Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, the house where the Banks family lived is available to rent out through Airbnb. Will Smith took the opportunity to go visit it himself, and he took along DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jeffrey Allen Townes), too. They found the house is set up to appeal specifically to Fresh Prince fans, but it was nostalgic for them, too. They are eventually joined by other cast members, with the notable exception of Uncle Phil (the late James Avery). You may as well watch the tour, since the actual Airbnb listing is booked for the foreseeable future. (via Digg)
How could scientists in the UK hear an underwater explosion 19,000 kilometers away in Australia? It' not an experiment you could reproduce in a pool, even a very large one, because the speed of sound is more variable than you may think, and so are the conditions in different parts of the ocean. MinuteEarth explains. I won't guarantee you 'll understand it all, but it does remind us that the world is a very weird place, and there's always more to learn about it. (via Digg)
Conspiracy Theories Categorized. More here.
Looty, the Famous Pekingese.
She was a symbol of British Colonialism.(via Nag on the Lake)
Black Panther Mural Unveiled at Disneyland. If you haven't already seen the artwork, get a hankie. (via reddit)
5 Rules EVERY Body Snatcher Should Follow. (via Strange Company)
Transracial adoption: 'I've been accused of kidnapping my white child.'
The Mad 1920s Fad of Pole-Sitting.
Parrot Loves to Sing Opera.
The Lace Collar. An overview of whatRuth Bader Ginsburg meant to us. (via Nag on the Lake)
A blast from the past (2016): 6 Songs About Bananas.
Monday, September 28, 2020
50 Cats Shamelessly Disrespecting People’s Personal Space. You get a cat, you get a bathroom buddy.
Inside the Arctic Greenhouses Where the Summer Sun Never Sets.
A 10,000 Year Warning. Artificial intelligence figures out how to label radioactive waste sites for future civilizations. (via Metafilter)
Hey Maybe Someone Go Check And See If GM's Truck Designers Are OK. "These aren’t trucks; they’re nightmares, beautifully rendered nightmares, and they may be a cry for help, which is why I’m reaching out."
First Evidence of a Planet in Another Galaxy. We only found it because it revolves around a black hole eating a star. (via Damn Interesting)
There's Always Someone There To Greet This Woman When Her Workday Is Over.
The Galley Slave and the Barrel Hoop. The story of a man who ate himself to death. (via Strange Company)
A blast from the past (2016): 4 Castles You Can Find in Phoenix.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio was a #1 hit in 1995. For the upcoming Oktoberfest, YouTuber There I Ruined It (previously) turned it into a Bavarian polka. All it took was a couple of tubas, an accordion, and some lederhosen. And the nerve. (via Laughing Squid)
Old age happens, if you're lucky. However, internet culture and too many media choices have conspired to make each generation speak a completely different language. If you live longer than the rest of your exact cohort, you'll eventually be unintelligible. This comic is from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles.
I had never heard of the allassonic effect before, have you? Wikipedia explains.
The hot chocolate effect, also known as the allassonic effect, is a phenomenon of wave mechanics first documented in 1982 by Frank Crawford, where the pitch heard from tapping a cup of hot liquid rises after the addition of a soluble powder. It was first observed in the making of hot chocolate or instant coffee, but also occurs in other situations such as adding salt to supersaturated hot water or cold beer. Recent research has found many more substances which create the effect, even in initially non-supersaturated liquids.The video above shows you how to do it, but I'm not sure if that's instant coffee or he's putting cocoa into hot water just to demonstrate. Yuk. Now I am craving a nice cup of cocoa with milk, sugar, a touch of vanilla, and cocoa powder. (via TYWKIWDBI)
It can be observed by pouring hot milk into a mug, stirring in chocolate powder, and tapping the bottom of the mug with a spoon while the milk is still in motion. The pitch of the taps will increase progressively with no relation to the speed or force of tapping. Subsequent stirring of the same solution (without adding more chocolate powder) will gradually decrease the pitch again, followed by another increase. This process can be repeated a number of times, until equilibrium has been reached. Upon initial stirring, entrained gas bubbles reduce the speed of sound in the liquid, lowering the frequency. As the bubbles clear, sound travels faster in the liquid and the frequency increases.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Yarael Poof is a Jedi Master in The Phantom Menace, but he was treated rather poorly by the filmmakers. Wookieepedia explains.
Yarael Poof first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, in which he was portrayed by a puppet operated by Michelle Taylor. Although his name was never spoken in The Phantom Menace, it was given in the film's credits. Poof was originally slated to reappear in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, but George Lucas was concerned that viewers would confuse him with the Kaminoans, a new species introduced in the film. As no new footage of the Jedi Council chambers were shot for Episode II, archive footage from Episode I was reused. In order to remove him from the film, Poof was digitally painted out of the footage and replaced by Coleman Trebor, a new Jedi Master designed for the movie.
Yarael Poof gets no respect. Which turns out to be a good thing for him, as you can see in this Adult Swim sequence. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
When Arnold Schwarzenegger's first film Hercules in New York was released in theaters, they overdubbed Arnold's voice with an American's. Knowing him as we do now, it just don't seem right. (via Digg)
Click on the picture to read all the letter. You won't regret the effort.
Bill Murray receives a legal demand from the Doobie Brothers. And it’s everything you’d want it to be... pic.twitter.com/R1L99yZSBj— Eriq Gardner (@eriqgardner) September 24, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Here is an extremely optimistic scenario in which the gullible saves us all. Well, optimistic if you prefer becoming the pampered pets of an alien civilization to total annihilation. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Push the red button at the comic site to get a less optimistic coda.
Matt Brockman played trumpet in a duet with himself. It's a medley of all kinds of theme songs you know and love. I suggest that you listen without watching to see how many of these tunes you can name, and then watch with the video playing behind him to reveal them all. (via Digg)
A Cosmonautics Museum Inside a Church. (via Nag on the Lake)
What Is Math? There are different schools of thought about the nature of math- some consider it a natural thing that we have discovered, while others say it was invented.
Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Day in Trump's America. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
The Inconvenient Truth About Monogamy. She's not talking about marriage itself, but monogamy as opposed to polygamy.
Teachers Share Their Weirdest Fun Facts From Students. Some are hilarious; others will make you cringe.
The Saga of Midori Naka. She was the first person to have her cause of death listed as radiation poisoning.
Donald Trump Wants A New Supreme Court Justice To Help Hand Him A Second Term. Wouldn't you love to hear those interviews?
“I don’t want to be a nurse, a purse, or worse”: 5 seniors on dating online. (via Digg)
Black Lives Matter Shirts Banned at Ohio School District for Being 'Controversial.' They cannot offend those who believe Black lives don't matter.
A blast from the past (2016): 6 Uninhabited and Mysterious Islands With Bizarre Pasts.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
YouTuber Likeonions remixed Star Wars (now known as A New Hope) as a 1960s-style television intro. Specifically, the introduction to the series Mission Impossible. Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to watch and enjoy the video before it self-destructs. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
This is Romany Gilmour, getting some possibly unasked-for tips from her father David. She was about 16 at the time this picture was taken. Sooner or later, she'll know that his butting in is a dad's way of caring. (via reddit)
Now that autumn is here, you may wonder how trick-or treating can work in the era of social distancing. Matt Thompson of Thompson Woodworks figured out a way to deliver candy to costumed children without getting close to them- with a zip line! He recruited friends and neighbors to dress up their kids to demonstrate how it will work in this video. We assume that these people will be wearing masks when everyone is out trick-or-treating. (via Laughing Squid)
America’s Hidden Big Cat Problem.
How to Apply for a Job That Pays $50K to Explore National Parks.
Nobiko, a cat we've known as Longcat, lived a long and pampered life, and crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Sunday. See a roundup of Longcat images and tributes at CNET. (via Metafilter)
The thing that ate America's brain.
The Fiasco of the 1976 ‘Swine Flu Affair.’ (via Damn Interesting)
Stolen First Editions by Galileo, Newton Discovered Beneath Floor in Romania. I guess it was impossible to find a buyer. (via reddit)
Artificial Intelligence Turns Portraits Into Cartoon Characters. The effect is really ...weird.
How Aztecs Reacted to Colonial Epidemics. (via Digg)
A blast from the past (2016): The Real Story Behind "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll."
Dear Breonna,— DWade (@DwyaneWade) September 24, 2020
I’m so sorry the people in power have failed to get this right. You deserve so much more. Your life mattered. You deserved the bright future that was ahead of you. We will continue to say your name. We will continue to fight in your name. #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/31M3ndOloK
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
The guys at Dip Your Car tried an experiment in which they painted a car lime green, then added five coats of black thermochromic paint. Thermochromic means it changes color with the application of heat. After the paint dried, they threw buckets of hot water on the car to see what would happen. The black pigment disappeared and the five coats turned transparent to let the green show! Skip ahead to 5:15 to watch the fun. Then if you're interested, you can go back to the beginning to get a thorough explanation. It's fun to watch, but they really should have shown what engine heat does to the appearance. One suspects that they used a non-running car for the experiment. Would the air temperature have an affect? If so, the car would be green on sunny summer days and black at night or in winter or rain. Also, before you consider this for your car, keep in mind that the thermochromic effect is not all that durable over time. (via Boing Boing)
We've been upset with our local cable TV companies for so long that we welcomed the advent of streaming services so that we could cut the cord. But which streaming service should you subscribe to? There are differences, and they all have their benefits and drawbacks. The drawbacks are what ScreenJunkies is looking at in the Honest Trailer.
In the US, KitKat bars come in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and soon, mint flavor. These sweet treats are even more popular in Japan, where they've been made in more than 400 flavors! Would you try a purple sweet potato-flavored KitKat? Gimme a break! Some of those 400 flavors are regional, and some were limited editions, but in any Japanese store, you'll be confronted with a huge variety of KitKat flavors. That's because part of the allure of the KitKat bar is how versatile one can make it. And that "one" is pastry chef Yasumasa Takagi. (Thanks, WTM!)
Printing a book was different in 1947. The process required quite a few skilled workers performing tasks you won't see anymore, outside of historical videos like this. Contrast this process with a more modern method of publishing. (via Metafilter)
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
The MVD Ensemble (Academic Song and Dance Ensemble of the National Guard of the Russian Federation), consisting of Russian police forces, sing "Sex Bomb." I don't know how old this performance is, but it was just what I needed today. (via Digg)
Tom Scott begins this video by telling us all the problems with monorails and why they never really caught on. So what good are they? There's a specific place for a monorail system where it works perfectly for its purpose. The secret was to make them small, and not use them to carry people. The upshot is that a failure in one industry could be just the thing for another industry. Oh yeah, James Bond figures in this video, too.
Ella Slack is Queen Elizabeth's stand-in. She is there for the planning of every major appearance, doing the things that the queen would do, so that camera people and those involved with the event can prepare. (via Nag on the Lake)
For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42. (via Boing Boing)
'Fox News brain': meet the families torn apart by toxic cable news. (via Metafilter)
The New, Nicer Nero. The historical Roman emperor appears to be a run-of-the-mill ruler, a young man who preferred to write poetry and sing than deal with politics.
The 300 Cats Wanted to Act at the Manhattan Opera House. What could possibly go wrong? (via Strange Company)
Pop Culture Homes as Polly Pocket Cases. (via Laughing Squid)
Hiding a 10,000 Year Clock inside a Mountain. You'll even find out how you can visit it ...although it won't be easy.
A Rare Day-by-Day Document of Life Aboard a Slave Ship.
A blast from the past (2016): 7 Incisive Cases of Fish Surgery.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Marvel Studios is introducing a new series for Disney+. WandaVision follows superheroes Wanda Maximoff and Vision as a young couple in 1950s suburbia. It comes across as a sitcom in some places, and a supernatural comic book adventure in others. It would probably help to have some knowledge of the charactes from the comic books, but Den of Geek has a breakdown of what we can learn from this trailer. WandaVision will debut in December. (via Metafilter)
The magazine Annals of Improbable Research has bestowed the annual Ig Nobel Prizes for scientific research "that makes you laugh, then makes you think." The award ceremony was held virtually this year, which you can see here. The winners are listed here.
London’s Narrowest Home is For Sale. The house is only 5.5 feet wide, yet the asking price is £950,000. That 's $1.3 million!
New survey: "Almost two-thirds of young American adults do not know that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and more than one in 10 believe Jews caused the Holocaust." (via Kottke)
How to Enjoy Fall Foliage in 2020, by traveling or staying at home.
The 300 Cats Wanted to Act at the Manhattan Opera House. What could possibly go wrong? (via Strange Company)
Cooking Meat Without Fire- in the 14th century! (via Metafilter)
The Best Opening Theme Songs In Television History, Ranked. (via Digg)
Contemporary Films Reimagined as Vintage Book Covers. (via Colossal)
Hell on Wheels: Temporary Cities of the Transcontinental Railroad. Some became permanent settlements. (via Strange Company)
Why We Don't Like Our Underground House. You have to feel sorry for anyone who lives for 26 years in a home they don't like, but it was a big investment, and it appears that anyone who could provide relief either went out of business or died. (via Digg)
A blast from the past (2016): The Story Behind “The Ballad of Frankie Silver.”