Friday, October 18, 2019

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A Guide to Asian Restaurants, by Ali Wong. 

4 Serial Killers Who Fell In Love (With Other Psychopaths).

Putting the cat out.

I’m Furious That It Took Almost a Decade to Diagnose My Chronic Pain.  (via Digg)

These Desert Ants Gallop at a Blistering 108 Body Lengths Per Second. (via Metafilter)

GIULIANI! (Here He Goes Again), the latest Randy Rainbow song parody.

The Animal News Network Traffic Report.

A Dead, Decomposing Whale Once Toured the United Kingdom.


The Stories Behind 21 Bizarre Celebrity Quirks

A blast from the past (2007): 7 Reasons Frogs are Funny.

Master of Disguise

(via Fark)

Goodbye to Love



When I was young, I thought I had to endure the schmaltzy lyrics to get to the guitar solo, which I loved. Now I appreciate every note Karen Carpenter sang.

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(via Buzzfeed)

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Prancer

Randall Munroe Explains How to Power Your House



Randall Munroe went from a job as a NASA programmer and roboticist to creating the webcomic xkcd. He has a new book called How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. This video shows you the kind of thing the book contains, as he weighs the pros and cons of various ways of providing sustainable power to your home. (via Digg)

Blood Donation

(via reddit)

Scottish Ballet: Tremble



16 Scottish Ballet dancers are dining out, when the served becomes the server. Whether you enjoy it for the dance or enjoy it for the story, or both, get some extra fun by trying to determine which clips are recorded backwards. (via Nag on the Lake)

Pet Ghost

That's a good boy. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Real Life Meme

Trump said this picture was "unbecoming" to Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi used it as her Twitter header image. Everyone thought the same thing I did when they saw this image from yesterday's White House meeting.

Minus the tears, of course. (via a comment at Boing Boing)

Broken Heart

1981



The Hood Internet continues their series of music mashups with more than 50 songs from 1981. This should being back some very specific memories for you. I was living in Brookfield, Missouri, at the time.

I began my radio career in 1982, which gives me very specific memories of songs, including receiving a copy of "Who Can It Be Now?" from Men at Work. So it was jarring to hear the song in a mix of 1981 songs. I looked it up, and learned the song was a hit in Australia and New Zealand a full year before it was released in the States. I feel better now. 

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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners. See winners in the various categories in this gallery. (via reddit)

The Trump Impeachment Saga Is Basically Shakespearean. This Is Its Cast Of Characters.

Look at this cat. Upvote, if you don't mind.

Archaeologists Unearth Bloody Gladiator Fresco in Pompeii.

Superman vs. the KKK. A new graphic novel uses the story from a 1940s radio play to address a perennial problem. (via Metafilter)

What Would You Do With an Extra $500 a Month? A financial experiment in five true stories.

Chocolate Toilets. (via Dave Barry)

A Gory Toy Story: The Horrible History of the Evilstick.

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth Hound finally achieves his dream and beats Lucky Ducky: billionaires now pay a lower tax rate than poor people!

A blast from the past (2008): Do-It-Yourself Molded Pumpkins.

The Reveal

(via Fark)

Sweet Old Lady Bobcat



Tom Tom is a 20-year-old bobcat taken in by Big Cat Rescue. They don't specify what she was rescued from, but she had some health issues. With care, she is recovering nicely and has settled into her new home just fine. 

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(via Buzzfeed)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Poor Horse

True Facts : The Sand Bubbler Crab



Henry, Emma, and David are sand bubbler crabs. They are tiny, and they eat the even tinier creatures that live between grains of sand in the ocean and on the beach. Ze Frank makes it clear how very weird this lifestyle is in his latest edition of True Facts. 

Calvin Would Be Proud

(via reddit)

Big Cats vs. Boxes



The folks at Big Cat Rescue in Florida are always looking for ways to enrich the cats' experience that will also look good on YouTube. They were recently gifted with large cardboard boxes decorated with autumn motifs. It appears that both aims were fulfilled!

Spiders and Bats



What's scarier than bugs? Bug eaters! Nature is weird. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Culinary Vlogger

My Body’s a Zombie for You



It's a music video, so a little thin on plot, but tres creepy nevertheless. (via Everlasting Blort)

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The 100 Best Horror Movies Of All Time. From Paste magazine.

Las Marthas. Laredo, Texas, celebrates George Washington's Birthday with  a peculiar debutante ball sponsored by the Society of Martha Washington, in which young women dress as a stylized incarnation of the mother of our country.  (via Digg)

That Time Nirvana Got Thrown Out of Their Own Record Release Party.

Sophia, did you take my phone?

The Complicated Fun of Being Into Historical Costume & Not White. (via Metafilter)

Human Roulette and Drag Balls at the Lost “Magic City.”

Meet the Wounded Veteran Who Got a Penis Transplant. (via Real Clear Science)

24 Times Cats Surprised Humans With Their Heroic Acts.


How Hard Is It to Feed a Family of Four These Days? Hard, but not nearly as hard as it’s about to be. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2012): 10 Envy-inducing Video Game Bathrooms.

Bedtime

(via Fark)

8 to Go



Captain Cuddles stars as a cat who is moonlighting as a club DJ, which causes problems in the home. Presented by Fresh Step with performances by  Heather McDonald and Warlock The Cat. (via Laughing Squid)

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This is how a fashion show should be. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Artful Headline

An Honest Trailer for Zombieland



The 2009 film Zombieland was not the first zombie comedy, but it was a shining example of what the sub-genre could be. As such, this Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies is less a takedown than a homage that will make us yearn for a sequel to Zombieland. Oh yeah, right, the sequel Zombieland Double Tap opens this weekend.


Medieval Joke

(via reddit)

Skeleton Mask



Yep, it's about time to pull out all the old skeleton jokes we can find, right? This one is from Pear Shaped Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Warning

(Thanks, WTM!)

What if We Nuke a City?



Kurzgesagt says "What would it be like if we nuked a city?" The citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki say, "Well, let us tell you about it..." Those bombings were devastating, but nuclear weapons have come a long way since 1945. They are much bigger and more powerful, and the damage goes way beyond the city limits. Even in cheery neon-colored graphics, the story is terrifying.


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Cosplay at Quebec Comiccon 2019.  Part two is here.

Everything We Know About the Mass Shooting Video Screened at Trump's Miami Resort. You have to wonder what the Secret Service thinks of this.

The Man Who Was Too Sexy For Hollywood.

The Unreasonable Lengths Restaurant Workers Have to Go to Take Time Off. From my experience, this stuff happens in many other industries besides restaurants.

The Japanese Bakeries Still Selling Fortune Cookies. No, they didn't originate in China, nor in America.

Social Inequality, Marriage Habits, and Other Clues to Bronze Age Life.

How to Tax Our Way Back to Justice. It is absurd that the working class is now paying higher tax rates than the richest people in America. (via Kottke)

The 30 Worst Advertising Slogans And Taglines.

Disposable Ships. It was an idea that didn't last long. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2007): DIY Halloween Decorations.

A Rude Awakening

The Lindy Hop (1941)



Whitey's Lindy Hoppers perform in the 1941 movie Hellzapoppin'. The dancing starts at 2:40, but the whole scene is worth a watch. Warning: may make you tired.

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Turn the sound up! (via Digg)

Monday, October 14, 2019

If All Else fails

Gamarjobat



The Japanese comedy duo Gamarjobat has an act that's incredibly simple and downright dumb, but they do it so well you  can't help but laugh. (via reddit)

Bargain

(via reddit)

A 700-Year-Old Lasagna Recipe



Who doesn't love lasagna? This video is supposed to be about the history of lasagna, but it's pretty slim on that. What we do find out is that the recipe is a lot older than you might imagine, and it's changed a lot. A recipe for lasagna from the 13th century contains no tomatoes (they are a New World food), no meat, and no garlic. That leaves only pasta and cheese (like the first pizzas) and some spices that might surprise you. (via Buzzfeed)

Future Halloween

We only understand the distant past dimly, if at all. What makes us think the far future will be any different? This comic is from the Obscure Gentlemen.

Relationships

Windy Boat Ride vs. Eyelashes



Some things do not mesh well, like strong winds and substantial eyelashes. As far as I can ascertain, this woman took a selfie in Lagos, Nigeria, where flooding is in progress. Meaning, she didn't expect to be evacuated by boat when she left for work that morning. My guess is that she felt the chaos on her face and pulled out her phone to see what was happening. What we know for sure is that she has the sense of humor to post it to social media. What everyone wants to know is what kind of eyelash glue she uses. (via reddit)

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The truth about Columbus Day, explained.

The Cultural History of The Addams Family.

Gambling with the Lucky Dead. Gamblers are more superstitious than the general population because they rely on luck to beat the odds, but the specific superstitions could be gruesome. (via Strange Company)

How Many European Cities Can You Name? If it starts to frustrate you, you can try the US version instead. (via Metafilter)

Donald Trump: xenophobe in public, international mobster in private.

They finally found a solution that worked.

The College Experience. In comic form.

The Feminist History of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."  It was inspired by vaudeville star and suffragist Trixie Friganza. 

A hundred years ago, those suffering from juvenile diabetes only had one treatment for the disease- a starvation diet. The breakthrough in treatment was miraculously sudden. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2008): 11 Variations on the Rubik's Cube.

Stan

(via Fark)

I Got the Music in Me



Kiki Dee, performing in 1974.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Oh No!

A Message from the Grave



Shay Bradley https://rip.ie/death-notice/shay-bradley-kilnamanagh-dublin/400629 passed away at his home in Dublin, Ireland, last week after a long illness. He recorded a message to be played at his funeral service, specifically at the graveside. Although it is quite touching, be aware that it contains NSFW language.



You know what they say... leave 'em laughing. (via reddit


Bounce House

(via reddit)

It's Better than Bad ...It's Good!



This ad appeared in the first episode of Ren and Stimpy. It became a recurring theme, and other versions of log later had their own ads. We were introduced to the Log Lady of Twin Peaks at about the same time, which only reinforced the bizarreness. Now I have an actual section of a log in my living room. It's for the cats. (via reddit)

Cell Phone Functions

It's true. I have a basement full of old electronics that have been made obsolete by cell phones. The thing is, they aren't in the basement because I have a phone. I don't even have a smart phone. They are in the basement because they no longer work. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Particle Physics

Gimme Shelter



Another project from Playing for Change, musicians from all over put a new spinoff the Rolling Stones' song "Gimme Shelter" while retaining the haunting feel of the original.

Smudgy

(via Fark)

Safety Last



The classic sequence from the 1923 Harold Lloyd movie Safety Last. from Wikipedia:
The film's title is a play on the common expression, "safety first", which places safety as the priority to avoid accidents, especially at workplaces. Lloyd performed some of the climbing stunts himself, despite having lost a thumb and forefinger four years earlier in a film accident.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Hypnosis

You might wonder how that works. Maybe they hypnotize you into believing they are bigger. (via Bad Newspaper)

Time of the Apes



Saru no Gundan was a Japanese TV series that imagined a future where apes ruled over humans. It was totally unrelated the Planet of the Apes movies. There were 26 episodes aired in Japan in 1974. In 1987, segments of the series were edited together to produce a TV movie in English called Time of the Apes. It probably got more views in the MST3K version.  

Rodney

(via reddit)

1980: Fifty Songs in Three Minutes



Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell of The Hood Internet are the guys who brought us the awesome mix of songs from 1979. Now they've taken it one year further with 50+ songs from 1980. And they say that 1981 and 1982 are coming later this month! It would be fine with me if they continued that for every year up to the present, if they are all going to be mixed this well. (via Laughing Squid)

Control-Z



If we had an undo button for real life, mine would soon be worn out. This comic is from Matthew Gallman at gallmancartoons.  (via Geeks Are Sexy)

The Happiness of Children

The Animated Guide To Impeachment



Jonathon Coulton sings a Schoolhouse Rock-style song about impeachment, from his streaming series The Good Fight. (via Boing Boing)

Dapper Kitten

I want to hold him and squeeze him and love him ...and the kitten is nice, too. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Knife-Throwing Mother



Things were a bit different in the 50s. Today, this story might include the words “bail bond” and “removed from custody”. (via Arbroath)

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(via Digg)


Friday, October 11, 2019

Appetizing

Who Were the Richest People in History?



Some people have an obscene amount of wealth. But how do you compare rich people in different eras? maybe by comparing them with the other people of that same era, or maybe by adjusting for inflation. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out makes things easier by naming the wealthiest person of each century. And it's still relative. Sure, Genghis Khan was a fabulously wealthy man, but he lived in a tent. Mansa Musa had tons of gold, but no air conditioning. But at least they didn't worry about covering the rent.

First Rule

(via reddit)

Halloween has Changed Since You Were a Kid



Remember when you went trick-or-treating as a kid, and there was always that one house where a grandmotherly type invited us in to pick our own treats from a table full of lovingly crafted homemade candies, cakes, and cookies? That doesn't happen anymore, since kids aren't allowed to go into stranger's homes, or take any treat that isn't store bought and individually wrapped. Besides, the parents are choosing which houses to visit now anyway. Halloween is still fun for kids today, but it's different.

My latest article for Considerable is up, called 10 ways Halloween has changed since you were a kid. Check it out and share it if you like. And don't get me started on bobbing for apples! 

Bat Cat



Oh, come on, Simon, it's just a moth! Your fear is only making things go from bad to worse. This is the Simon's Cat Halloween special for 2019. That doesn't mean there won't be others.

My house is very attractive to bats, and they are protected in my area, so I have developed several methods for getting them outside in one piece. I like the little buggers, since they keep the mosquito population down. That's very important for those of us who live close to water!

Cutebacterium Acnes

Nice to know that something, somewhere, is finding joy in mere existence. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 

De Niro

(via Buzzfeed)

Aaron Paul Recaps Breaking Bad in 2½ Minutes



Aaron Paul stars in the new movie El Camino, debuting today on Netflix. It's a continuation of the TV series Breaking Bad, which ended in 2013. Paul helpfully recaps the entire series to refresh us on the story. (via 22 Words)

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New Pterosaur: Butch's Iron Dragon. (via Boing Boing)

Why Renaissance Paintings Aren’t as Green as They Used to Be.

Only in Russia. Turn the sound on, it's worth it.

Humorous Units of Measurement. Coined as a joke, some of them are in use.

I Am Godzilla, King of Monsters, and I Too Was Contacted By the Trump Administration to Investigate Hunter Biden.

Here's A Necronomicon Of Amazing Facts About Famous Monsters.

For Sale: A Pink Temple to Temperance With a Dubious History of Debauchery.

The Dueling Weathermen of the 1800s. William C. Redfield and James Espy fought to the ends of their lives about the nature of hurricanes. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2013): The Haunted Prison.

Concentration

(via Fark)

Singing Slugs



I don't know where this came from, or why it is, but it is.

Update: It's from Flushed Away, an Aaardman feature animation from 2006. (Thanks, hat_eater!)

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Your Honor, No!

50 People Try to Dice an Onion



If you dice an onion on the regular, this video will make you cringe. At least the first few minutes of it. Do children not watch their parents cook anymore? I learned to dice an onion in three dimensions as a child, although it was slightly more dangerous because we didn't have a cutting board -Mom just held it in her hand and cut. Now I cut an onion almost like the chef at the end, although I never cut horizontally. I make those slices just before I cut the onion in half, so I am always cutting down toward the cutting board. Except for those first few slices, there's always a flat side down, which gives you both safety and efficiency. (via Digg)

Ideas

(via reddit)

Yooperlites



Erik Rintamaki found glowing rocks on the shore of Lake Superior and named the mineral Yooperlite. 

Michigan State, along with the University of Saskatewan, researched the Yooperlites for months. The universities determined that Rintamaki did, indeed, discover a new type of rock. He says other people may have spotted these gems before, but he was the first person to get Yooperlites verified — making him the self-proclaimed "Christopher Columbus of rocks."

Rintamaki said Michigan State gave the rocks a scientific name: syenite clasts containing fluorescent sodalite.

The name he gave them — Yooperlites — comes from the nickname "Yoopers," which refers to people who live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to Mineral News, a newsletter for mineral collectors that reported on Rintamaki's discovery.

(via Neatorama)

Requiescat in Peonies

This was starting to make some kind of sense until it veered back into reality. Then it got funny. You can thank David Malki at Wondermark.

Brake Pads

Sometimes Bruce Wayne, Sometimes Batman. Alltimes Orphan.



Don't you just love it when people on the internet take a joke and expand on it with their own creativity? A couple of months ago, comedy writer Keaton Patti wrote an artificial intelligence version of a Batman story, meaning he wrote it as if it were AI generated. It is bonkers. What was really generated were immediate memes. Drinking anarchy. Drinking bats. A coupon for parents. A tray of goth ham. Justin Davis produced an audio version of the script. Matt Shults did a four-page comic book. You can read the whole comic here. And now Nerd Odyssey gives us the full animated treatment.  (via the A.V. Club)

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27 Uncomfortable Questions About Food, Answered. "Uncomfortable" here means you may be embarrassed that you don't already know, not that the answers are gross.

What a Trump vs. Warren race would look like.

Why Teddy Bears Are Invading Paris.

The Epic History of the Humble Goldfish. (via Damn Interesting)

Wayne Brady raps about the racist history of cartoons while an avalanche of examples are shown. It's too unpleasant to embed, but an important overview of how it once was.

Why America's Abandoned Asylums All Look the Same. It's another example of great intentions that fell victim to underfunding. (via Digg)

The Donald Trump Mysteries - Investigating Corruption! The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Weirdly Untraceable Origin Story of Ants on a Log. (via TYWKIWDBI)

How 10 high-end guitars on their way to Hong Kong wound up in Anchorage classrooms. (via Metafilter

A blast from the past (2007): Gruesome Halloween Party Food.

The Warning

(via Fark)

Mynah



Johnny Carson interviews a mynah bird named Freud in 1972. Stay for the punch line. It's not Carson who delivers it.

Tweet of the Day



I'm not a dad, but this applies to me. I managed to go the whole summer without turning on the air conditioning downstairs. I cannot go all winter without heat, but I'll put it off as long as I can, and my kids are whining. Hey, I let them do as they please upstairs, because both the AC and heat are electric, and they are only home on weekends. Downstairs, turning on the heat means spending an hour in the crawl space lighting the furnace pilot, hanging a heavy curtain over the stairwell opening, then paying exorbitant gas bills the rest of the winter. Put a sweater on! (via Nag on the Lake)

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Nobody Saw That Coming

One Small Step Halftime Show



The Ohio State Marching Band (TBDBITL), known for their elaborate and intricate formations, recreated the moon landing in a 50th anniversary tribute this past weekend. They depict scenes from the space race, the liftoff, the lunar lander, and even Neil Armstrong's famous quote. I, for one, am truly impressed. (via Boing Boing)

Glasses

(via reddit)

The Miracle Mets and Other News




I have a new article up at Considerable, October 1969: 14 things that happened 50 years ago this month. I have no idea why they waited until the 9th to publish it, but there it is. Anything you can do to spread the word will make me look good!

Why Does Brown Sugar Get Lumpy?



What's the difference between granulated sugar and brown sugar, anyway? Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out explains. On the way to finding out why brown sugar gets lumpy while regular everyday sugar doesn't, we learn an awful lot about sugar.



Shortcuts

Remember this, and you might recognize the next time you encounter a story in which the plot was steered by sheer laziness. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.