A Chain Just Cut Through A Capsized Cargo Ship Filled With Cars And The Process Is Fascinating. (via Damn Interesting)
Moms Are Sharing How Much Their Hospital Bill Was For Giving Birth, And It’s Crazy How Different The Numbers Are.
The 12 Days of Christmas: The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol.
The DWR Champagne Chair Contest. A champagne chair is a dollhouse-sized chair made from the cap, cage, and/or cork from a champagne bottle. (via Nag on the Lake)
The Coming Resurrection of a Sleeping Art Nouveau Palace. Emmanuel Laurens had money, taste, and some unusual spiritual practices, but he couldn't keep any of it from the Nazis.
The Ripple Effect Of One Rural Colorado Doctor Catching The Coronavirus.
'This is not a lesson in forgiveness.' Why Frederick Douglass met with his former enslaver. (via Damn Interesting)
How Dinosaurs Thrived in the Snow. Discoveries made in the past decades help show how many species coped with cold temperatures near both poles.
A blast from the past (2017): 84 Years Ago Today: Goodbye Prohibition! (Update: 87 years ago tomorrow)
Friday, December 04, 2020
A Chain Just Cut Through A Capsized Cargo Ship Filled With Cars And The Process Is Fascinating. (via Damn Interesting)
As much as Disco talks, it's a good thing he knows a lot of different phrases. He jumps from one pop culture reference to another, sometimes garbling them a little, just enough to make you laugh! (via Tastefully Offensive)
Thursday, December 03, 2020
For Christmas 2020, Bill McClintock mashed up Slayer's "South of Heaven" with Wham!'s "Last Christmas." There's also a cameo appearance by Rammstein and McClintock himself with a festive guitar solo. The best edit in the song comes at about 3:20. Try not to laugh.
If you watch this video and are on the edge of your seat waiting for the glass to break, I can tell you it isn't going to -at least not when we can see it. It really is glass. Glass artist Matt Eskuche makes a lot of beautiful glass objects, but the most astonishing is the "impossible goblet." The incredibly thin stem shows off just how much play borosilicate glass can have! While your first thought may be "When is it going to break?" the second thought is "How can you ever wash this glass?" I can relate. (via Boing Boing)
There's someone for everyone, and Satan finds his true love in this ad for Match.com. Not only is it grimly hilarious, it's full of easter eggs. Her profile pic is a murder hornet. The actress appears to have subtle fangs. They're from the same home town! Check out the end zone lettering in the empty stadium. The fine print on the treadmill sign. The asteroids. It's perfect. This ad was written and directed by Ryan Reynolds and features a newly-recorded version of Taylor Swift's 2008 hit "Love Story." (via Today)
Update! Here's part two.
The No-Shave-November Gang 2020.
A Tale of Survival, Wrapped in a 19th-Century Reindeer-Skin Sleeping Bag.
Lucky Ducky and the return of the Deficit Hawk! The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
Why Everyone’s Suddenly Hoarding Mason Jars.
Thirty-five years ago, a Bouyei ethnic minority member was trafficked across China to a faraway village where nobody spoke her language. This year, she miraculously found her way home. (via Nag on the Lake)
A Roundup Of Surprising, Little-Known Die Hard Facts.
My Family Was In Shipping. An uncomfortable discussion of immigrant racism in America. (via Metafilter)
Four years of Melania Trump's White House Christmas decorations.
A blast from the past (2015): 8 Christmas Song Parodies to Sing This Holiday.
Star Wars Downunder is a 30-minute Star Wars adventure, made by guys on their home computers.
The film tells the story of a lone Jedi: Merve Bushwacker (David Nicoll), returning home after a long absence. His mission? To partake in a refreshing beverage, known locally as amber fluid. On his arrival, he is dismayed to discover the planet has become as dry as a dead dingo′s donger, thanks to the tyrannical rule of Darth Drongo. Drongo has hoarded all the amber fluid in his impenetrable fortress “Dunny’s Deep” for reasons unknown. Can Merve, and a motley collection of unlikely allies band together to topple Drongo’s evil regime? Will liberty and amber fluid flow freely once more?The production values are amazing, but you will probably have to keep the captions on, because this is all in Australian English, which is quite different from any other kind of English. (via Metafilter)
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
You might not recognize all of the themes in this overture, hey, you might not recognize any of them (though you should), but you certainly know the fanfare style of the tune that opens the show. This medley was conducted and arranged by Alan Williams and performed by musicians from London's West End. (Thanks, Tim Spellman!)
The Broomway is the notorious footpath to Foulness Island in Britain. It's narrow, unmarked, surrounded by sea, sticky mud, and quicksand, and sinks under the tide twice a day. Oh yeah, and there may be explosives. So of course, Tom Scott had to walk it to show us what we are missing.
The 1983 film A Christmas Story didn't make much of a splash when it was first released, but with television repeats over the years, it became a beloved classic for Gen X. Is it because the dysfunctional family makes the viewer feel better about their miserable childhoods by comparison? Or is it because the stories of a miserable childhood become funnier the more you tell them? As Screen Junkies shows us in this Honest Trailer, it's more likely the latter, as two kinds of memories collide to make A Christmas Story a holiday classic: Jean Shepherd's recollections of his childhood that grew into the semi-fictional sequences of the movie, and the shared experience of a generation of movie fans.
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Huh? I got kicked off YouTube? There were some links there, but nothing that would tell me why or what guidelines they think I am violating. I was tempted to just ignore it because I couldn't even recall what videos I had there, and I could still watch other stuff. But it was annoying because the type of videos I usually watch wouldn't come up in my recommendations on the home page, and I couldn't access my subscriptions. So I pulled up the appeal form and told them I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they suspended me, since I haven't uploaded a video in years. I didn't expect anything to happen, since I get notification of violations from AdSense occasionally, with no explanation, and no way to find out about them, and nothing ever happens. But this morning I woke to find another email.
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No apology, no explanation, but at least the second email had a "Hi there" and a "Sincerely." My subscriptions and recommendations are back, and I can see my own videos, which are mostly personal, although nothing special. I suppose I will never find out why someone thought I should be kicked off the platform.
It was certainly easier than the time I was kicked off Facebook for using an assumed name and had to submit proof that I am, indeed, Miss Cellania. They still made me change my name because titles aren't allowed, and "Miss" is a title, so I am one of the few Facebook users to go by a single name.
Then I thought of all the hoards of YouTube workers toiling away, checking accounts for violations, reading appeals, checking again, and I'm sure the same people aren't doing all three tasks. What a dreary job. Fighting spam and moderating comments used to be part of my job at Neatorama, and while it was annoying, it was just a small part of what I did. Doing that full time for a large platform has to be horrid. But it pales in comparison to those who fact check Facebook posts, knowing the wrath they evoke.
Jim Foley is a candidates for appellate court judge in ...oh, somewhere, it doesn't matter. What matters is that he and his bow tie have the greatest campaign ad ever. (via Warming Glow)
Update: Foley did not win the 2012 race this ad was made for, but the ad is still good for a giggle.
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Santa Claus feels like society has progressed to the point where he's a has-been. No one wants to sit in his lap, people no longer welcome late night intruders, and they like to track their packages with apps. In this video, the jolly old elf confides his anxieties to his psychotherapist.
It's an ad for the Norwegian Postal Service, produced by the agency Matias & Mathias. (via Laughing Squid)
Once when a storm was coming into the Los Angeles area, the KTLA morning crew had to give the same weather forecast over and over, with dramatic music. After a while, it got silly. Weatherman Henry DiCarlo looks like he planned something dramatic, but the air keyboard stylings of anchor Chris Schaubel gave everyone the giggles. (via reddit)
Every once in a while, you hear that a ridiculous percentage of internet users are merely algorithms. We design tests to exclude bots from making new accounts, leaving comments, or even consuming content. The bots are taught to pass the tests. So more complicated tests are designed. It has come to the point that a human not only has be human to pass these tests, but superhuman! Comedian Stevie Martin illustrates how we all feel competing against algorithms that have more patience, faster reflexes, and better eyesight than we do. In this version, the tests are not only difficult, but judgmental as well. (via reddit)
A brief history of the ginormous novelty holiday decoration. (via Digg)
Thumb Study Reveals Why One Ancient Human Had the Upper Hand Over Another. (via Damn Interesting)
Trump’s Already Gaming Out a 2024 Run—Including an Event During Biden’s Inauguration.
'World's Loneliest Elephant' has a New Home. Cher was in Pakistan to see him off, and also in Cambodia to welcome Kavaan after his journey.
Facts About It's A Wonderful Life You Probably Didn't Know.
The Rise and Fall of Tab. (via Digg)
'Is anybody in there?' Life on the inside as a locked-in patient. (via Damn Interesting)
Man receives racist letter over Black Santa decoration -- and neighbors have his back. (via Fark)
A blast from the past (2015): 8 Unusually Large Musical Instruments.
if you knew me before my 20s, you never actually knew me. you knew season 1 me. we were severely underfunded and the writing team was going through a lot.— Audrey Porne (@AudreyPorne) November 22, 2020
Monday, November 30, 2020
Dan Bull and Divide Music collaborated for this tongue-twisting tribute to The Mandalorian. Yes, it's a rap, but it retains the Western feel of the series. Good thing it has subtitles, because it moves pretty fast! (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Have you ever seen inside a pregnant elephant? Asha is a third of the way through her pregnancy, that's eight months of 22, so the calf isn't due until 2022! Veterinarians at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens took a look with an ultrasound and saw the head, trunk, and legs as the little fellow seems to have plenty of room to move around. Read more about Asha and the zoo's other Asian elephants at Bored Panda.
DoodleChaos programmed three falling balls to play Bach's Prelude in C Major as they bounce down an incline. You will be hypnotized.
I coded a simulation in Unity which generates bouncy blocks to represent piano notes at the correct position so the physics can make music. It was a fun project to make sure that all the constraints I wanted were met. There is a lot of room to improve it, my approach ended up being a pretty brute force search for the best bounce trajectory based on the future camera position. I also included penalties for crossing the path of another ball because they could get bunched up and not find any valid moves.Yeah, yeah, that's all very interesting; just watch the result.
Meet the Nazi ‘Indiana Jones’ Behind the Third Reich’s Hunt for the Holy Grail. (via Strange Company)
Shane Mitchell tells us about sugarcane: its history, how it's harvested and processed, the state of the industry, and its legacy. (via Metafilter)
The Promise That Tested My Parents Until the End. A heartbreaking story of a 50-year marriage.
Iceland brought huge scientific heft to its attempts to contain and study the coronavirus. Here’s what it learnt. (via Digg)
Rebecca Solnit: On Not Meeting Nazis Halfway. (via Kottke)
Charles Crocker’s Spite Fence.
Melissa Trierweiler illustrates funny stories about Disney Princesses with dolls at her site The Official Princess Club. See a roundup of 30 representative episodes from over the years at Bored Panda.
The most stressed out I've ever been about Christmas... (via the Daily Dot)
Just republished: 10 Famous Birthdays to Celebrate in December.
It certainly appears that this springy cat jumps when he hears the "boing" sound in the Mario game. However, when you realize this video is from master sound editor Ignoramusky, you realize that the sound effects were added later. Works perfectly! (via Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly)
So sad to hear David Prowse has passed. He was a kind man & much more than Darth Vader. Actor-Husband-Father-Member of the Order of the British Empire-3 time British Weightlifting Champion & Safety Icon the Green Cross Code Man. He loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VbDrGu6iBz— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 29, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
DJ Cummerbund did a mashup of "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor and "Jump" by Van Halen (with a few other songs thrown in), a couple tunes you'd never think to put together, but it works in some strange way. (via Metafilter)
There have been several parodies of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire"over the course of this year, each one becoming obsolete in a hurry as more outrageous stuff happens. This one came in October, so it doesn't cover the post-election meltdown, but with years of scandals gushing like a firehose, it has plenty. The singer is Jen Houston.
Maru and Hana have a new kitten! Miri the young calico was rescued from a roadside gutter (what we would call a ditch) and brought to mugumogu for adoption. Miri is settling in just fine, and will soon find out what it's like to go from the gutter to internet stardom.
In Miri's first video, she starts out shy and reticent, then eats, and finally becomes comfortable enough to chase her own tail and play with her new mama's finger. Maru, now 13 years old, is as inscrutable as ever when meeting the new family member, but he does have something to say about her. It isn't long before Maru begins to teach Miri the ins and outs of their perfect cat-centric home, as you see in the above video. (via Metafilter)
(via Everlasting Blort)
If you reckon you’re too busy these days (or not busy enough), check out these items from Leonardo da Vinci’s rather challenging “to-do” lists, as recorded in his notebooks ~ thx https://t.co/OYVrl8Ly5H pic.twitter.com/8abqnBCj6W— Journal of Art in Society (@artinsociety) November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
It wasn't just the Greeks; everywhere we look there are ancient writings that mention all kinds of colors, but not blue. Figuring out why takes us on a journey through time and culture and the relationship between language and observation. (via The Mary Sue)
Mister Rogers had Margaret Hamilton on his show to help children deal with scary characters. In case you didn't know, she played the Wicked Witch of the West in the movie The Wizard of Oz. This is as cute as can be. (via reddit)
Maybe we should give up this life of crime and go roller skating! The ad for Roller Kingdom in Reno, Nevada was produced by Rhett & Link. Oh yeah, the kidnapper became the owner of the rink, the gang leader became the skate instructor, and the drug dealer is now the rink DJ. All's well that ends well! (via b3ta)
Friday, November 27, 2020
The song is called Prisencolinensinainciusol, written by Italian artist Adriano Celentano in 1972. Recorded by Celentano and Claudia Mori in an American accent, it sounds like it should be English, but the lyrics are pure gibberish. The accompaniment is by Celentano’s wife Claudia Mori, although actress Raffaella Carrà lip-syncs it in the video. Celentano said,
"Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did. So at a certain point, because I like American slang — which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian — I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn't mean anything."
This video caused a sensation when I posted it in October of 2009; too bad all the links to it were borked when I moved from Squarespace to Blogger. (Squarespace export files do not translate to Blogger, so I have tons of material that may never get back on my site.) In 2012, Adriano Celentano released a much longer remix of the song and video for a new audience. You can see that one here. The song contains a lot of filler, but you get to see the extended beginning skit as it was shown on TV.
Okay, it's been six years since the last time I posted this, so I think it's okay to listen to the song again.
Glamour magazine recorded Dolly Parton watching and reacting to YouTube covers of her songs. She is a delight. There's also the artists' reactions to Dolly's reactions. Watch all this happiness will have to make you smile. (via Metafilter) https://www.metafilter.com/189529/I-love-it-when-people-sing-my-songs
19. Drop Zone Portable Service Inc., Frankfort, Ill.
18. Blackman's Best Seat In The House Inc., Bradley, Ill.
17. Plop Jon Inc., Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
16. A.S.A.P. Port-A-Pots Inc., Hampstead, Md.
15. Ameri-Can Engineering, Argos, Ind.
14. Bobby’s Pottys, White Marsh, Md.
13. Johnny On The Spot Inc., Old Bridge, N.J.
12. LepreCAN Portable Restrooms, Chicago
11. Loader-Up, Inc., Sarasota, Fla.
10. Mister Bob’s Portable Toilets, Vero Beach, Fla.
9. Royal Throne, Allentown, PA
8. Tanks Alot, Tomball, Tex.
7. Tee Pee Inc., Roseville, Mich.
6. Wizards of Ooze Ltd., Anacortes, Wash.
5. Oui Oui Enterprises Ltd., Chicago
4. Gotta Go Potties, Stroudsburg, Pa.
3. UrinBiz.com, Chicago (apparently changed their name or went out of business)
2. Willy Make It? Oregon City, Oregon
1. Doodie Calls, New Orleans
Just to make sure, I looked all of these up for your convenience. Kirby Barlett-Sloan also submitted Tardis Portable Toilets. And D. Webb told us about Nix Tank Company, which has the slogan "A royal flush beats a full house!"
One Of America's Most Nightmarish Monsters Was A Nice Old Lady. Read the story of Georgia Tann and her long reign of terror at Cracked.
My kitten Charlie loves the laundry hamper. He’ll meow and whine until you put upside down so he can become a kitty Roomba.
Trump's attempted coup plays out, in Chagrin Falls, USA. The latest fromTom the Dancing Bug.
A History of Felines, as Narrated and Illustrated by a Cat. Baba not only channels fascinating cats in history, but models costumes of their era.
During the late night recording session for "We Are The World," a spontaneous but appropriate tribute to Harry Belafonte broke out.
Culled mink rise from the dead to Denmark's horror. Somewhere, someone just got five in a row on their 2020 bingo card. (via Boing Boing)
New Chemistry and the Birth of Public Hygiene. What better way to clean up pollution than to flood it with acid vapors? (via Damn Interesting)
David's father is a fan of the movie The Terminator, but David isn't allowed to watch it, because it might scare him. In this webcomic story from Doogie Horner, David finally sees the movie. (via Metafilter)
A blast from the past (2015): These 9 NASA Posters Give Astronauts the Celebrity Treatment.
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Most folks (outside of Switzerland) say that Bern is the capital of Switzerland. But it's not, really, it's just the place where federal offices are, because they have to go somewhere. Switzerland actually has no capital city, and that's okay, as there's no global rule that nations must have one. This video is only five minutes long; the rest is an ad. (via Laughing Squid)
I actually watched a Hallmark Christmas movie for the first time, this past Halloween, with my mother. We both endured the whole thing, thinking maybe the other was enjoying it, but afterward we both admitted that it awful. I now feel as if I've seen them all. So here, in four minutes, you can see what they are all about, and the caliber of acting is every bit as good as any made-for-TV Christmas movie. Now you'll never have to sit through a whole one.
Working on this video was a true joy. I've been playing video games since the mid 80's when I first got a hold of an Atari. Since then, they have been a part of many cherished memories with friends as well as solo adventures. When we were talking about the making of this video, I asked jeremy if we should make up our own games or straight up feature the ones we grew up with. We decided to just go for it and each made lists of some of our favorites. This proved to be a very difficult curation, as my intention was not just to show a random selection of games, but to also choose moments within those games that had a particular significance to us while also going hand in hand with the song. I hope you all enjoy!
The Saga of Gerald, the Turkey From Hell, Who Nearly Destroyed Oakland.
Fine Feathered Fiends: 6 Bizarre Turkey Attacks. Not counting Gerald.
Recounting your blessings: a roundup of editorial cartoons for the holiday.
Their Loved Ones Died Of COVID. The Holidays This Year Will Be Completely Different.
Mandalorian "Jeans Guy" Goes Viral.
This cat took the whole "nine lives" thing to heart apparently.
Hunting Season at the Nursing Home. You can see more pictures here. (via reddit)
The Inside Of This New Jersey Mansion Is An Unexpected Santa's Workshop On Steroids.
My Hunt for the Original McDonald’s French-Fry Recipe. Plus a history of their fries and a cooking lesson.
A blast from the past (2015): 9 Breathtaking German Castles.
Ask young children about Thanksgiving, and they will tell you what they know -which isn't much. And what they know can be hilariously fused with non-Thanksgiving stuff. Just picture the Pilgrims in a cave wearing loincloths eating pickles and salami for Thanksgiving. These kids are good at bluffing their way through, which will serve them well in the higher grades -and in their careers. (via Uproxx)
I haven’t been doing much of anything lately but I did string together a bunch of clips where Bernie Sanders thanks musicians because him saying Soccer Mommy in his New York accent is never not funny to me. pic.twitter.com/qfzttprHEg— Andy Nguyen (@Andy_Truc) November 18, 2020
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Writer and comedian Keaton Patti wrote a Batman script as if it were rendered by a neural network. While this is just plain bizarre, no bot could be this funny. This reaction video contains plenty of contagious laughter. See the animated version, too. (via reddit)
(via Everlasting Blort)
They penned this as the #YouCanBeABCs with Sam.— Robert C Stern (@RobertCStern) October 27, 2020
This is the ABC's we should be teaching our youth.#keepdreaming #kids #education #success #goals #tuesdaythoughts #tuesdaymotivation pic.twitter.com/NrnBWchWMk
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Fifty-four years before Marilyn Monroe starred in The Seven Year Itch, the same scene of a white dress being blown by an updraft from a sidewalk vent was shown to theater patrons. The 1901 movie was called What Happened on Twenty-third Street, New York City, and it was all of 77 seconds long. The film was presented as a slice of life, but it was scripted, and starred Florence Georgie and A.C. Abadie. The surviving film was in pretty bad condition. This copy has been restored and modernized by artificial intelligence.
1. Removed noise artifacts and stabilized original print.
2. Increased frame interpolation from 15 fps to 60 fps, using AI neural networks.
3. Increased to 4K resolution using AI upscaling.
4. Added color using Deoldify, a deep learning AI process.
Oh yeah, they added a bit of sound, too. The result is altogether charming. (via Nag on the Lake)
"IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN"... I didn't look up the original reference.
"A DEFINITE TREND IS EVIDENT"... These data are practically meaningless.
"WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS"... An unsuccessful experiment, but I still hope to get it published.
"THREE OF THE SAMPLES WERE CHOSEN FOR DETAILED STUDY"... The other results didn't make any sense.
"TYPICAL RESULTS ARE SHOWN"... This is the prettiest graph.
"THESE RESULTS WILL BE IN A SUBSEQUENT REPORT"... I might get around to this sometime, if pushed/funded.
"IN MY EXPERIENCE"... Once
"IN CASE AFTER CASE"... Twice
"IN A SERIES OF CASES"... Thrice
"IT IS BELIEVED THAT"... I think
"IT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT"... A couple of others think so, too.
"CORRECT WITHIN AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE"... Wrong.
"ACCORD1NG TO STATISTICAL ANALYSIS"... Rumor has it.
"A STATISTICALLY-ORIENTED PROJECTION OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE FINDINGS"... A wild guess.
"A CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF OBTAINABLE DATA"... Three pages of notes were obliterated when I knocked over a glass of Mountain Dew.
"IT IS CLEAR THAT MUCH ADDITIONAL WORK WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE A COMPLETE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS PHENOMENON OCCURS"... I don't understand it
"AFTER ADDITIONAL STUDY BY MY COLLEAGUES"... They don't understand it either.
"THANKS ARE DUE TO JOE BLOTZ FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THE EXPERIMENT AND TO CINDY ADAMS FOR VALUABLE DISCUSSIONS"... Mr. Blotz did the work and Ms. Adams explained to me what it meant.
"A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT AREA FOR EXPLORATORY STUDY"... A totally useless topic selected by my committee.
"IT IS HOPED THAT THIS STUDY WILL STIMULATE FURTHER INVESTIGATION IN THIS FIELD"... I quit.