Friday, December 13, 2019

What If Santa Really Delivered Presents In One Night?



Here we have a mathematical and scientific breakdown of Santa Claus' trip around the world on Christmas Eve. It's a good thing little kids don't know all that much about math and physics. Yeah, it's silly, but interesting. (via Laughing Squid)


Affordable Doctors

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Festive Dogs 1990-2015



Check out photographer Peter Thorpe's homemade Christmas cards over a 25-year span. Those are good dogs. (via Nag on the Lake)

Who’s Interested?

There are certain subjects that appeal to a limited audience. If we are lucky, we know where to find that audience. And if they are friends, they will understand how you feel about that. This comic is from CommitStrip.

Hypothetical Question

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The History of British Cheetah Racing.

Creep Who Sexually Harassed Reporter Is a Youth Minister, Boy Scout Leader, and Very Sorry! With priceless comments.

The Lightsaber Duels in Star Wars. With eight movies down and one to go in the Skywalker saga, Reuters did some serious number crunching to bring us the stats so far. (via Digg)

Cats reacting to a cat filter.

Greta Thunberg Changed Her Twitter Bio After Trump Mocked Her For Being Time's Person Of The Year.

The Red Binder: the most helpful thing you can do for the people who love you.

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa.

Private Wojtek served proudly with the Polish Army during World War II, although he never set foot in Poland his entire life. He was a diligent worker, loading ammunition before and during battles, and retired as a hero. Also, Private Wojtek was a bear.

A blast from the past (2015): 9 Flowcharts to Help You Navigate the Christmas Season.

Superstition

Happy Friday the 13th! (via Fark)

Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus



Santa Claus has a lot to answer for, crossing international borders unannounced and all. What is he smuggling? Jack Bauer tries to get at the bottom of it all.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Schedule Your Interview Now

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Fruitcake



A Christmas song by Fred Schneider & the Superions. Schneider's other job is with the B-52s. (via Boing Boing)


Crab Gangs

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How a Tesla Valve Works



A Tesla valve has no moving parts, yet restricts the flow of gas in one direction, but not the other. Nikola Tesla was granted a patent for it in 1920.  NightHawkInLight demonstrates how the valve works in the most dangerous way he could think of. (via Boing Boing)

3D Printing

Come up with some new technology, and people will find the darnedest uses for it. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Metric System

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Die Hard on Ice



It worked with The Nutcracker, and with various Disney films. So what genius thought of adapting the classic Christmas film Die Hard into an ice show? Take my money! (via Neatorama)

Little Mouse

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Banksy in Birmingham



The caption says,
God bless Birmingham.
In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter - without him ever asking for anything.
I assume that's Birmingham, UK. (via Nag on the Lake)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Cultural Activities

Eastern Kentucky Echo



This Eastern Kentucky version of a personal household assistant is spot-on. This video was produced by The Creek church, which is just up the road a ways from where I live. (via Digg)

Awesome Gingerbread Houses



My new post for Considerable is up! 11 people whose gingerbread houses are works of art. Well, a couple of them aren't really houses, but they are all amazing works of art that you could eat if they weren't so pretty. I mean, they really should have some leftover gingerbread cookies after making them for anyone who is tempted.

Finally

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Nikon Small World in Motion Winners 2019



The Nikon Small World in Motion competition celebrates the art of microvideography, that is, bringing us the world of tiny unseen things as they move along, doing their everyday tiny things. The first place winner, shown above, was recorded by Dr. Philippe P. Laissue of the University of Essex School of Life Sciences. It shows an emerging staghorn coral polyp (Acropora muricata). The coral is green and the magenta stuff is algae. It appears to be a time-lapse video, although that isn't specified. I was also really impressed with the third-place winner, by Tommy Gunn and Jesse Gunn.



It shows the carnivorous stylonychia creating a water vortex with its cilia, presumably to draw in even smaller creatures to eat. See, even microscopic animals have fascinating ways to get what they need. You can see the top five videos and honorable mentions as well.

Shopping

Most of us are in the same boat. Except for those at the top of the income pyramid. This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save.

Free Articles

This one gets me where I live. I firmly believe good journalism is crucial and well worth paying for. On the other hand, I am a link blogger. So many of my regular sources have gone to paywalls that even if I still have a free article for the month, I can't ask readers to go hit a brick wall. And anyway, the bill for all the sources I used to check and link would be several hundred dollars a month. It's too bad that all that advertising can't cover a decent news department. From Married to the Sea.

An Honest Teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker



An "Honest Teaser" means that Screen Junkies couldn't wait for the movie, and decided to go ahead and critique the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. Since they don't have a lot to go on, this is an excuse to throw out all the Star Wars jokes they can think of.

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Mincemeat is Neither Mince Nor Meat. Misinterpreting a British mincemeat pie recipe led to viral disaster.

You've heard of Elf on the Shelf, now New York's Finest want you to meet Pete on the Beat! Follow his adventure at Twitter.

The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo. (via Metafilter)

Will an All-Meat Diet Kill You or Cure You? What is going on in these people’s intestines and arteries?

How A Possum Became One Man’s Holiday Tradition.

The Millennials-Versus-Boomers Fight Divides the Democratic Party. I think I'll side with the youngsters.

Mirriam-Webster's Word of the Year is the singular pronoun "they."

Are you going to a TubaChristmas concert this year?

A blast from the past (2007): Five Famous Felines.

Lights

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Nancy Sinatra for RC Cola



This ad from 1968 shows that Nancy Sinatra's boots were made for walkin', not dancing. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Measles

Normally, I wouldn't bother posting a mere typo, but you have to wonder what they meant to say here. (via Bad Menu)

Under A Rock with Tig Notaro: Lena Headey



Tig Notaro has a video series called Under a Rock, in which she interviews celebrities even though she has no idea who they are. Most of the people that have appeared so far are people whose names I recognize, but I would not recognize them on the street -or in pictures, even. I would have never recognized Lena Headey here, and I just now found out how to pronounce her last name. (via Metafilter)

Jeep

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The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Sweded



These cheap recreations, or "Sweded" movie trailers are getting better all the time. Sure, these folks had no special effects budget, but they have easy access to things like lightsabers and editing software. Everything else is a workaround, made with painted cardboard, and it's really  cute. Here you can see it side-by-side, or actually top-and-bottom, with the original. See if you can tell which is which.



(Thanks, Bryan & Roque!)

Oh, Hey, Moon!

This comic reminds me of that viral idea of exposing your butthole to the sun for health and wellness, which I was pretty sure was a joke, except some people took it seriously. This comic is from Extra Fabulous Comics.

Yoda

Cats vs. Invisible Maze



The Kittisaurus cats have learned a few things about plastic wrap since they first encountered the "invisible wall" in the previous video. Here they are challenged by a maze made from plastic wrap, but what fun is finding your way around when you can defeat those invisible walls so many other ways? (via Digg)

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Hundreds of wacky, obsolete laws still exist. Why don’t more states remove them?

La Tamalada: A Christmas Tamale Tradition. Recipe included.

How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier

Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages, because that's how America deals with asylum-seekers like Christ.

Do you mind!? This bird is no birdbrain.

The Difference Between Snakes and Lizards Without Legs. As if you were going to stick around either of them long enough to observe those differences.

You Better Watch Out! Vintage Scary Santa Snapshots. (via Digg)

My Grading Scale for the Fall Semester, Composed Entirely of Samuel Beckett Quotes. (via Nag on the Lake)

Very rare footage of a tree being assembled.

A blast from the past (2012): Messing with Mother Nature: Snakeheads.

Suspicious Behavior

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All I Want For Christmas is the Beautiful People



Bill McClintock's latest mashup is a Christmas ditty. It combines Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with "Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson. (via reddit

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Monday, December 09, 2019

Chicken

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.



Just what it says on the tin. The greatest movie quotes are those that people know and use over and over. You can see from this supercut that Inigo Montoya's prepared speech from The Princess Bride can be used for many different situations. While not all the quotes are exact, we know who inspired them.  (via Laughing Squid)

Quiz

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Cozy



Aliens are so cute when they try to act human! Here they are, discovering the pleasures of cocooning on a cold winter night with some heat containment fabric and a predictable narrative to observe. Or a blanket and a Hallmark movie. This comic is from Nathan Pyle' s Strange Planet.

It's an Older Meme, But It Checks Out

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How Does Chemotherapy Work?

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Chemotherapy is scary and debilitating, but that's nothing compared to cancer. Chemotherapy harnesses dangerous poisons to kill cancer cells, which also harms healthy tissue. However, modern medicine is making great strides in targeting cancer cells exclusively. But there did that idea come from? Strangely, it began with a World War I chemical weapon. Learn about chemotherapy in the TED-Ed lesson. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Artist Maurizio Cattelan duct-taped a banana to a wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and sold the artwork for $120,000. But that's just the beginning of the story. Next, performance artist David Datuna came along and ate the banana! (via Metafilter)

Can You Read a Cat's Face? Take an online test to find out.

Medieval Book Curses. (via Strange Company)

Revisiting a Censored Film Noir that Tackled PTSD Decades before it was Acknowledged. John Huston produced Let Their Be Light, an unscripted 1946 army documentary that is an obscure masterpiece.

The Rise and Fall of Facts. The use of fact-checkers, in specific. (via Digg)

Here, in the middle of this Olive Garden. This could be a writer's prompt to expand hilarious one-liners to ridiculous stories, but you don't even need the whole story to get a laugh.

Just a normal day in Russia. Turn the sound on for a treat.

The Best-Selling Single of Every Decade. This does not go the way you expect.

Who Invented the Emoticon and Emoji? (And How They’re Forever Changing Written Language)

A blast from the past (2007): Six Famous Walls.

The Drive

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The Worst Noël



Henri the Existential Cat is having a Christmas filled with ennui, introspection, and despondence. Are you surprised? (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Get Well Soon

An Antidote to Dissatisfaction



Your parents or grandparents tried to tell you how to be happy, but those proverbial nuggets of wisdom sounded much too simple to you, so you didn't listen. But science stepped in to observe and measure the effects of certain behaviors on the sense of well-being or happiness they inspire. Kurzgesagt brings us some of those scientific studies, and the results show that ancient wisdom, no matter how trite it sounded to you, had it right. Count your blessings. Stop focusing on yourself and look to help someone else. Look at the bright side. Science says so.


Museum

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Electric Eel Brightens Christmas



Every time an eel farts, a Christmas tree grows brighter. Well, not exactly. The sound is generated from the setup at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Any time the aquarium's star electric eel Miguel Wattson produces an electric current, the nearby Christmas tree gets a boost that brightens the Christmas lights. The aquarium named the project "Shocking Around the Christmas Tree."

“Whenever Miguel discharges electricity, sensors in the water deliver the charge to a set of speakers,” explains Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium’s audio visual production specialist. Turnipseed is responsible for tackling the unique engineering challenge of translating Miguel’s electric pulses into a glimmering yuletide display. “The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights.”
You can almost imagine the discussion on this. Can't we convert the sound into bells instead of fart noises? Sure, but the kids will like the fart sounds better. Okay, then. (via UPI)

Kiss the Frog



Next time you kiss a frog, it might save you some time to check and see if he's already spoken for. This story is brought to you by Cooper Lit Comics, where there are several other comics about princesses kissing frogs. (via reddit)

Gift Wrapping

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NATO Cafeteria



The NATO conference last week was notable mostly for the gossip, eavesdropping, and hurt feelings. This kind of thing goes on in our everyday lives, although we don't normally expect it from world leaders. It reminded the writers at Saturday Night Live of high school, so it was a short leap to put the NATO leaders in a school cafeteria, with all that implies.

The Anti-Cat Tree

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How to Have a British Christmas



British Christmas celebrations aren’t that different from American customs. We Yanks just made everything simpler. I never knew that the British Christmas pudding was that close to an American fruitcake. We just leave out the awful parts, like boiling it and burning it. And last year, my SIL brought crackers to the family gathering. POP, confetti, funny hats -it was almost like New Years Eve. (via Neatorama)

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Yeah, I'll Just Eat at Home

Traditional Holiday Music by the Log Cabin Fire



Jon Townsend built himself a cabin complete with a fireplace big enough to cook in. He trained the camera on the fire for 40 minutes and played traditional Christmas music from the album A Winter's Day by Jim's Red Pants. You might want to bookmark this video to play while you put up Christmas decorations, visit with company, or open Christmas gifts.

Hero

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Diagnosis



Don't let the internet give you a medical diagnosis! It's surely a death sentence. A doctor would tell you to drink some bicarb and get a good night's sleep. And then the doc would charge you $150. This story is from System32Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tree

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Santa and the Kittehs

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I'm Against It



Groucho sings in the 1932 movie Horse Feathers.

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Friday, December 06, 2019

Dirty Ducks

Geographic Treasure

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Pachelbel on Train Horns



Pavel Jirásek has way too much time on his hands, and for that, I am thankful. This video gets really amazing around the two minute mark. It was edited from original footage by ACETrainsUK. (via Metafilter)

The Mirror of Fear



Click to the right to advance the comic. A couple has an incident of reckoning, but will they work it out to their mutual satisfaction? I kind of doubt it. They probably thrive on drama. This story is from Amanda Panda Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Monster

Hair Love



A little girl wakes up on a special day and wants her hair to look perfect. But she's just a kid, and her father knows nothing about hair styling (obviously someone else did his). You might think this is about black hair and about a father overcoming his incompetence, but it's much more than that. Hair Love was directed by Matthew A. Cherry, producer of BlacKkKlansman, Everett Downing Jr., animator in Up, and Bruce W. Smith, animator in The Princess and the Frog. (via Metafilter

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How Dan the Zebra Stopped an Ill-Fated Government Breeding Program in Its Tracks.

Researching the History of the Time Capsule. (via Damn Interesting)

He was a very good boy.

The Traitors Among Us. Donald Trump likes to call his opponents traitors — but if he’s looking for treasonous behavior, he should look within his own party.

He Expanded an Old Social Science Model and Added Hilarious Captions. It now tells a story with an unexpected twist.

The Case of the Felonious Bread. John Scalzi's friend baked bread using 4,500-year-old yeast, and the police intercepted its delivery.

From Reagan to Trump: Here's how stocks performed under each president.

The Real Reason People Won’t Date Across the Political Divide. ‘The people who say ‘it’s just politics’ are the people for whom bigotry poses no real risk to their jobs, relationships and lives.’

How Whopping Whale Skeletons Come to Life at ‘Bonehenge.’

A blast from the past (2009): Where Candy Canes Come From.

For Shame!

The First Singing Computer



"Daisy Bell" was composed by Harry Dacre in 1892. In 1961, the IBM 7094 became the first computer to sing, singing the song Daisy Bell. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews. This performance was the inspiration for a similar scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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Thursday, December 05, 2019

You Don't Say

Hors Piste



A mountain rescue team finds a skier who needs help. But this is the day that everything will go wrong. More so than you ever imagined, but you'll still laugh. The award-winning French short Hors Piste was directed by Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, and Oscar Malet, students at the Ecole des Nouvelles Images.

Family Drama

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A Nostalgia Break



I found this old video from 2008, my first year in the little yellow house. It's a poor attempt at a time-lapse video of putting up the porch lights. My, how things have changed. Since then I have switched to all-LED lights for the porch, picked up tons of them at after-Christmas sales, and built a reputation as the crazy lady with the lights. Since you can string way more lights on one outlet, I am flirting with a citation for light pollution. Oh yeah, and now it's the big yellow house.





Now, if I had only remembered to turn the wreath lights on before snapping that picture...

Baking



Where's the fast food when you need it? It's not that difficult to make a masterpiece, but it may get tiring, and if you're not an experienced baker, it can get frustrating. I don't personally relate to this one, but I can see the humor in it. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

The December Calendar



I've been filling up my December calendar old lady-style, with parties, church events, and arrivals and departures, as well as a couple of dentist appointments. Matt Shirley did it from a guy's point of view, which is altogether different -but refreshingly honest.


In Loving Memory of the Most Amazing Cat On the Planet



Lil Bub was a polydactyl dwarf cat with multiple genetic anomalies born in 2011 to a feral mother. She became an internet star due to her unique look and her easygoing disposition. Through live and television appearances and even a genetic study, her human, Mike Bridavsky, fiercely protected Lil Bub from threats to her health and well-being. After suffering from a persistent bone infection, Lil Bub passed away last weekend. She'll be waiting for Bridavsky at the rainbow bridge.

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HipDict is a crowdsourced dictionary that anyone can submit to. Your suggestion will have to go through some sort of review, but if it's clever, profound, or at least funny, it will eventually show up as an entry at Instagram.

The Underrated Haute Couture of Jacobean Needlework. And don't miss the gloves.

Trump Administration Moves to End Food Stamps for 700,000. Merry Christmas.

New Cross-Country Cannonball Run Record Set. In 27 hours and 25 minutes, they covered 2825 miles. (via Jalopnik)

British People Attempt To Guess The Cost Of American Health Care, Are Shocked When They Hear The Answers.

The Art of Dignity: Making Beauty Amid the Ugliness of WWII Japanese American Camps.

How Adam Driver’s angst and brooding intensity made the world fall in love with a Star Wars supervillain.

An open letter to all of you privately disgusted Republicans.

A blast from the past (2009): Bizarre But Clever Christmas Decorations.

Life is Good

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The Romanovs



Nicholas II, the last czar of Russia, and his family. Filmed in 1916.

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Arson

Do You Like My Decorations?



We all know at least one annoying person who acts like that. Beware, because they may have an agenda. (via Nag on the Lake)

Deer

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Dear Baby Yoda: A Love Song



The adorable Baby Yoda has taken over the internet, and his/her fandom is not limited to Disney+ subscribers. I haven't seen The Mandolorian, and I feel like I know Baby Yoda as well as anyone. Ice2Ice adapted the Lin-Manuel Miranda song "Dear Theodosia" from Hamilton and made it a lullaby/love song about Baby Yoda. It's clever and they perform it well, but best of all, we get clips of the baby in the video. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Hurry

One of the things that's necessary to become proficient in living both on the net and in the real world is the ability to distinguish who would be an appropriate person to share things with. Yes, you can experiment to see who would like it, but meanwhile, don't interrupt while they are washing the dishes you should have been helping with. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Advice

Arizona Llama Drama



Remember back in 2015, two llamas escaped and ran through Sun City, Arizona? Whether do recall it or not, you'll enjoy watching the chase from a helicopter's point of view with appropriate music. (via a comment at Boing Boing)

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Annoying Unwritten Rules Everybody Seems To Follow.

November 1969: The Scientology Murders. (via Strange Company)

The Story of the Game Operation. (via Boing Boing)

The Rise of Vomit Art. You'll know it when you see it. (via Metafilter)

The Most Common Surname in Every Country. Enlarge the map greatly here. (via Digg)

Inside the Abandoned Babylon That Saddam Hussein Built.

Can Wholesome Edits of Boomer Comics End the Generation War?

Jesus and Kitsch: The Rise of the American Megachurch.

The Most And Least Tax-Friendly States In The US, Visualized.

A blast from the past (2012): 10 of Life's Questions Answered with Flowcharts.