Sunday, August 18, 2019

Darts



That never made any sense here on earth, either. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Catwoman

Doppelgänger Athletes



This seems like a hoax, but apparently not. The two minor league pitchers look very much alike, and they have the same name: Brady Feigl. What are the odds? Oh yeah, they are also both talented baseball players. (via reddit)

Let's Play a Game

(via Fark)

Colonel Sanders on What's My Line



It's hard for me to imagine a time when everyone didn't know who Harland Sanders was. Oh well, I met a young man who did not, because he is from a foreign country and doesn't eat fried food. So I took him to the Sanders Museum. (via Cynical-C)

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Massive Oak

Squirrel Obstacle Course Grand Prix



Steve Barley is nuts about squirrels. He's been building obstacle courses for the squirrels in his backyard for years.
Back in 2010 my son and I made the first obstacle course from old bric-a-brac and a washing line for the black squirrels in our back garden to crack. Nearly ten years on, my back garden challenges for our furry friends have become bigger and more elaborate or, as my wife puts it - 'Really, this is getting out of hand!'
You'll find plenty more squirrels trying to outwit Barley's devilish contraptions at his YouTube channel.  (via Metafilter)


Earth's Rotation Visualized in a Timelapse of the Milky Way Galaxy



We've seen plenty of time-lapse videos of stars moving across the sky. Aryeh Nirenberg took a different route and stabilized the stars, therefore showing how the earth moves relative to the sky. Images were recorded at 12-second intervals over a period of three hours. (via Boing Boing)

Deerdevil

Comic book writers are looking for ideas for new superheroes all the time, and it's pretty common to use an animal for the concept, like Ant Man, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Daerdevil seems a bit strange, though, doesn't it?  This comic is from Mike Barron at Malcontent Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

DoorDash

What the US Gets Wrong About the Minimum Wage



What the minimum wage means is "We would pay you less if it weren't illegal." In America, the buying power of the minimum wage has not been keeping up with inflation, so workers are getting poorer all the time.

Fully Charged

(Thanks, WTM!)

Rocket Man by The Spotniks



From Wikipedia:
The Spotnicks are an instrumental rock group from Sweden, who were formed in 1961. They were famous for wearing "space suit" costumes on stage, and for their innovative electronic guitar sound. They have since released 42 albums, selling more than 18 million records, and still tour.
(via Cynical-C)

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Bankruptcy Lawyers Are Expensive

Cat Jumps, Ruins Everything



You can almost see the gears in this cat's head doing the calculations necessary to jump to wherever he's going. Nowhere in there is any thought of what could go wrong, and certainly no idea of what eventually did go wrong. (via Digg)

Pelican

(via reddit)

Why Do Pages of Books and Newspapers Turn Yellow Over Time?



You can tell whether a book or a newspaper is new from its color, as they all tend to turn a bit yellow over time. The reason why this happens involves both history and the chemistry of paper. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out is happy to tell us all about it.


I Am

Stephen King’s Cats



The YouTuber who goes by the name Id Watch That reimagined the new movie Cats as a horror film. This trailer mashup incorporates footage from Pet Sematary, Bird Box, and A Quiet Place to make the theme perfectly clear. King himself appears to like it.



(via Uproxx


Bunny Beer

(via Fark)

The Bertha Butt Boogie



"The Bertha Butt Boogie" was a 1975 novelty song from The Jimmy Castor Bunch about a large woman who danced. It was a Top 40 hit, but even back then it was problematic. The BBC decided the best way to illustrate it would be to use very skinny dancers. (via Bits and Pieces)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Firefighters

Stairway to Heaven on 6 Balalaikas



This is the N.P. Osipov National Academic Folk Instruments Orchestra of Russia, performing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." As sick as I had become of the song in the past few decades, this is nice. (via Laughing Squid)

It's a Living

(via reddit)

Why the American Dream is a Myth



In just a couple of minutes, Adam Conover from Adam Ruins Everything, manages to ruin  everything. There's a lot more to the story, but why be depressing for more than a couple of minutes at a time?

Grandpa

(via Buzzfeed)

Life in the Kowloon Walled City



Hong Kong's erstwhile slum called the Kowloon Walled City was the most densely-populated place on earth ...when it existed. That caused a lot of problems, but people who couldn't afford a better living space called it home. RealLifeLore takes a closer look at how that density made it a nightmare. (via Digg)

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Star Wars Barbies are Coming.

Boris Bop. NSFW lyrics; it might have been edited by Swede Mason.

Planned Parenthood could leave the Title X program as soon as next week. The group says it will leave rather than follow the Trump administration’s “domestic gag rule.”

Human-sized Penguin Lived in New Zealand. (via reddit)

As a high schooler and new mom, Jane Rubel didn’t consider herself a feminist. She just knew that if husbands and fathers were eligible to play high school basketball, she should have been, too. (via Metafilter)

Help Wanted: Sneak into America and Work for Trump!

Liscence Plate Prank Backfired on Hacker. Instead of hiding from the law, he got everyone's tickets.

What the Heck Is Crab Rangoon Anyway? To me, it was dinner last night.

A blast from the past (2008): 6 Restless Corpses: Heads of State Edition.

Pet Bed

(via Fark)

Cat on a Trampoline



This is a rerun from back when I didn't feel the need to comment on every video. This doesn't really need commentary, anyway.

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The Daily Dot has the story behind the marriage of these two memes.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Does We?

Wild Cats vs. Toilet Paper



Chris Poole goes to Big Cat Rescue to show us that big cats are just like house cats in that they are fascinated with a roll of toilet paper. Two of my four cats are also excited to watch a toilet flush, but trying that at a wild cat shelter would be a lot of trouble.

Cat and Keys

(via reddit)

Advanced Japanese Lesson #15: The Conversation



Dogen lives in Japan, and sticks out like a sore thumb. He has a series of comedic instructional videos on Japanese culture. (via a comment at reddit)




Salmon Cannon

The video posted the other day reminded us of the salmon cannon. You have to imagine what could possibly go wrong. So many things, but Josh Hara (@Yoyoha) came up with a not-so-obvious one. (via reddit)

Ice

(Thanks, WTM!)

Boom Bang



The latest music video from Eclectic Method (Jonny Wilson) features a child singing over film footage from war movies. He does the sound effects, too! (via Laughing Squid)

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How Scorned Women and a Casanova Cop Caught L.A.’s ‘Dine-and-Dash Dater.’ (via Metafilter)

Amnesty International is telling people it's dangerous to go to the USA. Is that how we're making America great again? 

How to Survive a Plunge Down a Waterfall. (via Nag on the Lake)

We Tried to Do Vanlife Right. It Broke Us Down.

How American Immigrants Turn Anti-Immigration.

Alienstock Festival Capitalizes on Area 51 Meme.  (via Digg)

This bathroom is so upsetting.

A Century Later: The Treaty Of Versailles And Its Rejection Of Racial Equality. (via Damn Interesting)

El Paso man with no remaining family invites community to shooting victim wife's funeral. They will be there; they've already come to his support. (via reddit)

A blast from the past (2012): Green Beans are Good for Your Heart.

Wake Up

(via Fark)

An Honest Trailer for Masters of the Universe



The TV cartoon and its action figures became a live-action movie in 1987, starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. It was bonkers. You might have forgotten how weird it was, but Screen Junkies is here to remind you with an Honest Trailer. 


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Balloon Mayhem



Norwegian performance artist Jan Hakon Erichsen hates balloons. Here he spends two minutes showing you the many  ways he can destroy balloons. Some are straightforward, some are overcomplicated, but altogether they are satisfyingly destructive. (via Laughing Squid)

Cows

(via Bad Menu)

Rice

(via Bad Menu)

The Dentist

Sometimes it takes a long time to learn a lesson. I'd like to think that the dentist considered this scary sequence enough revenge, and didn't actually kill the patient or do any permanent damage to him. This comic is from Edd Lai. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Another Cat

(via Fark)

Talking Seal



With subtitles. (via reddit)

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Critically Acclaimed Horror Film of the 2010s or Your Ph.D. Program?

Flaming Puck Unicycle Hockey and Other Obscure Sports. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/18-obscure-sports-worth-rooting-for

That Time a Joke Caused a 2 Mile Traffic Jam in England.

Police Keep Arresting Young White Men For Trying to Copycat El Paso. In the past week, police across the country have investigated or arrested at least six men, most of whom are young and white, for making terroristic threats, stockpiling weapons, or plotting attacks.

Aw, check out this cute puppy.

The Worst Sales Promotion in History. It cost the company millions and they were ultimately sold off. (via Digg)

Sneaky Jokes You Never Caught In Movies And Shows. 

A Man's Dentures Got Stuck in His Throat During Surgery, Leaving Him Bleeding for Weeks. Yes, there's an x-ray.

Former Collection Agency Executives Start Charity To Buy And Forgive Medical Debt. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2008): 8 Very Different Weddings to Remember.

See a Dentist

(via Fark)

Mister Rogers and David Letterman



Fred Rogers appeared on Late Night with David Letterman in 1982. After an introductory blooper in which he unsuccessfully tried to pitch a tent, Rogers talked about his childhood, his early days TV, and Eddie Murphy's skit Mister Robinson's Neighborhood.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Monday, August 12, 2019

Priorities

The Two Generals Problem



Tom Scott tells a story of ordering a meal from a delivery service and seamlessly connects it to a riddle that illustrates a computer loop problem. You don't have to know a thing about computer logic or programming to understand exactly what happened. That's the magic of a competent storyteller. The actual video is only six minutes long, the rest is an ad. (via reddit)

Poetry

(via reddit)

Strength, Agility, and Skill



Simone Biles won the all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship Sunday, her sixth. In the floor exercise, she performed a triple-double: two flips and three twists in one jump, the first ever perfected in competition. The day before, she dismounted from the beam with a double-double, the first gymnast ever to do so. (via Deadspin)

Cat Lessons



They've learned their lessons well. This comic is from Elizabeth Pich and Jonathan Kunz at War and Peas. (Thanks, WTM!)

Air Conditioning

The World War of the Ants



Army ants are serious warriors. They prioritize unity with the colony over individual survival, which makes them a formidable force. They march in formation, killing and consuming almost everything in their path. Army ants attack other ant colonies, and they take no prisoners. Other species have developed ways to deal with army ants, otherwise they'd be long gone now. These ants don't look as awful as they act in the day-glo colors of Kurzgesagt.

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What Basic Life Skill Have You Never Mastered?

One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins.

A man who was arrested after he allegedly fractured the skull of a 13-year-old boy for keeping his hat on during the national anthem didn’t realize it was a crime because he was acting on President Donald Trump’s orders, his defense lawyer has argued.

Vodka Produced from Crops in Chernobyl. Would you try it?

DNA Reveals Identity of New England Vampire. (via Strange Company)

Whatever happened to Villanova basketball star Shelly Pennefather? 'So I made this deal with God.'  (via Metafilter)

Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils? It wasn't on purpose.

The Government Taste Testers Who Reshaped America’s Diet.

Dear Disgruntled White Plantation Visitors, Sit Down. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2012): Curiosity and Its Big Brothers.

The Stalker

(via Fark)

Salmon Cannon Meets Super Mario



Whoosh Innovations introduced their salmon cannon in 2014. It was not only a good idea for getting salmon over manmade barriers to get to their spawning grounds, it was a treat to watch. Now Tuft e. Cake has improved the audio of the company's promotional video with sounds from Super Mario 64. (via Digg)

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Apple Pie

(via Bad Menu)

Migraine

(via reddit)

Movie Villains

It's called plot armor. The protagonist cannot be destroyed, at least until the story is complete. But this scene makes you wonder which of his other victims might have made a good protagonist if they hadn't had their necks snapped easily. This comic is from SrGrafo. (via reddit)

Why So Many Suburbs Look the Same



Government regulations had a lot to do with the design of the neighborhoods we live in today. The judgements of the Federal Housing Administration decades ago shape the way we live now, particularly how dependent we are on automobiles. Why bother with mass transit when everyone already had to have a car just to move to that suburb in the first place? (via Digg)

Hot

(via Fark)

A Labyrinth for Hosico



Hosico is an attractive cat who lives in Russia. The humans in his family built him a cardboard maze, which naturally piques his curiosity. Hosico found his way out, but while that may be the human goal, for a cat it's all about exploring every nook and cranny along the way. You can see more of Hosico in his Instagram gallery. (via Boing Boing)

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Depression Screening

Appalachian Flatfooting



“This is really fun,” said the tap dancer and choreographer @calebteicher. “I do just feel the pleasure of dancing — and dancing that’s momentum-based. It’s where your movement sprouts from momentum that either comes from intention or from something you feel in the music.” And there’s plenty to feel in the score, created by @chrisceliz, a beatboxer who performs with Caleb’s company in “Bzzz” on Friday at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. In this section, 7 dancers explore Appalachian flatfooting, a percussive form that follows the pattern step, scuff, drag, brush, step. When they all join in unison, the stage turns into an explosion of sound and spirit. For Caleb, it has to do with movement being initiated from the center of the body. “It’s our greatest place of weight," he told the #nytimes writer @giadk. “So in this piece it’s coming from a nice bouncy engine in my body. It just kind of flies out from there.”
If you were to ask me, I'd say this was clogging, as flatfooting is more subtle, and the foot barely leaves the ground. But whatever you call it, it's a nice joyful dance sequence. And that's what's important. (via Nag on the Lake)

Serenade

(via reddit)

Death Bed



Click to the right to advance the comic. It would be funny if it weren't so sad. This story is from Michael at Light Roast Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Apple

Coffee

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Friday, August 09, 2019

Walk-In Freezer

One of the perks in working in a kitchen that I have enjoyed lately. (via Bad Menu)

Whose Migrant Mother Was This?



The Dorothea Lange photograph known as Migrant Mother brought the plight of Depression-era farm workers to the public. The photo of Florence Owens Thompson and her children was taken in 1936 in Nipomo, California. Lange wrote the story how the picture came about, but Thompson later contradicted that account. Thompson's real life story is quite interesting. She regretted her face becoming the image of poverty in America, but her children have come to grips with its influence. (via Boing Boing)

Medical Advice

(via reddit)

An Easy Choice

I would always use the oven, until my oven died. Now I use a toaster oven or a roasting pan instead. Sure, I have a microwave, too, but that's for making tea. This comic is from Becks at Becks Comics.  (via reddit)

Crystal Methodist

Magnetic Balls vs. Monster Magnets



Magnetic balls are kind of pricy and dangerous, but on video, you can enjoy them at someone else's expense. YouTuber Magnetic Games has lots of magnets: large, powerful magnets and thousands of magnetic balls. Watch him demonstrate their attraction to each other in slow motion.
I assure you that the impact between the Monolith and 2592 magnetic balls scared me. The collision of magnets was violent and the balls were splashed all over the room. I wore protective glasses at every impact, and it served.
The interaction between the magnets is fascinating and satisfying, but eventually you have to feel for the task ahead of sorting all those balls back into their colors. There are links to product pages for the larger magnets with specifications at the YouTube page. https://youtu.be/SX28WBsi5rE  (via Laughing Squid)

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What Supercentenarians Have in Common. (via Metafilter)

My In-Laws Are Careless About My Deadly Food Allergy! It's really more than careless; they are trying to kill her. (via Metafilter)

Every Bug in Your House, Ranked by How Worried You Should Be About Them.

A Reformed White Nationalist Says the Worst Is Yet to Come.

How Volcanoes Blow Smoke Rings. (via Damn Interesting)

On the Great Infertility Scare of the 1980s. Turns Out It Was *Actually* a Fear of Empowered Women (via Digg)

What Does It Feel Like to Die? (via Real Clear Science)

The Lightsabers of Star Wars, Ranked.

Hollywood Squares. It was all an excuse to tell dirty jokes. (via Everlasting Blort)

A blast from the past (2008): Toilet Paper Dispensers.

Royal Box

(via Fark)

The American Woodcock



The American Woodcock is quite an entertaining bird. They can dance, too!



If you prefer slightly more modern music, check out this number at reddit.



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(via Nag on the Lake)


Thursday, August 08, 2019

Or Best Offer

Beautiful Chaos



Watching people ride a roller coaster can be a thrill without the willies, but Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films goes a step further in this short collage of thrill rides that goes completely off the rails, so to speak. (via Everlasting Blort)


The Adult World

(via reddit)

When Giant Deer Roamed Eurasia



Today, the moose is the largest animal in the deer family. But that wasn't always so. This is the story of Megaloceros, often called the Irish elk (although they lived throughout Europe and Asia). Just the antlers of this enormous deer could be 12 feet wide! But those amazing antlers may have contributed to Megaloceros' extinction.



An Engineer

Since I physically live in a small town founded by railroad work, and spend my time on the internet, this misunderstanding happens rather often. This comic is from The Crowbar Comics. (via reddit)

Cat Chat

(Thanks, Duke!)