Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mechanically Inclined

A Meal for a Date

The folks at You Suck at Cooking prepare a delicious Italian meal for a date while cranking out one double entendre after another about said date. There's also advice about keeping your expectations low. Not about the food, but about the date. While enjoying the video, I was a little bothered by the fact that he finished the pasta dish before he even started on the salad dressing. That's not the way you make a meal come together in real life. I understand that each recipe should be shown in its entirety so that the viewer understands, but the hot food should be finished at exactly time to put it on the table. You do the cold food while you are waiting for the hot food to cook. Maybe that's why he needed to keep his expectations low.

Found Them!

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Why Elephants Never Forget

"Elephants never forget" is an old saying that happens to be true. But as you'll learn in the TED-Ed lesson, that's only the beginning of ways in which elephants are tres smart. (Thanks, Sara!)

Tweet of the Day

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The State of Computer Face Graphics

The man in this video is not real. He never existed. He is completely computer-generated by Snappers Mocaps. The designer can control him completely with a mouse: his expression, his gaze, and what his lips are saying. The features of this software are listed at the YouTube page, including, "Compatible with all game engines and animation packages." Soon, video games will look this real, and you know humans in movies will follow quickly. If he stood still, or just moved without the cursor in a way that didn't indicate it was a demonstration, it would take you a while to realize who he is. But as soon as that realization sinks in, you enter the uncanny valley. (via Digg)

Master Lock

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Tunnel-Cleaning Machine

Tunnels don't get any rain, but they get plenty of car exhaust, which leaves grime behind. How do you wash a tunnel? With a truck built especially of that purpose. The Swiss road construction company Colas Suisse has those trucks. They resemble a car wash turned inside-out, with plenty of arms ending in whirling brushes. See one of these machines in action. The tunnel-cleaning machine uses no soap, because that would be bad for the environment. It gets the tunnel walls squeaky-clean purely with water and whirling brushes. (via The Kid Should See This)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Does Not Apply

Brian and Charles

Brian is a single sheep farmer in an isolated area. He gets lonely, particularly when he's snowed in. During one of those winters, he built himself a robot for companionship. It's not a good-looking robot. And it's not very smart, either, but now he has someone to talk to. Brian calls his robot Charles. 

As Brian and Charles go about their daily lives, you have to ask yourself: Is it better to be lonely, or to be constantly annoyed? That question could be applied to nearly every relationship, at least every now and then. This short was produced by Jim Archer. (via io9)

University Testing Center

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How You Really Use Exercise Machines

Sooner or later, everyone has an exercise machine of one sort or another in their home. It was that time you really, really had every intention to get into shape. The truth is, even after making a financial commitment, exercise is not as fun as it looks on TV. However, there's that period of time between giving upon exercise and finally getting rid of your expensive equipment. That's what this video is about, since that exercise machine can be used for many different things. Contains some NSFW language. Even people who cannot or will not make a big financial investment in equipment will eventually have an exercise machine in their home, because you can get one for almost nothing at any garage sale. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Lost in Translation

The Popcorn Thief

Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, was in Toronto to attend the Invictus Games, which he founded. In this video, his attention is split between the action and a conversation with the man to his left. Meanwhile, a toddler is helping herself to his popcorn! By the time Harry noticed her and offered her a kernel, she'd already eaten about half of his box. A good time was had by all. (via Laughing Squid)

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Get Yourself A Treat. The truth behind those dancing snacks we all know and love.

8 Star Trek Spec Scripts That Never Saw the Light of Day. Screenwriters share memories of stories they submitted, but were never used.

The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffee. How you brew it is as important as the raw materials.

Why can't rightwing comics break into US late-night TV? The discussion at Metafilter lists the reasons.

The Face ID Feature is Reportedly Causing iPhone X Supply Shortages. You need the extra time to come up with the money anyway.

Space Industries Create New Ethical Challenges. With so many nations and private companies going into space, who should set the rules?

18 Insanely Creepy Movie Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Until Now. They'll make a horror film even more terrifying.

Is This Underwater Afghan Hound More Funny or Spooky? He resembles a ghost floating through the ether, or else a sloth dressed in a Chewbacca costume.

There's Now Science-Backed Advice on How to Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs. An experiment reveals the importance of doing your laundry.

New Game

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A quirky but strangely optimistic song and video from Bill Wurtz, who is known for this sort of thing. (via reddit)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

Fauche Qui Peut

A kid tries to summon the Grim Reaper and inadvertently helps an aging French movie star cheat death. Find out why in the cartoon Fauche Qui Peut (Rest in Fame), a student film from ArtFX. (via Neatorama)


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Is This Underwater Afghan Hound More Funny or Spooky?

Most dogs swim by dog paddle. This Afghan hound might be doing the dog paddle, but you wouldn't know it from all that hair. He looks more like a ghost floating through the ether. To be honest, the dog resembles a sloth dressed up in a Chewbacca or Cousin It costume. (via Digg)  

Scary Campfire Stories

Modern life has it's own horrors, I suppose. Still, there's nothing wrong with a good, scary yarn told around a fire. You've got your back to the dark, your best friends are close by, the night is full of wildlife sounds and dark shapes flying by… it's the perfect time for a bit of a thrill. No one expects the tales to be true, but fact-checking only ruins the fun on such an occasion. My guess is that the stories will grow better now that his batteries are running down. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Star Wars Dentistry

If you look closely, you'll see a dentist in this scene. Dr. J. Steven Abernathy commissioned an ad for a laser root canal treatment offered by JS Abernathy Dental, with six location in Arkansas and Florida. The floss is strong with this one. Whether or not the laser technique takes the pain out of root canals, it's clear they have taken the pain out of watching a root canal ad. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. The politically-charged 1940 film was a masterpiece.

A Review of the New Miniseries Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders. If you're a Law & Order fan, it won't matter that you know how it ends.

How Kanazawa Gold Leaf is Made. It's carefully hammered out by hand to a thickness of 1/10,000th of a millimeter.

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic. The lack of social connections is doing us more harm than we realize.

The winners of Scuba Diving Magazine's Annual Underwater Photography Competition are Breathtaking. They will inspire you to at least consider investing in some scuba gear.

Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire. Take a tour of the wonders unearthed at a Mexican archaeological dig. (via Metafilter)

Meet the Voice Actors Behind the Peanuts Kids. Each of them shares memories of the job. (via Nag on the Lake)

Walter Jackson Freeman, Father of the Lobotomy

Trump's Lifetime of Patriotic Devotion to the Highest Ideals of the American Flag. File this under "fantasy."  


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Autumn Story

Lovely chalk animation. Music by Firekite. (via Swiss Miss)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Do Tell

Praying Mantis and iPhone

Add another species to the many who are entranced watching a video screen. The spider crawling across the phone screen is a game designed for cats, but the praying mantis sees a potential dinner. Sorry, bud, that spider wouldn't be very filling, even if you could catch him. This little guy belongs to German insect breeder Adrian Kozakiewicz. (via Laughing Squid)


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The No-Frills Birthday

Yeah, I'm older today. No need to make a big deal about it. (via Cake Wrecks)

A Squirrel's Big Moment

The highlight of the Kent State-Louisville game Saturday was when an unauthorized player took the field. A squirrel caught the attention of the broadcast team, and the crowd, too. When he took off running down the field, everyone stood up and cheered! Will he score a touchdown? You'd run pretty fast, too, if a stadium full of giants was yelling at you. Louisville trounced Kent State 42-3, so the squirrel was truly the most exciting play of the afternoon. (via reddit)

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The Tasting of the Shrew. A scientist swallowed on whole and then inventoried what came out the other end.

Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees

How Conman Jerry Balisok Pulled the Ultimate Disappearing Act

How the Freedom of Information Act Works. The rules have evolved substantially since the act passed in 1966.

Terminator 6 Might Be Good. That's based solely on who is connected with the as-yet-unnamed project.

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing. The two retailers have followed the same path, 100 years apart.

5 Amazing Things Invented by Donald Duck. Donald and his family are either prescient or inspirational, or both.

What Planned Parenthood Taught WWII Veterans About Birth Control. As they came home intent on building a normal life, Planned Parenthood booklets helped them develop the modern nuclear family.

New details of GOP tax plan reveal focus on wealthy.

This comment in a thread about hoarding trash describes the spiral of depression that could lead to unimaginable conditions.


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Autumn Leaves

It's fall! Time to celebrate and have some fall fun! No one loves playing in leaves more than this dog! (via Metafilter)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

But It's Delicious

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A Honest Trailer for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek itself is 50 years old, and the second TV series The Next Generation is 30. The show was supposed to capitalize on the Star Trek mania years after the original series, but improved with a real budget for special effects and decent acting. And it seemed like a real improvement, up to a point. However, looking back from the present, we can tell that TNG had its own faults multiplied by the many years it ran. Screen Junkies explores the many tropes, catch phrases, and crutches the show relied on as it entered yet another year of feeding our Star Trek addiction. There's plenty to work with here. Just like the original series, TNG was fun while it lasted, and is pretty funny to look back on now.

At the Dentist's Office

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Batman vs. Pennywise

Which superhero is most able to take on the clown form It? Batman, of course! The Caped Crusader has dealt with the Joker, but now he's up against a supernatural clown that' infinitely more terrifying. The fan film trailer by Adeel of Steel contains footage from four different films. It teases a movie that doesn't exist, but wouldn't you love the opportunity to see it? (via Tastefully Offensive)

Taking a Knee

Trevor Noah explains the current NFL controversy in a clear and succinct way that it would take me fifteen links to explain otherwise. The next segment is really good, too.

Seems Legit

Don't Say Velcro

The lawyers at VELCRO® Brand would prefer you not to use their company's name. What? Not say the brand name? I think the point they are getting to is that you shouldn't use their name when referring to the same product made by companies other than VELCRO®, although they aren't that clear about it. The actual product should be referred to as "&$# hoop and loop." The company wants to protect their trademark even though they lost the patent 40 years ago.

The singing lawyers make for a funny video, but as for using the brand names as a generic term, that genie left the bottle long ago. Just ask Crock-Pot®, Xerox®, Thermos®, or any of the other brands that became nouns. People are not going to say "&$# hoop and loop," but thanks to this video, they may be more aware of the brand, and that's the real point. (via Metafilter)

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Who Really Invented Calculus. An account of the feud between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.

Russia’s Cross-Dressing War Hero. Nadezhda Durova impressed Tsar Alexander I and earned acceptance for being an "interesting" woman.

The Best Way to Watch All of Star Trek. A viewer's guide to catching up on all 600 hours of Star Trek in TV and film (or at least the hours worth watching).

A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest. The Ford Motor Company built Fordlândia to manage a rubber tree plantation that produced no rubber.

How to Find the Specs for Any Device You Own. You might want to jot them down so you'll have them handy for tech support.

The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art. C.M. Koseman shows us what artists might think contemporary animals would look like if they only had skeletons to go by.

RespectableLawyer‏ posted the story of a rich Texan who tried to keep his mug shot off the internet. It didn't work. (via Metafilter)

Budapest’s Former Top-Secret Hospital Inside a Cave.

Rowena Matthews has such a distinguished career in in science that her Wikipedia page makes no mention of her fame in a series of Tang commercials. (via Metafilter)

I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It's time for single-payer health care.


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Monday, September 25, 2017

House Salad

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All Night Long at The Airport

A few years ago, I posted a video that Richard Dunn made when he was stranded overnight at an empty airport. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport wasn't totally empty when Mahshid Mazooji was stranded there overnight recently, so she enlisted the help of fellow passengers and the airport staff in making a video that cheered everyone up. It will cheer you up, too! Mazooji's brother Death__BySnuSnu posted this at reddit. Commenters verified that the Charlotte airport has the second-best dancers in any U.S. airport, bested only by the staff at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

The Wisdom of Roald Dahl

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Jack Russell Bullies Three Cats

A tiny terrier pays no attention to the fact that these lion cubs are several times his size. What matters is intimidation and calling your enemy's bluff. Jack Russells are born with a Napoleon complex, and use it to the fullest extent. The cubs probably just want to play, but they know better than to mess with a yapping ball of anger, no matter how small it is. (via reddit)


String Quartet Does "Carry On Wayward Son"

Thalia Strings is a quartet of classically-trained musicians: Lindsey Bordner and Amy Cave on violins, Katrina Chitty on viola Corinne Lint on cello. They have quite a repertoire of rock songs. Check them out! See Thalia Strings perform "Thunderstruck" and "Creep" at Laughing Squid.

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The Great Escape. The story behind how Portal was developed.

Why 3 Man-Sized Cages Hang From a Medieval German Church Steeple. The Protestant Reformation led Münster, Germany, to war, because one's salvation was not to be trusted to free will, and neither was political power.

After Charlottesville, The American Far Right Is Tearing Itself Apart.

The Many Deaths of the Joker. The villain is killed off time and time again, but he's too good to get rid of permanently.

The Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan. Seitō was groundbreaking literature in 1911.

Is Beaming Down in Star Trek a Death Sentence? We don't know whether the re-assembled atoms at the other end are the real you. (via Metafilter

Victorian Paintings: A Miscellany. They are so much better with modern captions.

The True Story Behind Billie Jean King’s Victorious “Battle of the Sexes.” It was just one chapter in her campaign to elevate women in tennis.

The Delicate Art of the Amusement Park Caricature. The artist must negotiate the body images issues of strangers every day.

Snooperkatz, the Lost Cat of 1894. (via Strange Company)

Wasn't Me

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Nearly 600 Very Good Dogs

If you were going to witness an attempt to break a world record, this is the one you'd want to attend. An association called the Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) welcomed 576 border collies to a park in Willaston, South Australia, Sunday to create the largest gathering of border collies ever. The previous record was 503 border collies in one place. However, the Guinness organization does not recognize gatherings of specific dog breeds, so the result is only bragging rights, and a memorable event for both the dogs and their owners. In other words, a good time was had by all. (via The Daily Dot)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Free Eye

Bini the Basketball Bunny

This rabbit has many hobbies, such as painting and doing tricks for his human. He likes to play a little basketball before he goes to bed every night. The folks at Guinness World Records have recognized Bini's talents with a world record for "most slam dunks in one minute by a rabbit." Yeah, sure, it's a made-up category for Bini, but it's still amazing. It got the rabbit into the book Guinness World Records 2018: Amazing Animals. This is the first edition, so who knows? Maybe some other bunny will come along and challenge that record. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Meet Deadly

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Reality Versus the Perception of Reality

The universe is so big and complicated that mere humans can only perceive a small part of it, and understand even less of it. Sure, our relative intelligence and ability to grasp abstract concepts is what separates is from other animals, but that doesn't mean we understand the nature of what we call reality. What if everything we know is just a simulation constructed by someone else? The possibility was once considered ridiculous, but we're at the point now where we can see how it would happen. 

Kurzgesagt outlines this paradox by explaining how close we are to creating simulated universes and intelligence ourselves. What could possibly go wrong? I am reminded of that one night we watched a colony of ants and talked about how they were totally unaware of the intelligent beings watching them. So we turned around, looked up in the sky, and waved to the super-intelligent beings watching us. It's a concept that puts us somewhere between Genesis, Oculus Rift, and The Matrix. Vsauce3 looks into the question even further. 

The upshot is that our reality is what we perceive, and we don't know how much we don't know. And we never will. (via Laughing Squid)


Clogging in the '60s

This clip from Bluegrass Roots: On The Road With Bluegrass Musician, a 1964 documentary by David Hoffman, shows Bluegrass clogging. It's a descendant of Irish step-dancing, with elements of square dancing and line dancing added. I guarantee that these young folks dressed in their Sunday best because they knew a filmmaker would be at the dance that night.


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The Baranton Sisters

Régina and Yvonne Baranton were foot jugglers. Watch them display their talents on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. You have to wonder how and why they ever decided they were going to juggle tables with their feet. It's not the kind of thing that everyone wanted to do. It turns out they came by their act naturally -from the family. A French circus family. You can see the Baranton Trio performing on French TV in 1958. And the tradition lives on. Another family member, Eliane Baranton, performs in this video labeled 2009. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

There's a Story Here

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)

The hit by Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers has been posted here before, but this version is from a Dutch TV show in 1970. She was much more popular in the Netherlands than she ever was in the U.S. The young folk singer tells how impressed she was that the Gospel choir consented to collaborate with her. (via Strange Company


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How American Gothic Became an Icon

Grant Wood's American Gothic is more than a famous painting. Sure, it's a great piece of art, but there's more to it than that. When it was first unveiled, the painting wasn't recognized as anything special. But the subject matter made it something worth talking about. In this video from Vox, we see that it was the people who saw the painting that made it special. They saw what they wanted to see in American Gothic. (via Digg)

True Love: A Tribute to The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride has a cornucopia of elements that make it one of our favorite movies. But the overarching theme is true love. In this cute video that seems shorter than it is, the Gregory Brothers songify the lines from the movie to make a love song about love..  true wuv. This is their contribution to the celebratio of the movie's 30th anniversary on Monday. (via Tastefully Offensive

Friday, September 22, 2017


Colin Furze's Driveable Hot Tub

Insane inventor Colin Furze (previously) has built such a reputation that now he's being paid to bring ridiculous tech to life. In his latest stunt, he covered a BMW with a lawn (artificial turf), sealed it up and filled it with water, and installed a barbecue grill on the back. Silly? Yes, and a lot of fun. The car is an ad for Google, so they provide Furze with the raw materials for the hot tub car.
Watch Furze drive around, splashing his bathwater all over the road. Oh yeah, the interior also has water jets, to which he adds bubble bath soap! Now try to imagine what happens when they grill burgers behind a bubble bath. This is the "fun" video. In case you are wondering exactly how he sealed the car so well that it could be driven filled with water, this video shows the process, and this video covers the other accessories. (via Laughing Squid)


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Learn to Play Cat

In the newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic, Simon Tofield and Nicky Treverrow talks about how cats play, and the best ways for us to play with them. It starts with how to train kittens in recognizing toys. Even after a lifetime of playing with cats, even I learned some new tips in this video. It has a Simon's Cat cartoon tagged onto the end, in which we see the cat having a ball with that elusive red dot.

Unfortunate Nominative Determinism

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

The Madness of Donald Trump. Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone.

The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

Cringe-worthy Twitter story about a plumber.

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World. 

Leather, Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

Me Too!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017


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The Magic of Making Marbles

I honestly doubt they make all marbles like this. I picture a series of robots doing it dozen at a time. But watching a glassblower make marbles with swirls of color inside is really neat. (via The Kid Should See This

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

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A Timely Tweet

It's an annual event.

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Relax and Pet Your Dog

Paul Rugg, who writes and does voiceovers for cartoons (he worked on Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, among other shows) tells us how he relaxes at home with his beloved dog. Truly a man's best friend. (via reddit)

In Their Natural Habitat


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The Forgotten Storm. The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 was the deadliest tornado in US history.

Even Business Leaders Are Realizing Health Insurance Companies Serve No Purpose. They know it's time for single-payer. (via Boing Boing)

Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out the last three years.

Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly. (via Digg)

23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

In the wake of the housing crisis, a new breed of real estate investor is destroying America's cities

New Bed

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Fun with Mudskippers

Mudskippers are some really strange animals. They are amphibious fish, which is not a new division of taxonomy; it just means they are fish that can spend time out of the water. Mudskippers can breathe through their skin, and they have some strange mating habits, too. This video from the BBC explains. It gets really good at about a minute in, so make sure you don't have any liquid in your mouth when they start to dance. They sometimes get into shouting matches with each other, too, as you can see here. (via reddit)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Police Blotter

Blind Cat Loves Music

Sarper Duman is a Turkish musician and a cat lover -he feeds the stray cats of Istanbul and has taken eleven of them in to his home. One of his fans sent him this cute video of a blind cat enjoying Duman's music.
"This has been the most touching message i've ever recieved. This beautiful blind cat's name is Namık. They say he acts that way whenever he is shown my videos. It's so impressive for me... Always be happy Namık !"
Aww! We don't know whether Namik is hugging the phone out of affection for the music, or if he just wants to listen to it closer. The effect is the same. Here's a bonus video of Duman with one of his own cats.

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Abby the Spoon Lady

How long has it been since you've been impressed by someone playing the spoons? This is Abby the Spoon Lady, accompanying Chris Rodrigues to the song "Angels in Heaven." They recorded this on Play Music on Your Porch day in August, which sounds like a lovely thing to celebrate. Anyone can play spoons, however, it takes a lot of practice and dedication to play them this well. But Abby the Spoon Lady is more than just a spoon player. According to Wikipedia,
Abby first started street performing and busking as a means to make money traveling across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. She taught herself to play the spoons and traveled all over the United States by hitchhiking and railroad. She states that landing in Asheville, North Carolina, was completely an accident and that she took the wrong train.[4] Today she hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo.[5] She spent a good amount of her time traveling recording the stories, interviews and songs of other American travelers.[6]
She is also a free speech advocate and has a radio show at  WSFM-LP in Asheville. (via reddit)

Sensible Condominium Development

The Rotary Jail

William H. Brown invented what he thought was a good idea: a rotary jail. Cell blocks were constructed as a circular tumbler, and cells were built in the shape of a pie slice. There was only one door for the cell block, and the guard would rotate the cell block to access each cell. The idea was to save money by having fewer guards to watch fewer doors. You think it would take a long time to recoup the expense of the mechanism that way. What could possibly go wrong? You have to wonder whether anyone stopped to think that it might be easier just to walk around the building than to move the building. Eighteen rotary jails were built, and that's when the problems started. Like inmates getting their arms cut off. Tom Scott visits the Rotary Jail Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where a working rotary jail survives. (via Digg

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Skunk Research Review. What is it that makes them so smelly?

How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.  (via Metafilter) 

6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

7 Fictional Workplace Floor Plans. Bizdaq presents the floor plans of Dunder Mifflin, Moe's Tavern, Central Perk, Paddy’s Pub, Sterling Cooper, and the comic book store from The Big Bang Theory.

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes

The first new Tomb Raider poster is a Photoshop disaster.


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Jimmy Kimmel on Bill Cassidy’s Health “Care” Bill

Jimmy Kimmel didn't waste any time telling us what he thinks of the GOP's last-ditch effort to gut our health care system. It's a Hail Mary effort to repeal Obamacare because they hate Obamacare. Maybe they should start thinking of American citizens' well being instead of political grudges.