Saturday, August 31, 2019

Vegan Restaurant

Caught in the Act

If you're going to step out on your partner in broad daylight, you should always look over your shoulder. (via Neatorama)


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The Garden

This is the path of many great ideas. They are always greater in your mind than in the final execution- if they are ever executed. This comic is from David Malki at Wondermark.

What Does This Mean?


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Rhapsody in Blue

This is the scene in the 1945 movie Rhapsody in Blue in which the song is first performed in front of an audience. Robert Alda plays the part of George Gershwin at the piano. You can hear the full 17 minute version performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra here.

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, August 30, 2019

What Could It Be?


Co Hoedeman's stop-motion animation Matrioska from 1970 is as cute as can be! (via Boing Boing)


Clever, but my son-in-law is French, and he's a wonderful guy. His family is great, too. (via reddit)

Back to School

Learning life skills, one day at a time. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.


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26 Over-The-Top Things Actors Do To Prepare For Roles.

What Happens When You Don’t Pay a Hospital Bill.

Incredible Fossil Discovery Finally Puts a Face on an Elusive Early Hominin.

Best kiss ever! (via reddit)

Leaked Emails Show How White Nationalists Have Infiltrated Conservative Media.

Bladud: Legendary Founder of Bath, England Was the First King to Spread his Wings and Fly.

The 175-Year History of Speculating About President James Buchanan’s Bachelorhood.

Jackie Kennedy’s Fairy-tale Wedding Was a Nightmare for Her African American Dress Designer. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2012): 10 More Odd and Unusual Boating Events.

The Difference

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The Ultimate Drunken Master Music Video

Jackie Chan at his best!

Tweet of the Day

This cat figured out the automatic feeder. No need to hack the mechanism, just unscrew the lid! (Thanks, Lis Riba!)

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Katrin and Janine Eat Their Way Through New Orleans -Just Like Homer Simpson!

Last year, The Simpsons featured an episode called "Lisa Gets the Blues," in which Homer eats his way through many of the signature dishes of new Orleans. Katrin von Niederhäusern and Janine Wiget from Switzerland went to the Big Easy and recreated the sequence shot-by-shot, with the exception of eating a king cake, which is seasonal. See their gastronomic adventure side-by-side with Homer and Lisa. You might want to watch this in full-screen mode or go to the YouTube page to see it bigger. There's a rundown of the restaurants featured in a list here. (via The Daily Dot)

In My Defense

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Fashions of the House Doeuillet in Paris

This restored footage (with original sound) of a 1928 fashion show in Paris displays lovely flapper-inspired dresses. (via Boing Boing)

The Eagle

Ben Hed gave us a continuing Pixie and Brutus story, but I didn't want to post partial bits. Now that the series is complete, here's the entire thing. Click to the right to advance each episode. Follow Pixie and Brutus at Pet Foolery.

Relationship Goals

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How a Single-Celled Organism Almost Wiped Out Life on Earth

Back in the old days, billions of years ago, the earth was swarming with organisms that didn't need oxygen. That's because we didn't have the atmosphere we have now. So where did all this oxygen come from? This TED-Ed lesson from Anusuya Willis explains.

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Respect the Hammock, One of Humanity’s Greatest Creations.

When Your Boss Is Also Your Boyfriend. This is not about love between co-workers, but about being paid for housework. (via Metafilter)

The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American History.

A Short Cultural History of Tie-Dye.

Inside the World of Investigators Who Know You’ve Faked Your Death. (via Digg)

Distorted US Map of Where Candidates Campaigned in 2016. If you aren't in a swing state, they won't even think of you.

A bewildering upbringing: Why Margo Perin was made to have a nose job at 13. (via Damn Interesting)

Sarajevo Roses. A reminder of the violence that birthed Bosnia and Herzegovina. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2008): The New Shapes of Garden Produce.


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La Dans Apache

The Apache dance from Charlie Chan in Paris, 1935.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Live Special Effects Done Right

Even if you think you never want to hear "Let It Go" from the movie Frozen ever again, you'll love this video. Drag queen Katkat performs a lip-sync at the O Bar in Luzon, the Philippines, with special effects provided in a way you'll never forget. This is not an original skit, but they execute it oh-so-well.  (via reddit)


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Serenading a Chihuahua

Malinda Herman sings a love song to her beloved dog. This is adorable, but the cat does not appreciate the sentiment a bit. AsianHawke gives some background.
This is the quintessential song of refugees in 1980's Thai refugee camps. LOL. They used to play the original on the PA system. It's a song that most Hmong, Mien, and Southeast Asians may know and don't even know the origin of. It's by Leo Sayer.
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Video Game Violence

Makes sense, but those shenanigans are not limited to video games. Just ask any college student working on their finances. This comic is from Safely Endangered.

They Will Find You

The Best of the Dark Side

Robot Chicken gives us a compilation of Star Wars villains doing their thing. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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The Poisonous Laxative That Built America. Lewis and Clark's expedition depended on mercury to keep their bowels moving. (via Digg)

The woman with 200 kids. Cindy Stirling has taken in foster children for over 30 years, and they remain her kids for life. (via Metafilter)

The Cat Sanctuary Where Julius Caesar Was Murdered.

The Biggest Loser: Why Donald Trump Couldn’t Hack It in Hollywood.

When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americans.

What Was It Like to Be an Executioner in the Middle Ages? (via Damn Interesting)

Jupiter’s Newly Discovered Moons Officially Have Names. None of them is Moony McMoonface.

When Americans Dined (and Dated) in Cemeteries.  

A blast from the past (2012): 10 Strange and Wonderful Boat Races.


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An Honest Trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters

The 2014 movie Godzilla: King of the Monsters showed us a new version of the monster on steroids, all jacked up and twice the size as he ever was before. The expensive movie was a box office disappointment, but it had enough weirdness to inspire Screen Junkies to give it an Honest Trailer to wrap up their summer blockbuster series.

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Chicken Gangs

Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me

This video goes back way before YouTube, so I was surprised to see a high-quality version available. The song is by TISM, the animation by Bernard Derriman. (via Everlasting Blort)

Chicago Road Sign

This is pretty clever. Then redditors had to finish the song.

Complaints Welcome

Channel 4 is a public service TV network in the UK, called so because it offers an alternative to the BBC, BBC2, and ITV. Every once in a while they air some of the complaints they have received. They illustrate these real complaints in a way that makes one wish they got more complaints. (via reddit)

Kinds of Cats

Click to the right to advance the comic. There are many types of cats, and my four cats are most of them, each. This comic is from Yasmine Surovec at Cat vs. Human. After several months away from the comic (probably to finish a book), she started posting again this month.

Medieval cat

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I'm Not A Robot

As we developed websites and apps, others developed automated programs, or bots, to infiltrate them, sometimes to hack, but mostly to spread spam or skew statistics. So developers came up with Turing tests called CAPTCHAS to eliminate non-human users. But the bots got better, and so the tests had to get better. This video is barely over five minutes- the rest is an ad. 

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Awkward Vintage Photos of Celebrities Posing With Their Beloved Cats. Spoiler: most are not really awkward.

A Gathering of Muffler Men.

30 Inexplicable Kitchen Designs.

'Raised in a doomsday cult, I entered the real world at 15.'

Captain America Meets Bob Ross.

I Never Knew An Op-Ed Could Be So Stupid. Even a car blog can't help but react to the insanity of the right wing.

Hand-Sculpted Archaeological Reconstructions of Ancient Faces. They look like photographic portraits.

Inside the Weird World of Restaurant Critics. (via Digg)

Why Are Europeans (So Much) Happier Than Americans?

A blast from the past (2008): Zebroids: On Beyond Zebra.


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The Lost Sheep

An orchestral number by Adrian Munsey. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Chicken Story

11 Theories on the True Identity of D.B. Cooper

My second article for Considerable is up! It's called 11 theories on the true identity of D.B. Cooper. You know, the mysterious skyjacker who jumped out of a plane in 1971 and was never seen again. In case you missed it, my first article for them was 10 famous musicians who had very different second careers. If everything goes right, I may became a regular there... which means I could go back to being a full-time blogger! So go give my articles a look, share them, etc. and I will love you forever. In other news, I have taken on a slightly-expanded role again at Neatorama, and I'm also posting occasionally at Geeks Are Sexy.

How To Get Syphilis

An educational film from 1974. I was in high school in 1974, and I guarantee that my school would have never shown anything like this. The closest thing we ever got to sex education was a one-day assembly for girls only, in sixth grade, which was only about menstruation, no sex involved. But times have changed. Now you can't find any doctor who will treat a minor without accompanying parents. (via Boing Boing)

At the G7 Summit

Looks like Canada may be getting tariffs soon. (via reddit)

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Featurette from D23

Shown at D23, the annual convention for Disney fans, the first part of this video blows by pretty quickly, showing us familiar scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy and even glimpses of the prequels. Fast forward through The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, and suddenly there's til-now-unseen footage from The Rise of Skywalker, leading up to a final snippet that raises so many questions. What is Rey wearing, and why? But what a cool lightsaber she's got! We won't know what it all means until The Rise of Skywalker premieres in December.

The Margaret Morris Movement

Margaret Morris was a dancer and dance teacher who advocated the inclusion of painting and design in her instruction. It was art, after all, just like dance. Read more about her at Messy Nessy Chic, and see some great photographs.

The Election Cycle

Unfortunately, the cycle for so many people reaches the apathy phase on election day. This comic is from dogmodog.

The Bobs

Rapper's Delight, Performed by Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant

I knew there had to be a practical use for all these modern personal assistants. (via Neatorama)

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The Battle of Wits Between a Human and a Cat. Quinn thought it would make things easier if she got an automatic food dispenser for her cat Sprocket. She was wrong. (via reddit)

The Curse of Playing the Wicked Witch of the West. (Thanks, hearsetrax!)

The 18th Century Guide Book to London’s Prostitutes. (via Strange Company)

Dizzy Kid.

6 Chemical Reactions That Look Like Scenes From Horror Films.

When Everyone Wanted to Be the Iceman. In the 1890s, the iceman was a welcome sight, which led to raunchy jokes about all the housewives he'd see every day.

Getting killed by police is a leading cause of death for young black men in America. (via Metafilter)

Why you can't find wild broccoli. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Secrets of a 911 Dispatcher. (via Damn Interesting)

Big Chonk Mr. B is a Star, Needs a Home.

A blast from the past (2012): 15 My Little Pony Mashups.

Battling the Dragon

via Gfycat

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The Big Rock Candy Mountains

By Harry 'Haywire' McClintock. (via Metafilter)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Missing Car

The Dancing Millipede

By now you've probably seen the viral video by Dr Juanita Arrieta of a millipede walking, made easier to see by the elongated shadow it cast. The millipede prancing jauntily along is intriguing, and of course the internet had to put music to it. @Pandamoanimum found a bunch of songs that not only refer to walking, but work with the bug's rhythm ("Walk of Life," "Footloose," "I Walk the Line," "Walking on Sunshine," "500 Miles," and The Imperial March, among others). You can see them in a Threadreader post, but I would recommend checking out the entire Twitter thread, as other people contributed their own ideas. My personal favorite is the one with music from Panjabi MC. (via Metafilter)

Career Plans

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Thanks, WTM!

The 1945 New Guinea Rescue

A US military plane crashed in New Guinea, in a remote area called Hidden Valley populated by unknown aboriginal people. There were no roads in or out, no place to land a plane, and the elevation was too high for a helicopter. Besides, the Japanese were pretty close by. The crash survivors were injured and desperate for rescue. The History Guy tells the story of an audacious, or frankly insane, plan to bring them home. (via Nag on the Lake)

Tech Support

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Cat on a Pinball Machine

This is exactly what it says on the tin. (via Cynical-C)

Tweet of the Day

Forget ever trying to outdo this grand entrance. (via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Historic Photos

Kool and the Riot

Bill McLintock's latest music mashup married "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang with "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)" by Quiet Riot. Listen carefully, and you'll also hear "All Right Now"by Free. (via Boing Boing)

Choose Your Instrument

I had to laugh. I was married to a professional bass player for years. (via reddit)

Career Ambitions

Click to the right to advance the comic. This is what jobs in the real world look like, kids, when those with the money and the hiring power aim for maximum value. Now, if you'd had the foreknowledge to study X, Y, and Z, then the job would require you to do A and B as well. This comic is from ToothyBj. (via Geeks Are Sexy)  


The Mandalorian Trailer

The tentpole series for the streaming TV service called Disney+ is The Mandalorian. He's not Boba Fett, nor Jango Fett, but another warrior from the same planet. According to Wikipedia, it takes place in the Star Wars universe a few years after The Return of the Jedi. It has a star-studded cast, lots of violence, and it's Star Wars, so what could possibly go wrong? The Mandalorian will premiere when the channel does, on November 12.  

Sleep Here

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Bridge Tournament

Just look at that crowd! (via Bad Newspaper)


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Where Zombies Come From

"When a mommy zombie and a daddy zombie love each other very much...." Well, no, zombies aren't real as a physical manifestation, but they are a real element of folklore and pop culture. Where did the idea come from? Night of the Living Dead may have been the seed of modern zombie mania, but it's far from the first depiction of zombies. Nerdwriter tells the history of this supernatural idea. (via Kottke)

Do I Know You?

It happens to all of us sooner or later. On the bright side, I lost my dignity long ago and have never found it. I eventually stopped searching. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Reading the Signs

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10 famous musicians who had very different second careers. A post I wrote for the new website Considerable.

What's The Craziest Thing A Guy Ever Did To Be With His Girlfriend?

The Story Behind the Funniest Baseball Card Ever Made. Keith Comstock's baseball card for the 1989 Las Vegas Stars shows him reacting to being hit in the crotch by a baseball! (via Digg)

What Happens to Your Campaign Contributions When a Presidential Candidate Drops Out?

Flags of the Solar System. (via Metafilter)

Terrorism Detective: What Is the Inspiration for all this Violence?? The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Why Americans Love Their Apple Pie.

Column: Health insurance companies are useless. Get rid of them. (via TYWKIWDBI)

The Quest to Find a Lost Arctic Explorer’s Buried Soup.

A blast from the past (2012): Niche Blogs for the Dog Days of August. A few of them are still online.

New Shoes

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The Missing Link That Wasn’t

For a long time, scientists looked for the "missing link" that would prove that humans evolved from apes. This missing link would be a midpoint between ape and human. But there's no "midpoint" because that's not how evolution works. We can't even come to an agreement about what "human" really means on the evolutionary scale. The story Piltdown man is only one chapter in the long story of how scientists unfolded the evolutionary history of humans.

Tweet of the Day

This spider apparently likes what he sees, and goes immediately into a mating dance! (via Everlasting Blort)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Perpetual Motion

Filmmaker Nick Cobby and musician Max Cooper made a music video about how people are constantly moving in pursuit of something or other. You can read the artists' statements about the project at the vimeo page. The video is made from artistically enhanced drone footage taken above Mexico City. At first, I thought the artistic enhancements included the pink cars, because I could not believe any place has that many pink cars. Then I looked it up, and taxis in Mexico have been pink since 2014! Anyhow, the video is mesmerizing. (via Laughing Squid)

Free Samples

Book Store

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Classical Music Mashup III

Grant Woolard gave us Classical Music Mashup and Classical Music Mashup II. Now we have a third iteration on the theme, where he seamlessly overlays and meshes different classical tunes. This video contains snippets of 70 pieces from familiar composers like Beethoven and Chopin, branching out to Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and more, including outliers like Scott Joplin and Rick Astley. (Thanks, Grant!)  

Hunting Trophies

A little twist ending in this story! It doesn't matter where they come from, I find dead animals displayed in the house really creepy. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.


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"Kitten" (1968)

This is Russian computer animation from 1968. Boing Boing gives us a short translated explanation.
More than 40 years ago in 1968 ... A team led by Nikolai Nikolaevich Konstantinov creates a mathematical model of the motion of the animal (cat). The BESM-4 machine, executing a written program for solving ordinary (in the mathematical sense of the word) differential equations, draws a cartoon "Kitty" containing even by modern standards an amazing animation of cat movements created by a computer.
There's more here, in Russian.

New Bed

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Ella Fitzgerald, performing in Berlin in 1968.

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

THX's New Deep Note Trailer

THX has a brand-new "Deep Note" trailer to be shown in theaters that are THX-certified. You won't get the full effect watching it on a small device, or even a home TV set, but the animation and sound are still impressive. If you aren't all that sure what THX means, Gizmodo fills us in.
Originally developed back in 1983 by Lucasfilm’s Tomlinson Holman as a way to ensure that the sound for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi would be accurately reproduced in theaters, THX is a quality control and certification system that takes into account everything from a cinema’s acoustic performance to the screen and projector’s image quality to even the amount of background noise heard inside the theater. Most audiences probably couldn’t hear the difference between a THX-approved theater and one that wasn’t, but what made THX popular among many movie fans was the iconic Deep Note glissando that played ahead of the film, which had originally been created by Lucasfilm’s James A. Moorer.
Few theaters today are up to THX standards, but if you see this trailer on the big screen, you know you've found one.


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