Monday, August 31, 2020


Marvel's Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman portrayed iconic historical figures like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall in movies, but was most familiar to audiences as King T'Challah, aka the Black Panther. Marvel Entertainment released this moving tribute to Boseman, who died Friday after a four-year battle with cancer. (via Uproxx)


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Girl Takes Off with Kite

Nanliao, Taiwan, near Hsinchu City, hosted a kite festival amid unusually strong winds this past weekend. When one of the kites was launched, it dragged along a 3-year-old girl who had become entangled in the kite's tail. She was flung high in the air before kite operators could pull the kite down, and the crowd caught the little girls as she descended. The unidentified girl was not injured, at least physically. See a video from another angle below, in which the kite is prepared for launch. It takes off at about :45 in.

The child was rushed to a hospital, and was found to have only suffered a few scratches. The kite festival was immediately suspended. (via Geekologie)

Back to School

Good luck out there, everyone. This comic is from Chris Grady at Lunarbaboon.

Goodbye, August!

She Did It!

Earlier this summer, planes spent a lot of time on the ground when everyone canceled their vacation and business trips. That led to some shenanigans among flight crews. Flight attendant Lindsey O'Brien proved that she could close four overhead bins with her feet. Not only did she do that while supporting her body weight with her arms, she was doing in in a skirt and high heels!
"I used to do yoga and I was a cheerleader growing up so my core is pretty strong and I had to see if I could do it,” O’Brien told the outlet after her friend “wanted to try the move.”
(via Dave Barry)

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A Chinese Scholar is Domesticated by His Cat. Read eight poems that tell the tale in this Twitter thread, or at Threadreader. Those who have cats will understand completely. (via Metafilter)

When a man marries three woman and they all die, one starts to question the circumstances. Still, you would think that anyone with a lick of sense would space the murders out so that they didn't form an obvious pattern.

Forensics on Trial: America’s First Blood Test Expert. Was it pig blood, or did he murder his pregnant girlfriend? (via Damn Interesting

Stanford University Students Flock to a Virtual Campus. Club Cardinal is an online version of the Stanford University campus that students can inhabit online and meet up with each other through both avatars and video chat.

Trump Asked For A Chance To Fix America's "Chaos" In 2016. He's Asking For The Same After Four Years As President.

Could be worse: The Beast of Gévaudan and the French ‘Werewolf’ epidemic

Frog and Toad Tentatively Go Outside After Months In Self-Quarantine.

The Afterlife of Pizza Huts. More here.

A blast from the past (2011): Animals on Piano.

The Walk

(via Fark)

Robot Love

I posted this ten years ago, and have no idea how I ever found it. The video still has less then 2K views.

Tweet of the Day

(via Buzzfeed)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

When the Background is More Interesting

The Wizard of Speed and Time

Mike Jittlov made this short in 1979, specifically to show up the special effects. Almost a decade later, he expanded it into a full-length feature film. Read the story here. (via Weird Universe)

Instant Karma

Redditor SoDakZak saw a funny sign in Sioux Falls and posted a picture to reddit. It received more than 71,000 upvotes. And less than a day later, the sign was changed.

The followup picture has more than twice as many upvotes. Now SoDakZak is happy he didn't sign up with a pornographic user ID. He really should go in and see if he can get a free ice cream. 

Rabbit Introduction

When all is said and done, it's the survival of the cutest. Grants are disbursed for weirder reasons. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

We Have It!

(Thanks, WTM!)

Basically A Tom Scott Video

We've been watching videos from Tom Scott for years now. Personally, my favorite is still this one. They have become so familiar that Matt Colbo made one, too. While the information about the subject is useless, his impression is amazing. (via Laughing Squid)

Meanwhile, the real Tom is overdue for a haircut.

I Am

Celebrity Lullaby

Ricky Gervais sings a terrifying lullaby to Elmo. (via Best Week Ever)

Tweet of the Day

(via Bored Panda)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Musical Instrument

Yes, And?


Christina Aguilera sings the song from the live-action remake of Mulan. (via Mashable)

Yard Sale

(via reddit)

Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman

In honor of Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday at age 43 after battling cancer for four years, here is the best non-political skit SNL has aired in the 21st century.  

Self-Driving Cars

One would think that "avoiding obstacles" would be a better priority. Before I started teaching my kids to drive, we went over the three most important things about driving. 1. Don't hit anything, 2. don't let anything hit you, and 3. get where you are going. That covers it pretty well, I think. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.


A Ride in the Snow

To cool you off in August. (Thanks, WTM!)

Black Hole Sun

Performed by Igor Presnyakov. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Friday, August 28, 2020

Lost Language

The History of The Universe in 13,799 Dominoes

Kurtis Baute set up thousands of dominoes in order to tell the story of the universe. The more you watch this, the crazier you realize it is. Not only does he set up and topple 13,799 dominoes, he also narrates a timeline of the universe as it happens, with each domino representing a million years. The timing had to be precise, the props along the way had to be work without knocking over dominoes, and if he screwed up too much, that's a lot of dominoes to reset. I believe the sparkler didn't work right, but he didn't stop, and they edited that in. Just designing this idea had to be a ton of work! But don't get distracted by overthinking all that, or by his obvious nervousness and heavy breathing. The story he's telling is fascinating in itself. (via Geekologie

School Supplies

(via reddit)

A Brief History of Salt and Pepper

Why do salt and pepper always go together, and why are they the only two additives found on all restaurant tables in Western nations? It wasn't always this way, and to find out how it happened, BBC Ideas gives us a short history of both salt and pepper. (via Laughing Squid)


Yeah, we say things all the time that make no sense if you take them literally. When I was a child, I would cringe every time any dad said, "Keep your eyes peeled..." because I has seen my mother peel apples and did NOT want that to happen to my eyes! This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Rock Broke

How I Deal With Kids Playing in My Driveway

CanyonChasers gets an alert from his security system when someone comes onto his property. A surveillance camera shows who it is. This summer, it went off every evening at about the same time. What is he going to do about it? I think you'll enjoy the scheme he came up with. (via reddit)

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The International Garden Photographer of the Year Macro Awards. (via Kottke)

Interracial Couple’s Home Receives Higher Appraisal After Removing All Signs of Blackness From the House—Including the Wife.

Sean Kelly says: One of the big problems with "dark and gritty" Batman movies is that the people writing them can't craft a mystery that's so complex only Batman can solve it, so Batman's "superpower" ends up being "the ability to violate people's Constitutional rights." Then he crafts a Batman plot that will work in the 21st century. (via Metafilter)

18 Animal Misconceptions We Learned From Movies & TV. 

The Facts and Fiction of Chicago's Prohibition-Era Bootlegging Tunnels.

The Mountains Where Manna Flows From Trees. Giulio Gelardi has spent 40 years growing, perfecting, and promoting manna for a new generation.    

LSD microdose trial for acute pain relief reports “remarkable” results. (via Damn Interesting)

The Fascinating Story of Kool-Aid.

Amazon has a serious problem with counterfeit products, and it's all because of something called "commingled inventory." (via TYWKIWDBI)

A blast from the past (2016): The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.

Guess the Song

(via reddit)

Illiterate City

The Jackson 5 mashed up with Guns 'n' Roses. Yeah, there's no video, but the sound is well worth the sacrifice.

Tweet of the Day

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hunter Needs Glasses

Frasier the Sensuous Lion

A lion named Frasier managed to sire 35 cubs in an 18-month period, despite the fact that he was an elderly cat, 19 years old when that particular adventure started. Frazier became famous for his feat, and even starred in a movie- although he was less successful as an actor than as a leonine sex symbol. Learn Frasier's story in this video from Popular Science. (via Digg)

Sitcom Pitch

(via reddit)

Stay-at-Home Superheroes

We can all be superheroes! This comic is from Safely Endangered. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

2020 Funpocalypse Bingo

Hugh D'Andrade made up this Bingo card so that we can keep up with, and maybe win a game, as if that will make anything better. (via Boing Boing)

El Rio Claro

Dane Jackson takes us along on a mesmerizing kayak ride down the rio Claro in Chile. 
 It is one of my favorite runs in the world, and by far one of the most beautiful. The chrystal clear water, the towering overhanging walls of the gorge, and the endless drops. It is a place like one other, and I am always counting down the days till I can drop back in.
(via Laughing Squid)

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Optimal Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches. You could say it's bananas, but it's mainly an illustration of overthinking.  (via Metafilter)

A New Emu War Over Pronunciation. Is it ee-moo or ee-mew? (via Damn Interesting)

Alexander the Great - Submariner extraordinaire! (via Everlasting Blort)

New Zealanders Share Pics Of What A ‘Hellhole’ Their Country Is.

Make Your Own Giant Sidewalk Chalk. (via Nag on the Lake)

A Brief History of the Mason Jar.

News of the Times: Trump Caught Actually Killing COVID Patients. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Damn Interesting is offering up a browser game where you need to diffuse a bomb. The occasion for the game launch is to commemorate a bombing incident 40 years ago. A fascinating true story that would make a good movie.

The Complete Illustrated Catalog of ACME Products. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2011): The Lion of Gripsholm Castle.

A Good Cat

(via reddit)

Birth of the Blues

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, and Sammy Davis, Jr. at the Kiel Opera House in St Louis, 1965. (Thanks, Holistic CPA!)

Tweet of the Day

(via Nag on the Lake)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Unfortunate Lighting Failure

(via Bad Menu)

Wash Your Hands

Don't lick them! (via reddit)

How Many Members of Your Sign Does It Take to Change a Lightbulb?

I don't pay any attention to astrology, but I found this in the archives and thought it might be amusing. Now, about changing that light bulb...

ARIES: Just one. Wanna make something of it?

TAURUS: Well, I prefer natural light if at all possible. Are you absolutely positive that lightbulb is burned out? I hate to throw it away if it still might be useful.

GEMINI: Probably one is best, because if there are more than one, they'll get so wrapped up in talking to each other that they'll forget all about the lightbulb.

CANCER: Only one, but three therapists will be needed to help with the grieving process. OR: Only one, as long as his mommy holds his hand.

LEO: Leos do not change their own lightbulbs. They find someone else to do it for them.

VIRGO: 1.11111119873, give or take .00000000000013%.

LIBRA: Well, I could do it, unless of course you'd prefer to do it, but you look sort of busy right now. What do you want to do?

SCORPIO: One, from across the room, if they've learned their teleporting lessons well enough.
OR, thanks to one of our website visitors: None, because Scorpios aren't afraid of the dark.

SAGITTARIUS: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got the rest of our lives ahead of us and you're worrying about a stupid light bulb?

CAPRICORN: I don't have time for these foolish jokes.

AQUARIUS: Well, you see, energy is really matter and matter is really energy and light is a form of energy but the light bulb is matter, and--

PISCES: What light bulb?

Don't Worry

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Home Remedy Turns Cat into Pikachu.

The 70 Million-Year-Old History of the Mississippi River

47 Pairs of Unrelated Movies Described with the Same Sentence.

Dad is always the *extra* child.

If People Talked to Other Professionals the Way They Talk to Teachers. (via Metafilter)

How Much is a Buttload?  It is a lot.

Learning to Survive Life at 130 Degrees — And Above.

5 Festivals That Turned Into Hilarious Disasters. Only hilarious if you didn't buy a ticket.

I’ve discovered that almost every single article on the Scots version of Wikipedia is written by the same person - an American teenager who can’t speak Scots. More discussion at Metafilter.

A blast from the past (2016): 8 Prison Animal Programs.

Cats Sing the Classics

It's time for another LOLcat collection! This time, the cats are singing the classics. Continue reading for more. 

High Tech Noon

Darryl Gold re-edited the classic western High Noon to include killer robots. (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Clever Defense

Still dangerous. (via Bad Newspaper)

An Honest Trailer for Mean Girls

Tina Fey read the nonfiction book Queen Bees and Wannabees, about the toxic culture of teen girls, and wrote a fictional treatment which became a big hit in 2004. Mean Girls was a fetch comedy that struck close to home for a generation and then some. This Honest Trailer is pretty straightforward, because the movie was everything it aimed to be.

No Exercise

(via reddit)

Bongo Cat in Space

What's better than cats in space? cats in space playing music! Alex Pogorelov gave Bongo Cat the 3D animation treatment and sent him into space to spread joy along the cosmos. (via Laughing Squid)

Release the Kraken!

Click to the right to advance the comic. I can tell you this story has a happy ending. It's from Ricky Hawkins at Inky Rickshaw Comics. (via reddit)


(Thanks, WTM!)

Which Is "Bouba", and Which Is "Kiki"?

Do sounds have shapes? Or do shapes have sounds? Does it depend on which language you know? The answers require a deep dive into linguistics, a discipline which really doesn't have enough research into questions like these. Tom Scott gives us an overview of what we know and what we don't.


(via Fark)

Raspberry Duet

Flapping lips are a lot funnier in slow motion. The music makes it! (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day

Monday, August 24, 2020

No Thank You

(via Bad Menu)


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Platonic Relationship

Click to the right to advance the comic. You have to wonder how Plato would react to it now. This comic is from Adam at A Big Old Head. He says you can call him Abi Goldhead if you like. (via reddit)

The Worst Attraction in Each State

Matt Shirley polled his Instagram followers and then constructed this map. It's not just his opinions. I've been to a few of these (Disney World, Stone Mountain, Graceland, Times Square, Mall of America, the Corn Palace, and Hollywood), and I wouldn't argue about them.


Neo Takes The Blue Pill

In every life there's a point where the road forks, and you must choose which way to go, which affects everything that comes after. In the movie The Matrix, the protagonist Neo takes the red pill and goes down the rabbit hole. But what if he didn't? What if he had chosen the blue pill instead (in this case, it's not Viagra)? VFX creator Chris Ume takes the road not traveled, and the story become an entirely different movie, with the help of deep fake technology. Still, one thing revealed is that it takes more than just a face alone to make Keanu Reeves. (via Digg)


(via Fark)

Amazing Grace

Performed by the Blind Boys of Alabama to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun."

Sunday, August 23, 2020

What Did She Expect?

I think she just wants to talk on the phone. (via Bad Newspaper)


(via reddit)

Craft Beer

From the webcomic Vadik? which is no doubt funnier if you can read the Russian language. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Jim Beam

(Thanks WTM!)

The Hoo Hoo Trio

Johnny Wilson of Eclectic Method was caught in the lockdown at his home in Barcelona, but he didn't stop his creative efforts. He tried out some new animation tools and created the Hoo Hoo Trio -a CGI lion, panda, and owl who play jazz. Their first song is called "Feathers and Fur."  (via Laughing Squid)


(via Fark)

Elder Sign

This video is 11 years old, but it seems so modern. Some people will believe the most outlandish theories if there's a chance if could make them feel better. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, August 22, 2020

One-Stop Shopping

(via Bad Menu)

Billie Jean

A cover version by The Civil Wars. Amazing what talented people can do with a good song. (via a comment at reddit)

Medical Condition

(via reddit)