Saturday, October 31, 2020
Even a ghost can be traumatized by a scary experience and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. This is from Boston band Hallelujah the Hills.
Case-in-point: over the course of 4 months in quarantine, lead singer Ryan Walsh decided to make a stop-motion music video for their song "The Memory Tree," from the band's recent album I'm You. He handcrafted little ghost puppets and tiny ghost houses and put together a whole elaborate world to tell a whimsical story of spirits and transdimensional discovery, in the style of a classic silent film.
(via Boing Boing)
The 1922 German horror film was originally titled Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens. Max Schreck stars as the vampire Count Orlok. Unofficially based on Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, this was the first widely-seen vampire film.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Longtime readers know that Josh Sundquist comes up with amazing Halloween costumes every year that utilize the fact that he has only one leg. He's also an athlete, so he can do some pretty amazing things with his ideas. This year, he is Baby Groot! If you've been keeping up over the years, you can skip ahead to 2:40 to see him walking around as Baby Groot, and how the costume was made. (via reddit)
Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines constructed five different Rube Goldberg contraptions in order to make a sandwich. That in itself is not so surprising, but the mechanisms he uses along the way are astonishing. How did he know precisely how that hand mixer would act? Surely he isn't going to eat jelly out of a toy truck! He doesn't, but how its used is genius. Be sure to stay for the credits, because they get a little messy. (via Digg)
There are many reasons to like Halloween, which are all more pleasant than the reasons to dislike something. I find Halloween a marvelous excuse to buy some Reece's Cups. I also like to see everyone else's creative costumes. Parties, not so much. However, I pretend to be someone who is not me all year long. This pie chart is from Matt Shirley.
For the 35th anniversary celebration of Back to the Future, Universal Pictures put together a tribute from various artists and animators using widely varying styles. You'll be glad to know that unlike other "reimagined" projects, this one doesn't try to match the feature film shot-by-shot, so it's an enjoyable four minutes long. (via Boing Boing)
Can Lab-grown Brains Become Conscious? How do we even define consciousness for this purpose? (via Damn Interesting)
Why Does Blood Look So Strange in Old Horror Movies? Read the history of fake blood and the cost of authenticity. (via Digg)
He finally mustered the courage to announce to his dad that he wanted to be a dancer.
High-visibility Halloween Costumes for Distanced Viewing. Artificial intelligence has some strange ideas.
The Uncertain Heavens: Christiaan Huygens’ Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life. (via Damn Interesting)
29 Weird Things Non-Americans Love About American Culture. Actually, they love to poke fun at them.
That Time Toilets Gave Away a Cold War Secret.
A blast from the past (2009): What a Blockbuster Movie Can Do to a Small Town.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Presenting: a new Homestar Runner cartoon! Sadly, this will be the only one this year. In this Halloween special, familiar characters solve a Scooby-Doo-esque mystery -with no dog, which highlights how superfluous the dog was. Then they show off their Halloween costumes. Longtime fans will catch all kinds of self-references, while everyone else can just enjoy the chaos. (via Metafilter)
Click to the right to advance the comic. Sure, nothing to worry about here! It's just seasonal decorations! I've long felt that Halloween would be the easiest time to get away with murder, as people are expecting to see it and not believe it. This comic is from Joe at Portuguese Geese Comics. (via reddit)
If 1994 was an important year in your life, you will love The Hood Internet's new mashup of 60 songs from that year. If not, you'll enjoy revisiting at least some of the songs. As for me, video clues made me listen carefully for NSFW lyrics, which did not show up. I wish they had included more of "Black Hole Sun." Even if you don't recognize any of the songs, the groove is nice to listen to.
Animals Keep Evolving Into Crabs, Which Is Somewhat Disturbing. (via Damn Interesting)
The Lifelong Guilt Trip of Abstinence Pledges and Purity Balls. (via Digg)
Some really weird vintage Halloween costumes. (Thanks, WTM!)
Donald's Election Adventures. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
Berea College in Kentucky is a hub of traditional Appalachian crafts, and their hand-woven brooms have been in demand for a hundred years. The brooms are available here.
The Great Light Bulb Conspiracy. Why your light bulbs never last long enough.
Halloween Decorations Prompt Multiple Police Visits. Steven Novak's front yard looks life the scene of multiple murders. (via Boing Boing)
Friends surprise Omaha man with radio-controlled lawn mower. (via Fark)
A blast from the past (2011): 8 Historic Accounts of Werewolves.
The League of S.T.E.A.M. does Dia de los Muertos! The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a group of steampunk ghostbusters (“Serving all your supernatural elimination needs since 1884.”). In this adventure, they investigate a horde of skeletons who won’t return to their graves after the Day of the Dead festivities. Yes, it’s corny, but the skeletons are funny, and it has the perfect punch line at the very end. (via the Presurfer)
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
When the climate gets warm enough, we may have to turn to desperate measures, like altering our own atmosphere. What could possibly go wrong? Putting stuff up in the stratosphere to block the sun's rays might work, but that has happened before, like in 1816, the year without a summer. Besides, we'd probably need solar energy just to launch the scheme, which is biting off our noses to spite our faces. Or it might work. Kurzgesagt has some details. (via Damn Interesting)
This confused me, but I suppose it takes place in New Jersey. The only one who ever pumps my gas is one of my kids when I require it of them, but they don't live here anymore. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet. He explained in the comments.
This particular episode takes place in Fresh Uniform, a region that has unusual boomliquid rulesHighly unusual.
Bryan Lee made a fan film using the 2001 song "Wonderboy" by Tenacious D and film clips from all eleven Star Wars movies. Neat idea, but then you watch it and realize the editing is a sublime exercise in paying attention to detail. Well done! See it in widescreen format at YouTube. (via reddit)
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
After the disappointment of The Rise of Skywalker, Disney and Lucasfilm gave us a salve to our broken Star Wars fan hearts with a TV series called The Mandalorian. A Star Wars western? Okay. Then they outright stole our hearts by presenting us with a baby Yoda. Not Yoda himself, but a juvenile of the same species that's cuter than he/she has any right to be. But The Mandalorian really redeemed the Star Wars universe by giving us an adventure that has nothing to do with dynasties or death stars. Screen Junkies likes The Mandalorian, too, but they still find ways to poke fun at the series.
The way laws are written often include some carveouts and exceptions, which we just call loopholes. Tom Scott takes advantage of a loophole in British liquor laws to open a working bar in a moving hovercraft. While this stunt is hilarious (imagine mixing drinks in a moving open air vehicle), he eventually explains the reason the law was written the way it is. (via reddit)
Screaming paper towel dispenser.
Escaped Cloned Female Mutant Crayfish Take Over Belgian Cemetery. Check your 2020 Bingo card. (via Nag on the Lake)
Washington, D.C., and the Quest for a Perfectly Square City.
An Edgewood Tragedy: The Murder of Eleanor Buggy. (via Strange Company)
Why Do Steroids Make Testicles Smaller? The effects of steroids on women are also addressed.
Make your own music with Bongo Cat! (via Metafilter)
Monday, October 26, 2020
English idioms, similes, catch phrases, and colloquialisms make sense if you've heard them all your life, but are pretty nonsensical when you approach them literally. Grant Kolton illustrates some of them for us to highlight the insanity. (via Laughing Squid)
The first 2020 presidential debate was about a month ago, but we still need a translation because of all the interruptions. Bad Lip Reading is here for it, with fake audio that makes much more sense than anything that was actually said that night, as they frame the evening as a game show. (via Uproxx)
Notable Tattoos of 1907. One woman had her husband's will tattooed on her back! (via Strange Company)
The Hidden Meanings Behind 11 Common Tombstone Symbols.
Vanilla Nice. Get your flu shot!
Casa de las Conchas: The House of Shells.
Did Cavemen Ever Really Exist?
A Review of Dunkin's Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut.
A Uniquely 2020 Halloween Costume. She's a Zoom meeting!
Everlasting Arms: The Sustained Power of The Night of the Hunter. The 1955 movie echoes themes of the today's world. (via Digg)
A blast from the past (2016): 17 Movie Posters From a Reddit Fan Favorite.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
"Sit still, kid, we're makin' a video!" Greta seems to think that Lee needs a little grooming. Or maybe a lot. Commenter Auden declared this the result of "Johnson & Johnson No Tears Fancy Feast Child's Tasty Head Shampoo." (via Metafilter)
Congratulations to Kate Beaton, one of my favorite comic artists, on her new family addition!
Everyone has been very good and now she is fed and a little fatter and happy to nap on your lap and has a vet appointment since the neighbours don’t own her pic.twitter.com/aJNAUMJ3NX— Kate Beaton (@beatonna) October 21, 2020
Saturday, October 24, 2020
You can see starfish in the ocean, but you've probably never studied a live one this closely. They have no brain, but they have five arms and a lot of "feet" on the underside of those arms. They use those feet to move around, using hydraulic engineering. Starfish also use their feet to smell. Yeah, they are weird. (via The Kid Should See This)
Friday, October 23, 2020
The ad for Kyrö Distillery features Mikko Koskinen, one of the company founders, naked in a sauna, explaining Finland and his company's products while things go on in the background that you need to pay attention to. Yeah, you might need to watch this more than once, as his English can be difficult at times, and you'll also see things you missed the first time around. This ad is one continuous take with no professional actors. Contains NSFW language. (via reddit)
This is recording of the last Kauaʻi ʻōʻō bird. It was a male, recorded in 1987 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. When he died, his entire species was gone. Commenter Chloie Kwirant said,
Just imagine. Every day you do the same thing. You shout for someone, anyone, to answer. But no one ever shouts back. You refuse to except that you're the last of your species. Every single day you cry out to a person who will never answer. Until one day the sweet release of death finally cements your kind into extinction.(via Nag on the Lake)
I must admit, I have been to all these places (except the barbecue festival) because I once lived in West Tennessee. In fact, I've written about traveling to Memphis more than once. The Pyramid was an arena back then, though.
Masked Intruders Break Into Bank. (via Metafilter)
Weather Photographer of the Year Awards 2020. (via Nag on the Lake)
Cats react to the smell of durian.
The Lab Saving the World From Snake Bites.
What Ancient Toilets Reveal About the History of the Human Gut.
I Was In Charge of the Deck Chairs On the Titanic, and They Absolutely Did Need Rearranging. Short and unexpectedly meaningful. (via Metafilter)
The Secret Lives of Giant Vegetable Growers. (via Metafilter)
15 Early Drafts of Horror Movies That Are Totally Bonkers.
A blast from the past (2016): Frightening Face-Off: 10 Halloween Makeup Tutorials.
Fark has some pretty funny responses.
WHOA: "Three Simultaneous Lightning Strikes on the Trump Hotel Chicago at 2:14am on Thursday." Thanks to @BarryButlerPhotography for sharing the incredible shot. pic.twitter.com/4r431yhikq— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) October 22, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
If asked for a pop song from 1993, I would not be able to name one, as I was working in country music that year. However, once you hear the 60 songs in the latest mashup from The Hood Internet, you'll remember them well. It was a good year for pop! There are several folks in the comments at YouTube who took a stab at naming them all, in case you need some names and titles. (via Laughing Squid)
Time flows forward the same way around the world, but the way people measure time and communicate it varies more than you might realize. When the day begins, how long an hour is, and what you call this time of day can be different depending on where you are. These timekeeping systems are only easy if you've done it all your life. (via Digg)
Eight of America’s Most Unusual Polling Places.
One of the more active posts on AskReddit poses the question "What is the fastest you have ever seen a new co-worker get fired?" It's filled with stories that will make you laugh and then question the whole of humanity.
Kamala versus Daenerys. "...mispronunciation is people trying too feebly and in vain to say our names - and dispronunciation is people saying our names incorrectly on purpose, as if to remind us whose country this really is." (via Metafilter)
The 50 Best Movie and TV Show Twists of All Time. Contains 50 spoilers. (via Digg)
Unqualified Impunity: Amy Coney Barrett Once Ruled That a Cop Wasn't Responsible for a Black Teenager's Death Because Breathing Isn't a Constitutional Right.
Little Weesy Coppin, the Ghost That Foretold the Franklin Expedition’s Fate.
The Most Popular Baby Names of 2020. (via Buzzfeed)
The True Story of Donald Trump, Secret Action Hero. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
A blast from the past (2013): TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY!
In order to make a cup of coffee, first you must assemble a deluxe coffee machine, then throw some ingredients around to a dubstep beat, and then make coffee. At least that's what goes on in this ad for Sanremo UK. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Imagine swimming in a pool of pancake syrup! Would you be able to do it? Would it be slower than swimming in water? The guy from the Action Lab went out and bought a bunch of pancake syrup to find out, but instead of a pool with swimmers, he used tubs with mechanical toys. Still, there was a university experiment done with pools and human swimmers, but sadly, they used something twice the viscosity of water but much cheaper and less tasty. However, when he posed the question, I pictured swimming in something as viscous as honey or even molasses, and that's a whole other story, which he addresses toward the end of this video. (via Digg)
I have never been to an IKEA store, nor have I assembled any IKEA furniture. But Princess bought a table and chair set for her new apartment. I looked at the parts and the instructions and just laughed. A week later, she tells me she managed to put it together, which just makes me glad it was her and not me. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.
Enjoy this little song set to the tune of "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast. It just occurred to me the other day that the freedom to go out barefaced has already negated the sacrifices we all made to flatten the curve- in lives, jobs, and mental health. And those who can't be bothered are going to cost us all another year of misery, not to mention how many families will have funeral expenses in that time. (via The Daily Dot)