “You’ll Never Know” was always special to Laura and Howard Serena. She sang it to him as he left for World War II. She sang it to herself for comfort while he gone to war. They sang it together at their 50th anniversary party. At family gatherings, they would sing it to each other, alternating verses. Laura is 93 years old now, and blind. Howard is 92 and uses a wheelchair. When Howard visited her hospice room, he sang the song to her again. Their granddaughter Erin Solari recorded the moment. Things have changed a little since then. 
She said the response to the video, which was first posted on Facebook, was an “outpouring of love [which] lifted everyone's spirits” and eventually convinced the hospice staff that she was well enough to go home to spend her final days with her husband.
Warning: onion cutting. (via Metafilter)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Kid's Menu

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No Vampires Remain in Romania

The new song from King Luan comes just in time for the ramp up to Halloween. It features both our favorite vampire, Count Dracula, and our favorite mad scientist, Nikola Tesla. (Thanks, Craig Clark!)


MyMathLab is clearly the bane of a student’s existence. I’ve never encountered it, but the internet generation has a never-ending supply of proof that it’s useless. (via reddit)