Sunday, September 20, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020
A squirrel, most likely in Russia, happily eats pine nuts out of a guys hand until suddenly he realizes that he's eating out of a guy's hand! Remembering what his mother always told him about humans, he freezes in place and appears almost catatonic. The guy keeps trying to feed him, until the squirrel comes to his senses. (via Geekologie)
Friday, September 18, 2020
Twelve-year-old Emma Pickles carefully performs surgery on fruits and vegetables. Watch her do a cesarian on a squash, transplant a heart into a pepper, and remove tumors from all kind of produce. She also does a living-donor transplant, and separates conjoined twins. The operations are not always successful, but they are done with the utmost care. (via Laughing Squid)
The Billy Joel song "We Didn't Start the Fire" can be rewritten to reflect any world with a lot of moving parts, and Marvel comics sure has those. I missed this when it was on TV, because I don't have cable anymore. I would have been watching Colbert anyway. (via Metafilter)
The perfect banana is now a get-out-the-vote billboard.
Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden. It's the first time in its 175-year history that the magazine has endorsed any
Jenny Jinya is back with a heartbreaking comic about a parakeet.
The Acorn Woodpeckers Wars. The birds battle each other for days until one wins the right to breed.
Chewbacca Sneakers are as Hairy as You'd Expect.
Why Birds Survived and Dinosaurs Went Extinct. Maybe it was the beaks.
George Carlin explains Fury Road. Even though he died seven years before it premiered.
When Plants Go To War. (via Damn Interesting)
A blast from the past (2016): 6 Spectacular Praying Mantises.
As a side note, they took away the legacy version of the Blogger interface today. I hate the new version, which requires twice as many steps to do anything. Pulling up old posts out the 30,000 or so I have is a real pain. You can no longer plop your code in anywhere and have it work. And it's very slow. On the bright side, the search function works for the first time in years. It will take me some time to get used to this.
This may possibly the first cute kitten film ever -the precursor to all the cute cat videos we enjoy on the internet! Filmmaker G.A. Smith made The Sick Kitten in 1903. It's just a movie- there's no indication that the kitten was actually sick.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
This fan film mashup uses clips of the superheroes we know and love from the Wonder Woman TV show from the 1970s, the Batman films starring Michael Keaton, the Superman movies starting Christopher Reeve, and the 1990 Flash TV series. Oh yeah, even Supergirl has a cameo. It's all packaged for a 1993 release. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
If you enjoyed the 11' 8" videos (until they raised the bridge), you are in for a treat here. This accident supposedly happened in Memphis last Sunday, when a train went under a bridge that was a bit too low for clearance. As you can see, the metal began stripping off the top of the rail cars before the videographer began filming. And it just goes on and on, because trains take a long time to stop. Did it damage the cargo inside? You betcha! (via Jalopnik)
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Yohei is living his best life as the sole inhabitant of an abandoned elementary school in the mountains of Japan. There are facilities that spark envy in anyone living in cramped quarters -and even those who have a big house already. A huge kitchen, a band room, a lovely view from the solitude of a mansion-sized home- what else could you ask for? As an American, I immediately had a couple of questions. First, what do the owners of the school think of Yohei living there? It appears that he's good for tourism, so maybe the local authorities have some agreement with him. They may even pay him for keeping the building up. If not, you may wonder how he pays for food and electricity and all that. Yohei roasts his own coffee and sells it online (only in Japan), he takes in guests and probably charges something, and he has a band that might bring in money. Anyhow, here's the second part of the story, in which our reporters stay the night and check for ghosts.
You have to admit, Yohei has it made in the shade! (via Digg)
Oh, that's not all. This is the time of year when you leave your sweater at work every day until all your sweaters are at the office. Unless you work second shift, in which case you'll leave them at home and not realize how much you need them until it's time to come home. This comic is from Juliette. (via reddit)
In case you didn't know, the Mulan remake is out now. To watch it, you'll need a TV or computer screen, Disney+, and $30 more. Before you invest, check out this Honest Trailer. A departure from other Disney live-action remakes, Mulan is supposed to be closer to its roots. That means it lost the songs, the magical sidekick, and the love interest. What's left is a lot of violence, so that Mulan resembles any number of high-budget wuxia films you've already seen. Well, at least it has a cool gender reveal party.
This is good, but it's much better with the sound on.
30 Non-Americans Share What They Genuinely Think About What’s Happening In America Right Now.
This Woman Surfed the Biggest Wave of the Year. Here’s why you probably haven’t heard about it. (via Metafilter)
Why Glory Still Resonates More Than Three Decades Later. Newly added to Netflix, the Civil War movie reminds the nation that black Americans fought for their own emancipation.
Dads Who Don't Want Pets. "Dad: We are not feeding that feral cat. Also Dad: I set up a heated cat house in the backward and put a camera so we can make sure she’s home safe every night." (via Digg)
Stolen Phone Recovered with Evidence of Perpetrator. Who it was might surprise you. (via reddit)
The desperate fight to save his family ends in tragedy. This story is disturbing, to say the least. (via Kottke)
Who Invented the Light Bulb? There are a number of men who could claim the title. (via Damn Interesting)
A blast from the past (2016): 10 Web Toys Perfect for Procrastinating.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Actor Paul Rudd never seems to age. In reality, he's 51. In this public service announcement, he's a 26-year-old Millennial, spouting the lingo of his generation. It's goofy, but it's an amusing way to get the attention of those who are still getting with the program. Masks work, but they work best if everyone uses them. (via Kottke)
Jun Yoshizuki taught his cats to ring a bell for food. Haku and Nagi catch on pretty quickly! Poki, well, he's a bit behind, but he's come a long way from being the world's most annoying cat. (via Neatorama)
Bu hanim her gun mahallede ne kadar hayvan varsa etrafina toplayip onlari doyuruyor. Kedi kopek karga hepsi sisko hahajd @MaltepeBelTr pic.twitter.com/f8r5UnDHUb— ☽ Dilere (@cocukkilidi) September 23, 2017
Dilara İlter shot this footage of a parade in Istanbul, in which cats, dogs, and birds followed a woman leading them through the streets. It kept happening, and she found out the woman feeds stray animals, and they all know her. Years later, she still walks along, feeding the strays. Read the whole story at Bored Panda.
The Five Fiancées of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. That's five princesses and two cousins. (via Strange Company)
Let's see if it is worth getting up early for.
A Judge Asked Harvard to Find Out Why So Many Black People Were In Prison. They Could Only Find 1 Answer: Systemic Racism.
The Heartbreaking Story of Artificial Limbs. The very first of 60,000 amputees in the Civil War ended up helping all of them. (via Nag on the Lake)
Japan’s Love-Hate Relationship With Cats.
The Black Dahlia: The Long, Strange History of Los Angeles’ Coldest Cold Case. (via Strange Company)
Make the Midwest’s Award-Winning State-Fair Foods at Home. Since 2009, the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance has held the Heirloom Recipe Competition at various state fairs, highlighting family recipes that have been handed down for generations.
Customs Seized a Shipment of "Counterfeit" AirPods. However, these earbuds weren't even trying to pass for an Apple product.
A blast from the past (2016): 4 Legendary Plant-Animal Hybrids.
These ppl found a baby goat trapped in a pit. They took him home & cared for him overnite.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 10, 2020
The next day they tried to find the owner but had no luck. While looking - they found a group of goats with the same white fur.
Then this happened.
Monday, September 14, 2020
Power plant wastewater just sounds extremely toxic, and in most places it would be pretty dangerous. Iceland, however, is pretty good at using nature itself to generate power, namely, the volcanic activity underground. The country's very efficient power system lends itself to innovative uses for its byproducts, like an artificial warm water beach in Reykjavík. Tom Scott visited because most of us can't right now. (via Digg)
There are two kinds of people in autumn: those who consume pumpkin spice in every form possible, and those who blow up pumpkins. Finnish madman Lauri Vuohensilta is squarely in the second category. Here he experiments to find out whether gunpowder or dynamite is better at making a pumpkin explode. Either will do the job, but these guys employ a high-speed camera to get a real good look at what they have wrought. (via Digg)
Airlifted Out of the Creek Fire. The California Army National Guard, who had been called up to fight the flames, took two helicopters over mountain crests and through thick smoke to rescue 214 trapped campers. (via Fark)
Have you ever found a random shoe in the road?
When They Came To An Oregon Town To Take Pictures Of The Fires, Armed Locals Thought They Were Antifa Arsonists. Now she remembers why she left her hometown.
The latest from Randy Rainbow is "I Won't Vote Trump," a parody song set to the tune of "I Won't Grow Up" from Peter Pan.
My boyfriend is a High School math teacher and his school started distance learning recently. His webcam faces my white board so I decided to start leaving his students messages. (via reddit)
A World War II Veteran Will Get a Juicy Fruit-themed Casket. It became a symbol of who he is. (via Strange Company)
Vote early, then turn off the news. Likely voters have already made their minds up. (via Fark)
The Battle of Athens, Tennessee. Here's a tale of government corruption that makes Walking Tall look like a Disney movie. (Thanks WTM!)
The Hackney Mosaic Project's latest public work is the second large mosaic called the Hounds of Hackney Downs, featuring portraits of the dogs who frequent the park. (via Nag on the Lake)
A blast from the past (2011): Mega Monster Movies.
Been distance-teaching Romeo and Juliet to my freshmen and one of them sent me this meme today and I have never been more fulfilled in this job#TeacherLife pic.twitter.com/RDgeGpERhc— Micah Persell (@MicahPersell) May 19, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Circulatory Systems is an experimental short film described as "The major highways, the arteries and veins of our cities." Busy streets are layered in beautiful kaleidoscopic, even fractal, patterns. It's traffic, but it's pretty! (via Boing Boing)
Batzorig Vaanchig is a Mongolian throat singer. Here he collaborates with his daughter Marla. The song is "Xotgoidiin Unaga" (foal from Xotgoidiin), about a horse with a white blaze who always wins races. One commenter summed up the performance:
When she began singing, I smiled, when he began...I became one with the universe.He is a talented musician, and she is following in his footsteps, but together they are just adorably wholesome. Read more about throat singing here. (via reddit)
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Science Insider gives us the real poop on taking the perfect poop. Yeah, this is very explicit, but at least it's all animated. Sure, you've been pooping for many years, and you've probably gotten pretty good at it by now. Still, there may be something in here you don't already know, and if you don't need the information now, you might some time in the future. (via Digg)
Friday, September 11, 2020
Bill McClintock made an awesome mashup of "Living for the City" and "Paradise City" a couple of years ago. It went over so well that a group of musicians did a cover version during lockdown as a fundraiser for musicians who are struggling under the inability to perform live ...or do normal recording, for that matter. Find out more about the Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund here.
DoctorSbaitso took drone footage of San Francisco on September 9 around 11AM, when skies are usually blue and the sun shines on the buildings. But this is 2020, and the bay area fires have the city shrouded in smoke and ash with an orange tint. Zach Fett took that eerie footage and added the soundtrack of the movie Blade Runner 2049, which only seems appropriate. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
19 years after 9/11, Americans continue to fear foreign extremists and underplay the dangers of domestic terrorism.
Top Baby Names in 2019 by State. (via Digg)
A1931 children's book from the Soviet Union contains instructions for making toy people and accessories from potatoes and other household items. (via Everlasting Blort)
An American Education. Immigrants coming to the United States can have widely varying experiences. (via Metafilter)
Any time you need to see lots of cats, check out this Tumblr site.
The 1851 Christiana Resistance: The Forgotten First Shots of the Civil War. A group of Pennsylvanians asserted their state's rights in opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act.
Here's a chart that ranks foods by calories per dollar, and by protein per dollar. You might also be interested in the page that ranks nutrients per dollar, because man does not live on bread alone. (via Boing Boing)
Flee Earth With Winning Images From the 2020 Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition.
A blast from the past (2016): The Story Behind “Frankie and Johnny.”
Thursday, September 10, 2020
The beginning of the development of plastic was to produce one particular little object that will surprise you, but yes, it did have something to do with the destruction of our natural environment. From there, people developed all kinds of plastic that have taken over the world. Learn about it in this new TED-Ed lesson.