Friday, August 07, 2020


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Behind the Scenes of Classic Disney Films

Video artist Duncan Evans gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how Disney created the special effects in the 1942 movie Bambi. You always wondered how they did that, right? Then he skipped to 1994 with a special look at the making of The Lion King

See more of Evans' creative videos at Instagram. (via Everlasting Blort)

Moving House

This is the kind of sadness that pizza and beer will assuage -at least that's what I've heard. As far as breaking things, I have learned from experience that you get what you pay for in house moving services. About 30 years ago, my then-husband's new co-workers helped us set up in a new town, and the one person he would work most closely with dropped our huge TV. Things were never good between them afterward. But they are only things, and the resentment was never worth the energy. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.


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The Science Against Making Tea in a Microwave. I use the barbaric American method, because I need some hot caffeine in a hurry, and I already have a microwave that needs to justify its continued existence.

A chilling tale from the Crypt of Murder: "Death by Donald!" The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Number Fever: The Pepsi Contest That Became a Deadly Fiasco. (via Damn Interesting)

See 30 species of odd-looking bats with names like the hammer-headed bat, the yellow-winged bat, the little white-shouldered bat, the big-eared woolly bat, the desert long-eared bat, the eastern tube-nosed bat, and the wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat.

The Truth Behind A Viral Picture Of A Reopening School Is Worse Than It Looked. The students who posted the pictures have been suspended.

How Many Habitable Planets Can One Star Have?

Nine Eyewitness Accounts of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Warning: these accounts are disturbing and sometimes graphic.

How the Electoral College made America's pandemic response worse.

The Nazi Interrogator Who Killed Them With Kindness. 

A blast from the past (2016): 12 Uses for Pickle Juice.


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How Morning Glories Climb

It looks like they are flailing around blindly, which of course they are because they are plants. But do you know how complicated it is for them to do this? They have to control the rate of growth to be faster on one side of the vine than the other, because that's how plants move.

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Thursday, August 06, 2020

Bring Your Tools

In My Particular Case

If you cannot make up your mind what subject to make a film about, how about making a film about the struggle to decide? Or maybe, don't do that. Chico Jofilsan did just that, and it ended ups being strangely meta. (via Laughing Squid)


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Wedding Shoot Goes Awry

What we have here is a shocking example of how everything can change in an instant. Photographer Mahmoud Nakib was doing a wedding photo session for Dr. Israa Seblani and Ahmad Sbeih in Beirut. As he shot video of the bride, Dr. Seblani, in her stunning dress, the port side of the city exploded. They were almost a mile away from the epicenter of the blast, but you can see what kind of shock wave it had. The bride, groom, and photographer were not injured. However, they are probably as traumatized as the rest of the city's residents. (via Bored Panda)

Pain in the Neck

Isn't it delightful when a fictional world becomes self-aware? This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.


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Making Heads Turn

Movie stars are photographed from all angles, and if you make enough movies, eventually all those angles will end up on movie posters. Duncan Robson compiled enough movie posters featuring the biggest stars to make animated sequences of them turning their heads! The effect is a bit disconcerting, probably more so to the actors themselves. (via Digg)

Civil Disobedience

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The Mirror Scene

Lucille Ball and Harpo Marx recreate the classic mirror scene from the movie Duck Soup on the TV show I Love Lucy.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2020

As One Does

Dog Park

Apparently this is a true story. (via reddit)


Just plain cute. (via a comment at Boing Boing)

Photo Deposit

My kids amazed me by showing me how they deposit any physical checks they receive by taking a picture of it. Technology can do so much, but at the same time, we've lost something. One kid asked me to stop by the bank and explain some problem she was having. "Why don't you do that yourself? They know you," I said. Turns out the idea of interacting with anyone in a business setting instills anxiety among some members of Gen Z. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Always Mad

The Upside of Herpes

When I hear the word "herpes," I automatically think "the gift that keeps on giving." But maybe I should switch that to "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger." People with latent herpes hiding in their cells may have some advantages in their immune system. In our world of modern medicine, it's most certainly not worth contracting a case, but research into how our bodies harness the virus might someday lead to replicating the good effects without the bad. (Thanks, SnowMan!)

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These Countries Have The Best Food On Earth.

Submissions for Mississippi's New Flag.  The only rules were that the design must contain the words "In God We Trust," and that no Confederate flags are used. (via Metafilter)

How Do People Actually 'Die From Old Age'?

Dinosaurs Suffered From Cancer, Too.

These Strange Rock Formations Have Been a Filmmaking Hotspot for Over a Century. You might recognize them.

Small town newspaper obituary for a COVID-19 victim blames Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and covidiots everywhere.

50 Years of Feeling Bobbie Gentry’s "Fancy."

Fungus Controls Behavior of Zombie Cicadas. (via Boing Boing)

District Judge Carlton Reeves was bound by law to uphold qualified immunity for a cop who abused a man during a traffic stop. But his opinion on the case lays out in detail why the existing law is abusive, inhumane, and downright wrong. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2011): Nyan Cat: Covering the Web in Cute.

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Do Any Animals Survive Being Swallowed Alive? In a word, yes.

My Cat Wanted to Blog, So I Let Him Write This One.

Doomsday Prepping in the Belle Epoque. See how folks prepared for Halley's comet to end the world in 1910.

Dogs in the (Vintage) News. (via Strange Company)

How Henrietta Lacks Became the Mother of Modern Medicine.

When the Bobcats Came to Visit.

9 Books That Predicted the Future.

What's It Worth? Just Ask Jeff Foxworthy.

The Couple Who Adopted 30 Kids. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2016): 12 Celebrities Who Have Officiated Weddings.

Cat Video

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Subway Stop Hoedown

Buskers with a fiddle and banjo play, while four dancers join in for the fun of it. I think this was in Toronto. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Tuesday, August 04, 2020


An Honest Trailer for Starship Troopers

The problem with making a satirical movie is that if you are at all subtle, the satire can be completely missed. And so it was with the 1997 film Starship Troopers. It was supposed to be a sendup of overly militaristic speculative fiction, but ended up way too close to what it was supposed to satirize. It fulfilled the audience's desire for space aliens, sex, and carnage so well that they didn't care what the aim was. Or was it a case that the movie was just so bad that director Paul Verhoeven came up with the excuse that it was a satire after the fact? In any case, you can see from this Honest Trailer how the audience might have been confused. Sure, the plot, characters, and themes were over-the-top, but so were many other steroid-laden movies of the time. The lesson to take from Starship Troopers is that if you are going to make a movie satire, do like Mel Brooks or the Zucker brothers and put some laughs into it.  

Theoretical Traffic Stop

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Can't Touch This, COVID-19 Version

Dr. Quentin J. Lee is principal of Childersburg High School in Alabama, and is doing his best to promote and enforce new safety rules as school opens for the fall, to the tune of "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer. If it takes a catchy song to explain social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing, he's game to do what it takes. He pulled it off well! (via reddit)

Dr. Lee's previous video about COVID-19 is pretty good, too.

King of the Jungle

Click to the right to advance the comic. Animals, as well as people, should take their own reputations too seriously. This comic is from Ben Hed of Pet Foolery.


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It's the 90s!

You can't get more modern than the 90s, can you? The movies thought so, and they didn't miss an opportunity to tell us, as evidenced in this supercut from Everything is Terrible. (via Digg)

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Playwright Topher Payne gives us a different ending for Shel Silverstein's book The Giving Tree, one in which the tree actually teaches the boy to become a better person. (via Digg)

Penises Are Much Shorter Than You Think

Was King Arthur a Real Person? The character we know so well was based on five historical figures. (via Damn Interesting)

This devastating video encapsulates the Trump/GOP horror show in 3 minutes. Contains NSFW language.

The Death of the Garrett Family: Murder or Accident? It went unsolved because everyone involved looked equally as guilty. (via Strange Company)

Microbes from Millions of Years Ago Revived in Lab. What could possibly go wrong? (via Metafilter)

When Jagger and Jimi, Pink Floyd, and The Cream Rocked the Rafters at Ricky-Tick.

Farting in an operating room. For science!

The Surprising Importance of Skunks in the History of Chicago.

A blast from the past (2011): Cuckoos and Other Animated Clocks.


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Tipping Echidna

Funny and cute! This baby echidna hasn't learned the exact way to maneuver. (via Dark Roasted Blend)

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Monday, August 03, 2020

Ya Think?

Top 12

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Finish It

Be careful with the ultimatums you give your children, because they will test you to the limit. how much is it worth to you? This story is from Tyler Martin at Puddlemunch Comics.

Grocery Store Warning


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Political Campaign Debate

Batman runs against the Penguin. (via Bits and Pieces)

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Baseball 2020, while it lasts. (via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Suspicious Vehicle

What Do Aliens Look Like?

Aliens in TV shows and movies often have the same size and shape as human beings, which correlates somewhat with the production's budget. But in the real universe, we have no idea what alien life would look like, even intelligent life. What if intelligent life already exists, but those beings are so different from us that we can't even recognize that they exist, much less what they are like? They may know we exist, but why would they bother to communicate with us if we are no more important to them than insects are to us? Kurzgesagt gives us some food for thought.


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The Ancient Art of Painting on Water

Turkish artist Garip Ay shows us the art of ebru, or paper marbling. He paints on top of water, where it can be manipulated before transferring the work to a stable surface such as paper. His works are not just patterns or abstract art, but also representative pictures, and often a combination of all those. Subtitled in English. (via Twisted Sifter)

Furlough Problems

When those who are doing well under unrestrained capitalism find out there are limits to how much they can profit at others' expense, it may come as a shock. That wasn't part of the overall plan! This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save.

Homemade Mask

(Thanks, WTM!)

How Not to Cook Rice

Comedian Nigel Ng made a video as his character Uncle Roger and critiqued Hersha Patel's BBC cooking show in which she makes rice. I was shocked to see her draining rice after making it, because that means either the rice is not done or she'd used way too much water. Personally, I rinse rice before cooking. It turns out that quite a few viewers object to the BBC rice cooking method. After the video blew up, the two got together, and it turns out that Patel doesn't cook rice that way at home.

A good time was had by all.

Naming the Kittens

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Trying to Catch the Wind

The guy blows a stream of air in front of the kitten. The kitten knows it's there even if he can't see it, so why can't he catch it? There, there, baby, you don't have to be smart to be adorable. (via Arbroath)

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Saturday, August 01, 2020

Real Ones Are Okay

Bewitched Pilot Episode

Do you recall watching the first episode of Bewitched in 1964? I do, but it wasn't in color. This episode has been colorized. Anyway, the premise of a witch marrying a mortal was set up with a fatal flaw- Samantha didn't tell him until after the wedding. It was extremely lucky Darrin was an adman and could use "a new ad campaign" as the explanation for every embarrassing scenario for years on end.


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Italy's Dollar Homes

Would you move to a small town in Italy if you could buy a home for one Euro ($1.10)? The actual cost turns out to be more, once you outbid other buyers, pay the back taxes, and make necessary repairs. It's pretty much the same deal as the condemned homes in Detroit that were going for just a few dollars some years back. Even with the extra investment, you'll end up with a historic home that's way less expensive than a new home... as long as you are happy living in rural Italy. (via Digg)


If x happens and then y happens, does that mean x caused y? No. It's true that x may have caused y, but you need something more to connect them, or we'd all believe that carrying an umbrella causes rain, or that vaccines cause autism. There are plenty of other reasons those things sometimes happen together. Correlation is not causation, but it sometimes makes a good story to tell. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Le Harpiste

Faireset has given his unique dialogue treatment to a harp-playing raccoon. It's in French, so be sure to turn on the English captions -unless you understand French. I am amazed a how well the puns are translated.

Not For Sale

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Reserved Seating

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Patrick Stewart helps the Count on Sesame Street. (Thanks, hsc!)

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