Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Combo Business

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Outtakes

Even when things went wrong on set, Fred Rogers was always good-natured about it. As we've learned over the years, he was exactly the same off-camera and on-camera. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Band Director

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How Culture Happens

Now we have to wonder about everything we know. I looked up the quote, and it's true. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Area 51

(Thanks, WTM!)

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The Literary Tattoos of the New York Public Library Staff. (via Metafilter)

The Mystery Skeletons of Oyster Paddy's Tavern. (via Strange Company)

As Deficit Explodes, GOP Demands Emergency Tax Cut for the Rich. (via TYWKIWDBI)

New York’s Real-Life Handmaid’s Tale. That is, the rise and fall of the Oneida commune.

Letters of the Damned: Exorcising the Curse of the Petrified Forest. Sending back an artifact you stole isn't going to make it right.

The Surprisingly Badass Life of Adolphe Sax.

Dear Gentlemen, Your 60-year-old Wedding Pics are Ready. The store manager wouldn't return them in 1957 because they were "inappropriate." (via Metafilter)

Here’s What Drive-In Theaters Looked Like In Their Glory Days.

Rich People Now Just Signing Over Custody of Their Kids to Score Financial Aid, Apparently.

A blast from the past (2008): 10 Famous (or Notorious) Ducks.

Lookit Me!

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The Texas Wheelers

The 1974 family sitcom The Texas Wheelers starred jack Elam and a couple of unknown young actors. It only lasted for eight episodes, which explains why I have no memory at all of this show (that, and the fact that I was in high school, so I was never home). The theme song is one of John Prine's greatest songs, "Illegal Smile."

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Flats

The Real Story Of The Bizarre Nicolas Cage Cameo in Never on Tuesday

A bizarre clip of Nicolas Cage in the 1989 movie Never on Tuesday has gone viral thirty years after the fact. The movie, produced by Cassian Elwes, was a teen sex comedy that was not a hit and was never released on home video. But it was notable for having some big names in it, mostly as cameos. Nic Cage had already made a splash in movies like Raising Arizona and Moonstruck at the time, and Elwes was overwhelmed that he agreed to appear. Gothamist scored an interview with Elwes about the strange one-minute performance, in which Cage wears a fake nose, speaks in a falsetto voice, and comes across as reminiscent of Crispin Glover.
How did Nicolas Cage become involved? As I said, we made it very low-budget: under a million dollars. I made a movie called Oxford Blues a few years earlier with Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy. I was hoping to get Rob Lowe to do that cameo in Never on Tuesday. At the last second, he couldn’t do it. We were scrambling—literally had like 48 hours to come up with a star. A friend of a friend said, “What about asking Nic Cage?” I was like, “Ask him!” Then he called me back and said, “Yeah, he’ll do it, but he wants to wear this nose in the movie.” I was like, “Tell him to come, bring the nose, no problem.” I didn’t know him at all.

Were you a fan? Yeah, a big fan. Nic was a huge star at that point. I can’t remember if Moonstruck was before that one? [Note: It was.] It was preceding Leaving Las Vegas, but he was already a huge young male star. So for him to come do this cameo in our film… Short of wearing a bag over his head, I was totally cool with whatever he wanted to do.

They just said, "Could he wear a fake nose?" I was like, “Sure!” I didn't know what it was gonna look like.
There's lots more to the story, which you can read at Gothamist.  (via Metafilter)


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The Tom and Jerry Concerto

The pianist, Yannie Tan, is not wearing cat ears and tail because she's a 16-year-old girl (which she is). She is wearing them as she recreates Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Franz Liszt as performed in the memorable Tom and Jerry cartoon The Cat Concerto.  (via Nag on the Lake)


The essential manifestation of love is to give someone what they need and want. Sometimes you have an overabundance of love to share. The cat knows how to take advantage when that happens. This comic is from Chris at Lunarbaboon.


Movies That Theaters Refused To Show

Why would a theater decide not to show a particular movie- especially one that was guaranteed to be a hit? You might think that it's because a theater owner's religious sensibilities came into play, and that does happen. But there are other, more concrete reasons not to screen a film, ranging from legal obligations to fear, as you'll see in this video from Looper. (via Digg)

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The Privy Spider. While a venomous spider bite is bad, the treatment made it even worse. (via Strange Company)

Introducing Lamoishe and Hezbollah Schoenfeld. In which a grandfather goes ballistic about his great-granddaughters' last name. (via Metafilter)

What You Need to Know About the Manson Family Murders.

Bedridden for 11 Years, He Invented a Surgery and Cured Himself. (via reddit)

Cat wrecks video game stream by barfing so hard it breaks a computer. Warning: gross.

Fear, confusion, despair: the everyday cruelty of a border immigration court.

The Making of Colonel Sanders.

9 Bite-Sized Facts About Shark Week.

The Quest To Make The World's Most Perfect Brownies. (Thanks, WTM!)

A blast from the past (2009): Put Yourself in July of 1969. I got flack from readers over this because I didn't include things that happened in 1969 after July.

The Pleased Supervillain

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Tweet of the Day

A flamingo chick is practicing standing on one leg, as flamingos do. (via Mashable

Monday, July 29, 2019

I Have Questions

When Hamill and Harrison Met

This is a screen test from1976 with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. According to Hamill, it was the first time two had met, and they hadn't seen a full script for Star Wars yet. Their chemistry was fine, but Hamill was portraying a shy young man who was out of his depth. He apparently got coached in speaking up after this reading, since his lines were completely drowned out by Ford, who already completely embodied the character that Han Solo would be. (via Uproxx)

Back to School Supplies

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Tiny Bombs in Your Blood

"Tiny bombs in your blood" may sound like a description of a deadly disease, but it's perfectly normal. This is about your immune system, or more specifically, the "complement system," a complex network of proteins that interact in amazing ways to protect us from infection. The teamwork displayed by these proteins is nothing short of astounding, and it all happens on a scale that even microscopes struggle to see.

Star Wars Made By 9 Famous Directors

There's something in each Star Wars tale that would fit just fine into the catalog of directors you know and love. Or almost. The scene for M. Night Shyamalan could have been learning how the characters were related to each other, but it's funnier the way it's portrayed here. This comic is from Mart Virkus at Arcade Rage. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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An Extraordinary Road Trip

John Burroughs, Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison went on several road trips together in the early 20th century. While they were friends, the trips were not "just" friends going on an outing. Vox takes a look at the "Vagabonds" on the road. The story is 6:45, the rest is comments from previous videos and other chatter. 

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Why We’re Moving Forward With Impeachment.

The Mystery of the In-N-Out Burger in Queens.

Top CBP Officer Testifies He’s Unsure if 3-Year-Old Is “a Criminal or a National Security Threat.” "During a lightning round of opening questions from Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, the CBP official confessed what many had long suspected but that the administration has repeatedly denied against all evidence: The Trump administration intended for family separation to be permanent."

Is this a dog wearing a gas mask or an albino baby elephant?

These people are living the plot of a thoroughly modern romance movie, but it's real.

The problem with being a chonk.

When The Racist Is Someone You Know and Love… 

Mad Max: The Mythic Hero of the Wasteland. (via Strange Company)

An Ultramarathon Through Hell. The Hell Ultra is a grueling 298-mile (480 km) race that passes through the Himalayan mountains on a course that reaches 17,500 feet in altitude.

A blast from the past (2012): 9 Things You Can Do Underwater.

Car Trip

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Two Illusions

Don't Make Mom Angry

In a new stop-motion animation by omozoc, a young woman make too much noise late at night, and her mother gets revenge by targeting the daughter's prize possessions. Don't let the fact that the daughter is wearing mom jeans distract you- I think omozoc is playing both parts. (via Laughing Squid)


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How to Tell Your Cat About Trump

This is a real book. You can order it here. Contents include:

Is Your Cat A Secret Trump Supporter?; My Bastard Cat Is A Fan Of Trump – What Now?; Signs You Have A Nice Liberal Cat; Reassure Your Cat That Donald Trump Is Not Going To Grab It; Emphasize That None Of This Is Your Cat's Fault; My Cat Is A Persian - Should I be Worried?; What About Kitlers And Demonic Cats?
 (via Nag on the Lake)

Old School

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Assembling a Cat

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Common People

William Shatner sings Common People, illustrated by clips from the Star Trek animated TV series.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Photographer Not Helping

Invasion of the Green Bulldogs

Yada Ornsomjit lives in Thailand with her four French bulldogs. Recently, three of them were replaced by alien space dogs, or else they were exposed to a high dose of gamma rays like Bruce Banner. The green dogs had gotten into the cupboard where they found a bag of green food coloring, while one very good boy just watched. (via Boing Boing)

Whatever Works

I don't have to resort to this, since my car is a stick shift. Besides, my kids have cars that are way better than anything in my driveway. (via reddit)

Expiration Date High Score

This comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd caused me to pull up a calculator. My score is 8.33333 because I found a can of soup that expired five years ago at the back of the cupboard. Well, I had bought a can of French onion soup because I like it served in a restaurant. But to make it right, you have to add a slab of French bread and some Gruyere cheese, and buying those things just to serve myself a bowl of soup was never top of the mind. Anyway, I digress. The score is low because I am old, and old people are expected to keep stuff around way too long. Be sure to check out the hover text at xkcd

Objective Achieved

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The Rise and Fall of the Food Pyramid

The science of nutrition changes constantly, but people crave simple guidance. Parents especially want to know how to teach their children good nutrition. The food pyramid is probably familiar to you from school, but it was far from perfect. In fact, the pyramid underwent its own evolution, and was eventually discarded. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out tells us why. 


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Buck Rogers and the World of Tomorrow

A faithful remake of the classic serial from the 30s, a project for the Intermediate Editing class at the Art Institute of Colorado. (via Dark Roasted Blend)

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Sonic Logic

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How much do you know about jellyfish? They're pretty, but creepy. After watching this video, you'll know more. 

Oil Change

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A Brief History of Cannibalism

Humans consuming other humans has taken many strange forms over history. It doesn't always involve murder, and sometimes it's the last resort for survival, but it always strikes us as creepy. You'll learn some thing you never knew before in this TED-Ed lesson, including the etymological connection between the words "Caribbean" and "cannibal." Incidentally, "kuru" is a prion disease, along the lines of Creutzfeldt–Jakob and mad cow disease. (via Digg)


Click to the right to advance the story. This comic is from Lucas Turnbloom at How to Cat.

Tap Water

The other day my boss told me that if I went to a certain office, they'd give me a free bottle of water. Free? Like at home? Like from the water fountain? And all I have to do is deal with the bottle? I think I'll pass. This comic is from Married to the Sea.

Aquanaut, the Underwater Transformer

The engineers at Houston Mechatronics developed an autonomous submarine that transforms into a humanoid robot. Or rather, the upper half of a humanoid robot, so I guess you could call it a robotic mermaid. The results are so cool that they spent most of the introductory video trying to convince us -and probably themselves- that there are practical reasons for doing this. It is Really Useful, and not just a cool thing they did because they all grew up watching Transformers. Read more specifics about Aquanaut at IEEE Spectrum. (via Boing Boing)

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When New Yorkers Were Menaced By Banana Peels. The old comedy trope was rooted in reality.

So much drama in the animal kingdom.

What If Avoiding the Sun Is Bad for You? While sunlight can give you skin cancer, it also helps protect you from heart disease.

Captain Native America.

5 Everyday Foods That Are Disgusting Behind The Scenes.

Matchbox Art Featuring Dogs with Personalities, from the guy who brought us matchboxes featuring drunk cats

Vote For the Shed of the Year 2019! Vote for your favorite finalist in seven categories: Pubs/Entertainment, Nature's Haven, Cabin, Unique, Workshops, Budget, and Unexpected. (via Metafilter)

The Great Saudi Beauty Pageant Scandal of 2018. (via Bits and Pieces)

Undead Tree Stump Is Being Kept Alive by Neighboring Trees.

A blast from the past (2008): 6 Massive Earth Moving Projects.


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No Respect

Rappin' Rodney Dangerfield. I used to play this on the radio. I have no shame!

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Toddler Captions Own Photo

The Nova Effect

The random manner in which the world seems to work can strangely make all the parts of your life interconnect in ways you never dreamed. Sometimes when you think about what your life would be like if only x hadn't happened, or if you had made a different decision at some point, you can't even imagine all the other parts of life that would have been affected. Eric had that experience with his dog Nova, which is why this story from Pursuit of Wonder is called the Nova Effect. (via Laughing Squid)

30-inch TV

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Do something you think is really impressive, and you'll soon find someone who is not impressed. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Dashboard Warning Lights

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Peter Max Corvette Collection to be Raffled. Enter the raffle at the Corvette Heroes website. (via reddit)

Scientists Are Sharing Hilarious Titles of Real Studies, And They Will Make Your Day. (via Neatorama)

A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks. It looks like the burden of proof is now on citizens and not their accusers.

The story of Quentin Tarantino’s World War II revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds as seen through the eyes of the ragtag crew he created to take down the Nazis.

Our August Cover Star, Caster Semenya: The Athlete in the Fight of Her Life. (via Metafilter)

The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed.

What It Means to Be a Bad Mom.

I Took a Dump the Same Way the Apollo Astronauts Did—and Dear God Was It Awful. 

How to Stroke a Cat, According to Science. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2013): Raising the Bar: 9 Even More Elaborate Proposals.

Alone at Last!

(via Fark)

An Honest Trailer for Batman Returns

After Tim Burton and Michael Keaton brought Batman to the big screen in 1989, they did it again in 1992 with Batman Returns. The difference is that Batman Returns was more about the villains: the Penguin, Catwoman, and a host of other evildoers. Screen Junkies appears to really like the movie, but as always, they can find plenty of weirdness to highlight in this Honest Trailer. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tweet of the Day

Read the highlights of the Mueller testimony as seen by Twitter users.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bison Tosses Girl at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park may belong to the American people, but to the wildlife, it's home. And you don't negotiate with a bison who might weight 1800 pounds. Despite warnings, tourists often mingle with bison at Yellowstone, which is never a good idea. The incident above happened on Monday. (via Boing Boing)

Robin Hood

Yeah, we would recognize Robin's face anywhere. (via Bad Menu)

Speech and Debate

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Two Cats and a Robot Invader

They aren't all that scared, but they sure are bumfuzzled! (Thanks, WTM!)

The Smart Home

Not all criminals are savvy about your hi-tech security measures, but they know how to pull the plug. This comic is from CommitStrip.


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Table Be Round

Robot Chicken explains why King Arthur had his famous round table, with the help of his best knight, Sir Mix-a-Lot. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019


Alexandre Dubosc makes delightful zoetrope animations out of chocolate cake. His latest creation is called Freequences. The motion shows us bits of chocolate cascading down the layers of the cake, creating visual music as it goes. (via Nag on the Lake)

Welcome Home

Sean took it in stride. (via reddit)

Learning to Love the Music You Hate

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco talks about learning to appreciate music that wasn't his thing when he was young. You can start out as a purist for your chosen genre, but maturity allows you to learn something new from anyone, anywhere. You can apply that lesson to other things besides music. (via Laughing Squid

Vintage Science Fiction

It must be nice to be so privileged that you can have visions of the future without having to confront the possibility of cultural change. Envisioning a more perfect world of the future in all its facets is for those who can see the imperfections of the present. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

The Captain


Deadpool vs San Diego Comic-Con 2019

Deadpool made his presence known in the halls of Comic Con this past weekend. Watch as he flirts, photobombs, and performs various shenanigans among the cosplayers and fans. He gets away with it because he is Deadpool! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Why Didn't the Soviets Ever Make It to the Moon? (via Digg)

Great Idioms from Around the World.

Led Zeppelin: Pictures show first concert, in 1968. (via Damn Interesting)

Randy Rainbows latest song parody is called "Suckers."

The Canadian Towns That Icelanders Visit for a Taste of Their Past.

Emily asked, "I’m cooking one meal from every state in the United States, what meal best represents your state?" (via Metafilter)

I was owed about $5,000 from late-paying publications. I tried to hold them all accountable. Here’s what happened. (via Digg)

Discover the deep sea. This is so cool and so simple, you have to do it for your kids.

A blast from the past (2008): 7 Extremely Focused Art Sites.