Monday, July 06, 2020

Jump Rope



Jumping rope only makes sense to us humans because we've never broken it down to its elemental components. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Tyranny

Mel Brooks said, “Tragedy is when I stub my toe. Comedy is when you fall into an open manhole and die.” Everything is relative, but sometimes you gotta sit back and see the big picture. George Takei said he didn't see this much whining in the internment camp during World War II.

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Mystery on Everest: Did Mallory and Irvine Reach the Summit in 1924? (via Damn Interesting)

Wendell Potter comes clean about the differences between the US's and Canada's health care systems.

The World's Smallest Knitted Sweaters.

Why Are Rich People So Mean? (via Metafilter)

The Fresh Prince theme song as a tragic Irish pub ballad.

My House, Not My Cat.

Florida State just barred many employees from caring for kids while working remotely. Moms ask: ‘What am I supposed to do?’

Will Smith's career and how Independence Day changed it. (via Digg)

The Woman Who Made Soap. Leonarda Cianciulli cooked, she made soap, she dabbled in matchmaking, and she eventually became a serial killer. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2016): 10 Delicious Food Mashups You Have to Try.

Hurry Up

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Sitting Dance



Gene Kelly danced even when he was sitting! Here he is with Donald O'Conner. (via Metafilter)

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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Units of Measurement

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The Hamilton Polka



Two years ago, Weird Al Yankovic released his "Hamilton Polka." Now the song has a video, made from the relevant clips in the Hamilton movie now streaming on Disney+! Of course, the speed had to be altered to keep up the accordion's polka beat. And before you ask, Yankovic always gets permission. He even asks permission when it isn't required. (via reddit)

Breakfast

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How Well Do Masks Work?



The miracle of Schlieren imaging makes it clear how much comes from your nose and mouth, and how far it can travel when you don't wear a mask -or wear a mask under your nose. And if this isn't enough to make you care about infecting people around you, it may be enough to make you avoid other people who aren't wearing masks. (via Metafilter)

Frankenstein Screen Test



This full makeup test footage -in color!- from the 1939 production of Son of Frankenstein sees Boris Karloff goofing around as you've never seen him before. (via Boing Boing)

We Care

This appears to be the distilled version of a much longer scenario taking place at so many companies. It's from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save.

Progress?

Retelling The Empire Strikes Back from Memory



Liam introduced his girlfriend Jessie to Star Wars and shared her recap with us. Then they went on to the next movie, The Empire Strikes Back. Months later, she retells what she recalls from the story. While the details are funny, her memory of the plot and storytelling sequence is amazing. I couldn't retell scenes with that much detail of a movie I'd seen yesterday, much less months later. There must have been quite a bit of discussion during the movie-watching; otherwise, how would she ever retain the name Bossk? They've also now seen Return of the Jedi together, so expect an animated recap of that one in a few months. (via Digg)

The Aftermath

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Kiddie Kabaret



The Meglin Kiddies in the 1934 film In Love With Life.

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Baby's first haka! (via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, July 04, 2020

This Land Is Your Land



How about one more song for the Independence Day holiday? Here's the Oakland Symphony performing (in isolation) Woody Guthrie's classic protest song "This Land is Your Land." (via Boing Boing)

Ceremonies

Toccata



Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is illustrated perfectly with falling dishes, silverware, and food. This is not animated; as you can read about on the production page, Optical Arts really did drop and smash all those dishes, filming them with a high speed camera in order to get nice slow-motion footage. Then it was all edited together to perfectly match the music.  (via Metafilter)

Boops

Yes, that's its real name. (via reddit)

"Do Y'all Celebrate the Fourth of July in Britain?"



The answer may surprise you.

Founding Father

Your grandfather was trolling you. However, this might well be how history is written in the future. This comic is from The Obscure Gentlemen

The American Revolution

Stars and Stripes Forever



Happy Independence Day. Let's celebrate the fact that we've made it to the halfway point of 2020. Celebrate, but do it at home, or wear a mask. Please.

Independence Day

The American dream: if we work together, it will get better.

Celebrating Independence Day with Flying Cars



Glacier View, Alaska, doesn't get dark enough for fireworks on the 4th of July, so they've come up with an alternative source of explosions and carnage; they run vehicles off a cliff to watch them crash! The Anchorage Daily News risked several cameras to give us a insider view of some of these launches. (via Neatorama)

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Friday, July 03, 2020

Fragrant and Hot

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The Existential Threat



"The Existential Threat" is a new song by Sparks, from their album A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip. It's about extreme psychological trauma, so of course they got Cyriak Harris to make the video. As you might guess, it's pure nightmare fuel. The lyrics are at the YouTube link.

Instructions Unclear

(via reddit)

The Lively & Liveable Neighbourhoods that are Illegal in North America



Europe has neighborhoods where the US has zoning laws. Buildings in many US cities and mid-size towns are highly divided by use, with apartments downtown, stores in shopping centers, industries in the industrial park, and single-family houses in vast neighborhoods and suburbs, where you must have a car in order to buy groceries, eat out, or socialize. (via Digg)

You'll See!



Click to the right to advance the comic. Now, there, isn't that better? This comic is from Wheat Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Brid

Flying Couch



Hasan Kaval is a madman. But he knows how to relax, in a well-worn leather love seat, watching TV with chips and soda. Only he's doing in high in the sky! He's speaking Turkish, and the wind is so loud that auto-translate cannot hear it, so you might want to skip through the first minute and a half. Then- holy moly! The lack of a seat belt will make you nervous, but he survived to post the video. Do not try this at home. (via reddit)

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"We Are the World": Inside Pop Music's Most Famous All-Nighter. (via Metafilter

The Long Prank.

The Accidental Invention of the Slip ‘N Slide.

Non-Americans Are Sharing The Things They Actually Like About America.

When France extorted Haiti – the greatest heist in history. (via Damn Interesting)

Back To The Future At 35: Looking Back On The Movie That Made America Great Again. "The narrative arc of Back To The Future was essentially Ronald Reagan’s vision for America. "

All The Ways Star Wars Is Way Crazier Than You Realize. After reading these, you'll no longer be puzzled at Disney's decision to make the Expanded Universe non-canon.

Who voters want to be Joe Biden’s vice president, according to the polls.

Welcome to Exploding Whale Memorial Park. It's nice that someone put some thought into what we memorialize. (via Boing Boing)

A blast from the past (2011): 10 Stories of Lifesaving Dogs.

Amusing the Cats

(via reddit)

Kitten Doesn't Understand "Transparent"



Caro the kitten is trying to liberate Miho from an invisible force field. Meanwhile, mama is glad to have a minute of peace and quiet inside the box! (via Arbroath)

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My kid wore a mask eight hours a day at her last job taking care of nursing home patients. There are nurses today who are doubling those hours because people won't get with the program. (via Bored Panda)

Thursday, July 02, 2020

When are the Festivities?

The Bat-Man



If Tim Burton's Batman were made in 1945, it would be The Bat-Man. YouTuber Journey's End edited together the movie from 1989 with vintage footage and gave it the necessary filters to look somewhat like the 1943 Batman serial, starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Jack Palance. I'd go see it! (via reddit)

An Offering for Pharoah

(via reddit)

Télévision œil de demain



We can't say that we weren't warned. Télévision œil de demain is a 1947 French short about the future of television. The final scenes predicted that people would be able to walk around with miniature screens that will pick up signals anywhere. They would be distracted and not look where they are going. They would watch while driving and wreck. They will stop buying newspapers, which will go out of business. They will elect politicians based on their entertainment value. We would ignore the people we are with to watch our pocket televisions. Now, 73 years later, this is exactly how we are with our smartphones.

The true subtitles are only available in French, but you can auto-generate English for a very rough translation. To watch the full 24-minute version, go here. (via Kottke)

Introducing New People to Star Wars

Sometimes it's better to let people form their own opinions before you dump 40 years of Star Wars hate onto them. True Star Wars fans are the most vociferous critics. I wrote about this years ago, before the latest trilogy. This comic is from ButaJape. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Independence Day

Survival of the Fittest

(Thanks, WTM!)

A British Man Encounters American Summers



Hot enough for ya? Laurence Brown moved from Britain to the US and found out what summer heat really is. He explains the difference between the two nations in his series Lost in the Pond. The US is very hot in the summer. Or at least most of it is. Where I live, it's not only ferociously hot, but also humid as any swamp. In other words, British heat waves ain't got nothing on America. In this video, he tells how he discovered the things Americans use to cool down. Europeans think they are crazy, but when you actually encounter the summer heat, they are lifesavers.

Chito

(via Fark)

A Girl And A Fan And A Fellow



Released in 1933. From the YouTube page:
This glorious art deco number was shot to be used in the abandoned musical epic The March Of Time in 1930. The sequence was later recycled and used in the short Nertsery Rhymes featuring The Three Stooges.
(via Nag on the Lake)

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Bacon

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Fireworks Safety 2020



The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has produced a new fireworks safety video with plenty of warnings about what damage fireworks can do. And visuals. We well understand that the rules are good ones, and that we don't ever want these terrible injuries to happen to anyone, but watching the non-stop destruction happen to dummies is kind of fun. Blowed 'em up real good, they did! (via Digg)

Petrol

(via reddit)

An Honest Trailer For The NeverEnding Story



I have never seen The NeverEnding Story, but according to this Honest Trailer, it was full of doom, gloom, misery, and sadness. In other words, it was a German kids' movie. It was a big hit in West Germany, which was still a country in 1984, and managed to make money in the US, although it was not what we'd normally think of as a blockbuster. However, people who were children in 1984 now run the internet, so The NeverEnding Story is a fondly remembered shared experience among them.

Streaming

Once upon a rime, I would set a clock to catch a good movie shown on TV. Then VHS came along, and for some reason, I quit keeping up with what was on and when. Now I know. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Canada Day

Best wishes from the USA. (via Some eCards)

Why a Single Little Spot Makes Driving Across "America" Impossible



You might look at a map and think about how wonderful a road trip it would be to drive from the top of North America down to the bottom of South America (or vice-versa) on the Pan-American Highway. The problem is that the Pan-American highway doesn't go all the way- there's a relatively short route that connects the two continents that has never been paved -and might never be. It's called the Darién Gap, and RealLifeLore explains why it's so difficult to build a road through it. (via Digg)

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I have a Carl Reiner story that I hold very dear to me. I figured I'd share it today, on the day of his passing, because I hope it will bring some other people some joy the way it does me. (via Digg)

An Introduction to Tactile Paving. Those bumps in the sidewalk are designed to help visually impaired people know what's ahead. (via Bored Panda)

How Trump really dealt with Russia's bounty on US soldiers. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Fat bear champ returns with a major transformation.

Whale Sharks Have Eyeballs Covered in Tiny Teeth.

Mickey Mouse Proves You Can’t Erase the Racism of Blackface.

Twitter Users Share Their Childhood Beliefs About Things That They Thought Were Indicators Of Being Rich.

I’m Starting to Feel the Pain. Antoine d'Agata's use of thermal imaging technology allows him to visualise the 'essence of humanity' in his documentation of France's streets and hospitals at the peak of COVID-19's ravages (via Everlasting Blort)

A blast from the past (2010, but republished most years): Happy Canada Day! What Exactly Is Canada Day?

Surprise

(Thanks, WTM!)

The Canadian Tire Song



What could be more essentially Canadian than astronaut Chris Hadfield performing the Canadian Tire Song? This was uploaded in 2010. Hope it's been a great Canada Day for you!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Chicken

(via Bad Menu)

Exquisite Pop-Up Cards Designed by Peter Dahmen



German paper designer Peter Dahmen shows us some of the commissioned pop-up cards he has created. You won't find these in your local drug store! If you want to see how it's done, he has a few tutorials for beginners. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Another Month on the Way

(via reddit)

Why You Can Spot Bad Green Screen



When motion pictures started using chroma-key effects, they were believable because we weren't used to them. In the decades since, we've gotten much pickier about special effects- we expect all movies, TV shows, and even videos to be as good as the best we've seen. You can catch an old movie you loved as kid and be shocked now at how awful the special effects were. And now that everyone is making their own video content, the quality of green screen shots varies widely. Tom Scott explains exactly why. The video is only 4:30 long; the rest is promotion.

Predicting the Future

I think we can see who is the real 8-ball here. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Effects

(Thanks, WTM!)

A Dream Goes On Forever



Todd Rundgren performs on The Midnight Special in 1974.

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Woman with Two Wombs Carrying a Twin in Each. (via Damn Interesting)

Myths About Crime We Believe Thanks To Pop Culture.

A 2300-year-old Bedazzled Boot. Scythian burials were definitely high-class. (via Nag on the Lake)

Why Did This Ancient Marsupial Have Saber Teeth?

An Oral History of The Onion’s 9/11 Issue. Immediately after 9/11, humorists struggled with what many called ‘the death of irony.’ Then The Onion returned and showed everyone the way.

The best "I don't work here" story you will read today. (via Bored Panda)

Why the Mueller Investigation Failed. President Trump’s obstructions of justice were broader than those of Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton, and the special counsel’s investigation proved it. How come the report didn’t say so? (via Metafilter)

The Polar Bear Jail of Churchill. The town really does incarcerate bears that wander into town.

The Brothel's Bad Batter Cakes: A Poisoning Mystery.

A blast from the past (2016): 10 International Cat Celebrities.

Concussion

(via Fark)

Bouncing Baby



An excerpt from the 1916 one-reel silent film. (via Everlasting Blort)

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The followup replies are worth reading, too. (via Metafilter)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Priorities

B is for Ben



Rok Andic made a little wordless cartoon that is less than two minutes long, yet manages to tickle the funny bone just right. Did I say wordless? It's got a punch line that you can see coming, but is still so satisfying. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Pop Culture Utility

In other words, song lyrics come in handy. (via reddit)

COVER YOUR FREAKIN' FACE!



Randy Rainbow is always on top of whatever's happening, with a perfect song parody. This one is sung to the tune of "Put on a Happy Face" from the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Tableware



Yeah, it's embarrassing when your kids know better but still do it "wrong." You can announce that they know better, but their behavior will always reflect on you, good or bad. Meanwhile, your child is just exploring alternate methods, using his or her imagination. Or else they are just being rebellious. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Social Distancing

Super Fridge Mario



Phi Compile and his four-year-old son Ollie made a stop-motion video by moving magnets around on their refrigerator! The final result is pretty cool, we are also impressed that he could keep the child engaged through the "few hundred" still photos.

  

See, you never know when an attempt to distract your children might lead to a viral video! (via Digg)

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Husky Ancestors Started Hauling Sleds for Humans Nearly 10,000 Years Ago.

Awesome Duck Tape Prom Dress Has Coronavirus Art Theme.

Why Did Men Stop Wearing Hats

You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument. (via Metafilter)

Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest. (via Damn Interesting)

Live Aid: The Complicated History of the World's Biggest Charity Concert.

Facial Reconstruction of a Prehistoric Man Whose Head Was Mounted on a Stake.

Why Fireworks Scare Some Dogs but Not Others. They have a technique you can try to help your dog become less fearful.

Here's a thread for anyone who's been conned into believing Donald Trump cares about the US military or our troops. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2011): Science Fiction Home Furnishings.

Self-image

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Where There's a Will...



The cat will get the last drop of milk! (via Arbroath)

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Today's Special

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Don't Stop 'Til You Mash Enough



Why listen to one song, when you can enjoy 15 of them at once? DJ Cummerbund has you covered.


This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Social isolation and mask wearing only work if everyone does it. Since a lot of people can't be bothered, we all will have to pay. (via reddit)

Forests

No Feeding

(via reddit)

Kitten



The first computer generated animation was a Russian production in 1968. Of course, they knew even then that what we wanted to see was a cat. (via Metafilter)

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

To Protect and Serve

Manramp



These guys are experts on skateboards, and they are fearless, too! But the real hero of the day is the guy who always has the ramp at the right place at the right time. Thrasher magazine gives him the props he deserves in this video. (via Digg)

Syrup

(via reddit)

Office Supplies



Steve Martin performs his song "Office Supplies" from his new album The Long-Awaited Album, in collaboration with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, who don't have anything else to do today. Cue the banjo jokes! (via Everlasting Blort)

Bread



This is what happens when you go the distance for a simple pun. A comic from Things in Squares.

In the Mood

Dream

(via Fark)

Cat Obstacle Course



He's obviously done this before. (via Buzzfeed)

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