Monday, October 19, 2020

Chicken



Americats



This campaign ad from Furball Fables tries its best to be strictly non-partisan, which is good, because we're all in this together. If it gets out the vote, I am all for it! Besides, cats. (via Neatorama

Miss Cellania's Links

The Nikon Small World Microphotography Winners 2020. (via Kottke)

Somebody Else's Sin? The Mystery of Nell Cropsey's Murder.

How Venus Flytraps Store Short-term ‘Memories’ of Prey. (via Boing Boing)

Would You Live in an Air Traffic Control Tower? One is Wellington is for sale. https://www.tommys.co.nz/property/34-36-tirangi-road-rongotai-wellington-6022/ (via Metafilter)

Machu Picchu Reopens for a Single Stranded Tourist. He waited seven months, so was it worth it?

Why are These Graves in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sovereign Polish Land? (via Nag on the Lake)

America Has Lost Its Taste for Iceberg Lettuce. Read about the rise and fall of all kinds of green leafy vegetables.

Artificial Intelligence Tries Street Art. (via Boing Boing)

Could an Ancient Megashark Still Lurk in the Deep Seas?  (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2016): 11 Recipes For Creatively Creepy Halloween Cocktails.

Work From Home


(via Fark)

She's Got You



The Patsy Cline classic "I've Got Your Picture," with a strange presentation. Despite what the video length says, this routine is only two minutes long. And funny! (Thanks, Joe!)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Really



Beautiful Shining Star of Superstition


 
Bill McClintock mashed up "Beautiful Girl" by Van Halen with "Shining Star" by the Temptations and Stevie Wonder's "Superstition." The music is sublime, but watching the video might give you whiplash as Van Halen ages twenty years forward and then back again.



The '90s



(via reddit)

Building a Bridge in the 14th Century

The historic Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic, was built over the Vltava River. Construction began in 1357 and continued for around 50 years. How did they build such a large and sturdy bridge back then? This video from Engineering and architecture gives us a ridiculously quick idea of what was involved in the bridge construction. We can only hope the engineers and laborers alike were adequately compensated. (via TYWKIWDBI)



I Am Grasping Your Limb



I had to laugh, because producing heat by staying under the covers is sometimes my maximum accomplishment of the day. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Stormtroopers



(Thanks, WTM!)

Dueling Town Halls




You know Saturday Night Live had to go there.

Bagpipes



(via Fark)

Dinner



In this cute animation, a dog has a scheme to remedy a fairly common problem. You'll laugh because you've seen your pets in this situation -my cats and my dog have all been there!  (via The Daily What)

Tweet of the Day

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Dancing



Step Into The Twilight Zone



A mysterious stranger gives Dennis Hopper advice on becoming a political star. This is an excerpt from The Twilight Zone episode "He's Alive," originally aired in 1963. A longer clip that includes the big reveal can be seen here. Season four of The Twilight Zone gave us hour-long episodes, while the other seasons were a half-hour, and that's why this particular story isn't available on Netflix, but Hulu and CBS All Access has it. (via reddit)

Troubleshooting



(via reddit)

Carving a Jack-o-Lantern with a Power Washer



Can you carve a pumpkin with a power washer? This guy is obviously more experienced with a power washer than he is with a pumpkin. He neglects to open and clean out the guts first, so he has so do it mid-project. But the video is short and the results are astonishingly adequate. Besides, you know it's gotta be super clean. (via Fark)

Granny on the 'Net


 

Click to the right to advance the comic. It's somehow the story of my life after I started getting gray hair and began to live on the internet. Oh, and if you want sound for the last panel, that's here. This comic is from Zach Cranor at Last Place Comics. (via reddit)

Cthulhu and the Frog



Sometimes a curse is an improvement. Just sayin'. This comic is from The Blue Chest. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Wishes



How Eddie Van Halen Ended Up on a Michael Jackson Album



Eddie Van Halen did that guitar solo on the song "Beat It" from the album Thriller, but was not credited anywhere. Still, it was pretty easy to figure out who it was. Can you imagine if Pete Townshend had done it instead? Here's the story behind the collaboration. (via Laughing Squid)

Sweet Music


(via Fark)

Star Wars Blooper Reel



You thought Storm Troopers were clumsy, inept, and altogether incompetent? Take a look at them before the worst was edited out! A long-lost collection of outtakes from the original Star Wars film resurfaced after 36 years and debuted at Comic Con in 2013. Some clips have no sound, so there is no need to adjust your volume. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Friday, October 16, 2020

Crossword Solution



Teeth



This award-winning short by Budapest animator Daniel Gray is very, very creepy. (via Nag on the Lake)

Holiday Lawn Decor



(via reddit)

Fun with the Gilligan's Island Theme Song



We've long known that the theme from Gilligan's Island, "Amazing Grace," and "House of the Rising Sun" can all be sung to each other's tunes. However, that only scratches the surface. From the YouTube page:

The Gilligan's Island theme song is what is called a "Ballad Metre" (or Meter). Each stanza of ballad metre has four iambic lines. Typically, only the second and fourth lines rhyme. Here are 31 short samples of the some of the songs whose lyrics can be sung to the Gilligan's Island Theme Song and Vice Versa (mostly, not every lyric fits perfectly).

Read more about ballad metre here. The YouTube page also has a list of the 31 songs with timestamps so you can skip ahead and hear the ones you want. Some are Gilligan's Island lyrics set to other tunes, and some are other lyrics set to the TV theme's music. You can switch them around in your head if you like. (via Metafilter)

Zorgax Has a Plan



Our alien overlords have learned a few things about humans. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Zoo Visit



(Thanks, WTM!)

Explaining the Pandemic to my Future Self



When you plan your time travel trip, make sure you've set the coordinates correctly. This video is short and to-the-point and ends the only way it could. (via Digg)


Miss Cellania's Links

16 Creepy Legends From Around The World. Each comes with a link for further exploration.

The 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award Winners. Learn more here.

Crowny the Coronavirus, in "Presidential Host." The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The ‘Unflattering Cat Photo Challenge’ Is Trending And It’s Hilarious How Unphotogenic These Cats Are.

What if a Pill Can Change Your Politics or Religious Beliefs? (via Damn Interesting)

The Story Behind Eva Perón’s Secret Lobotomy.

When a group of libertarians set about scrapping their local government, chaos descended. And then the bears moved in. (via Metafilter)

Why Did Renaissance Europeans See Merpeople Everywhere? (via Strange Company)

Senator Gary Peters Shares His Abortion Story. He’s the first sitting senator in history to do so. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2016): 12 Fun Novelty Twitter Accounts You Should Follow.

Realization


(via Fark)

Women in the Workplace



Oh, whatever will Brad do with all these women thinking they can hold down real jobs?

Tweet of the Day

(via Nag on the Lake)

Thursday, October 15, 2020

That's a Stretch

We'll Pass

Don't Cancel Halloween



Elvira, Mistress of the dark, is upset that COVID-19 will put damper on her favorite holiday, so she made a song parody about it, to the tune of Madonna's early hit "Holiday." She also illustrates all the things she likes about Halloween, which are things I don't particularly care for. I won't be home to give out candy, and I don't want to dress up or party. I'll celebrate in the usual manner, by watching horror films. Maybe next year, Elvia?  but only if we can ever get everybody on board to follow the guidelines -otherwise we'll have to stay locked down until they are all convinced by illness. (via Nag on the Lake)

Public Service Announcement



(via reddit)

The Japanese Ad Guessing Game



The game is to guess what product they are advertising. It will be revealed at the very end. if you want to have some real fun, stop the ad and tell us your guess as soon as you come up with one. Otherwise, just watch and feel sorry for these guys.  (via reddit)

Old Goats

Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Holland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat's milk was used. She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing. 

'These,' she explained, 'are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.' 

She then asked, 'What do you do in America with your old goats?' 

A spry old gentleman answered, 'They send us on bus tours!' 

(Thanks, Holistic CPA!)

Where We Eat Snacks



The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror Lists 50 Reasons Not to Vote Trump



As always, it's Lisa who keeps up with things. If you want to read them all, you'll need your finger ready on the pause button. (via Boing Boing)

Picnic


(via Fark)

Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?



An educational film by Jason Willis.

Catnip is all the rage with today's modern feline, but do we really understand it?

Is it a source for harmless kicks, or a potentially crippling addiction? Is it a tool to expand one's consciousness, or a downward spiraling path that can eventually lead to insanity?

Knowledge is the first step toward battling this scourge of felinekind. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

(via Digg)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Mike Hosty

(via Criggo)

Nature Planet



Kevin James' short comedic videos have become so popular that he's expanding his scope and getting his friends involved. Nature Planet is a sendup of overly dramatic nature documentaries focusing on the critically endangered Silver-Breasted Montle, played by James. Adam Sandler does his best impression of Sir David Attenborough as the narrator. (via Nag on the Lake)

Des Moines



(via reddit)

The Theme Park Inside An Old Nuclear Power Plant



Earlier this year Tom Scott told us about the Zwentendorf nuclear power plant, which was built but never used. To be exact, it was never used as a nuclear power plant. With a little imagination, it has become something much more fun.

I Voted

 Well, I just voted. Now all that's left to do is wait for the results, except, yeah, I still wanna to encourage more turnout.

Every presidential election that comes around reminds me of how my vote doesn't count. I live in a reliably red state, so reliable that candidates don't bother visiting us. And thanks to the winner-take-all electoral apportionment, my vote is effectively erased when the map lights up.

In the 2016 election, Trump won the electoral college despite losing the popular vote by three million or so. He blamed his popular vote loss on illegal voting in California. No, that's not it at all. Those three million votes included mine. One out of every three voters in Kentucky cast a ballot for Clinton in 2016, yet none of them were reflected in the electoral college.

So why do I vote in every election? Because I love my country. I would never forgive myself if I didn't participate in a chance to shape it for the better. Because my vote should mean something, even if it doesn't determine the outcome. Because my fellow Americans might someday surprise me.

Someday we might progress to the point where we get rid of the winner-take-all apportionment. There's no real reason why a vote in the state minority party shouldn't count. Someday we may even discard the electoral college. There's no real reason that a vote in Wyoming should count 3.6 times as much as a vote in California.

The electoral college has outlived its usefulness, even if you were taught that its purpose was to turn the election over to wise men who would prevent the common people from electing someone who wasn't competent- you see how well that works. The real reason for the electoral college was to appease slave states, since it would count enslaved people toward representation without allowing them to vote.

The outmoded system of federal elections in the US now tilts power to states with smaller, rural populations, meaning people who prefer to stay spread out and away from other people, and diminishes the power of people who prefer to live in densely-populated areas and care what their neighbors are going through. Still, each of those states have more and more people over time who see beyond what their inner circle thinks, or what one TV channel says. And that's why I have hope for the future, and why I will continue voting every chance I get.


Class Treat



Click to the right to advance the comic. There are some things that just don't work the same with online classes. Maybe that's why so many of us have used quarantine to start baking for the first time in our lives. This comic is from dogmodog. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

It's All So Clear Now



(Thanks, WTM!)

An Honest Trailer for Scream



Scream came out in 1996, but since it's October and we've never seen an Honest Trailer for it, well, that makes today an appropriate time to take another look at the movie. Scream was both a slasher/horror film and a comedy satire of such films ...and it almost single-handedly saved the horror genre from fading away in the mid-'90s. If you've never seen the original Scream, this Honest Trailer might convince you to give it a look this Halloween season -or maybe watch it again, because it's been long enough to forget the details.


Family Portrait?

Synchro Cat



What? Have you never seen a woman dancing with her cat before? Brenda and Luna are having a great time! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tweet of the Day

This man is predicted to win overwhelmingly. (via Boing Boing)

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Condemned to Die


Chased by a Cougar

 

Under most circumstances, a mountain lion will avoid humans. But they are dangerous cats, and will attack if they are frightened or hungry. Kyle Burgess was running a mountain trail in Utah and saw some cats. He thought they were bobcats, but they were cougar kittens, and their mother was not happy about it. From this rather long sequence -six minutes!- we can gather that she was trying to get rid of him more than wanting to kill him. Kyle had the presence of mind to keep facing the cat, because turning his back could have been deadly. He finally threw a rock, and the cat decided it had chased him enough. (via Digg)

A Warning from the Future



Great Scott, Marty! You might catch something and bring it back to 1985! This mural is the work of Dublin artist Emmalene Blake. See more of her murals at Instagram. (via reddit)

The Most Deadly Job in America -And What Happens Next



At one time, the job of astronaut was the deadliest job in America, right after the Apollo 1 disaster, and possibly again after Challenger and Columbia. But there are a lot more astronauts now. We have only had 44 US presidents, and eight of them have died in office. What happens when a sitting president is no longer able to serve is a process that has undergone many band-aid fixes over the years, and is now so complicated that CGP Grey has to explain it to us. (via Digg)


Participation



Studies say that more people are afraid of public speaking than are afraid of dying. But put them behind a keyboard, and they'll spill their guts in an instant. This comic is from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles.

The 13th

I can't tell you how long I've been waiting to use this... it's been a long time.

Library Takeout



The 2020 fall semester is different, so Duke University Library wanted something catchy to explain to students how to get the library materials they need. Luckily, they had a music composer on staff, librarian Jamie Keesecker, who was working from home while caring for his three-year-old daughter. He started writing music as a teenager.

And he kept writing music, for more than 17 years. He got a master’s in music composition from Duke in 2011 and a doctorate in 2016, but worried constantly about his career. He realized he would make a better hobbyist composer than professional.

Keesecker began work at the library, where his work felt refreshingly regular. He didn’t need to invent things from scratch.
But this project he started completely from scratch, and ended up with a cute hand-drawn animation and an earworm song that is now available on Spotify and Apple Music. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Wickedest Woman of New York. (via Strange Company)

What's the First Species Humans Drove to Extinction? (via Damn Interesting)

Home Electrical Projects You Can Totally Handle Yourself. Just make sure the power is off.

How a Road Trip Through America's Battlegrounds Revealed a Nation Plagued by Misinformation. (via Digg)

“Bomb threat.”

The Beat of Her Own Drum. Viola Smith, now 107 years old, was the leading female drummer of the jazz era. (via Metafilter)

The Strange Saga of America’s Most Reviled Statue, Nude George Washington.  

The latest in wedding shaming. Contains four instances of someone other than the bride showing up in a wedding dress.

The Rats Evicted from Paradise. Palmyra Atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was once a paradise of coral, seabirds, marine life, and forest ...before the rats moved in. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2016): 10 Creative Halloween Candy Dispensers.

Photography Lesson


(via Fark)

The Mocking Dead



This Walking Dead parody is produced in LEGO by Digital Wizards. Fans will remember this scene from season 2, before Carl grew up.

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Monday, October 12, 2020

Tight End



Having some fun in the editing department. (via Bad Newspaper)

Who Dat



For the music video of the song "Who Dat" by Emmit Fenn, Patrick Jean created a dancing pigeon who struts through the streets like the proudest peacock. His footwork gets pretty fancy after the two minute mark. (via Everlasting Blort)

Want vs. Need



(via reddit)

Everywhere, a Parkour POV Action Short



This first-person action short Everywhere from Alex Schauer is all the more ominous because of the things it doesn't tell us. We don't know who is confronting our protagonist here, but she comes across as some kind of Terminator or something.

What is she, the mysterious woman in leather pants? A robot? A witch? A robot-witch? Is she even real or is this all just a dream? Am I dreaming?
These are all questions we have to answer for ourselves.
(via Geeks Are Sexy)

Black Cats



I have a white cat, and two others with white shirts, so I can really relate to this. I miss my black cat. This comic is from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles.

Columbus Day

The horror of a deadly virus being brought into America from overseas reminded me to wish you a Happy Columbus Day.
Not so much celebrated these days as commemorated. Columbus sailed for Asia, ended up in the New World, and was credited with "discovering" it, even though there were plenty of people already here. He wasn't even the first European to find it. His ventures managed to unleash deadly diseases into a population that had no immunity to them, and began centuries of conquest, slavery, and exploitation. And now here we are. (via Some eCards

Canadian Thanksgiving



Thanksgiving is a celebration of gratitude for a bountiful harvest. Harvest is earlier in Canada. What's so hard to understand about that? This video is a couple of years old, so the only inaccurate part is the American being welcome to join in. Canadians don't want us disease-riddled Americans over for dinner right now. But we hope your holiday is a great one!  



Miss Cellania's Links

The Creepiest Place To Visit In Every State. (via Digg)

A Caterpillar With Vomit-Inducing Poison Fur Is Taking Over Virginia.

The Fascinating Story Behind the Longest Known Prehistoric Journey. Scientists have identified one individual's path and what happened along the way, all from the footprints left behind. (via Damn Interesting)

The Resurrection of the Slippery Quean. Anne Greene was hanged, but she didn't die. (via Strange Company)

Here's How the Future of The Walking Dead Will Unfold.

The Inspiring Tale Of America's First Dumb Trashy Millionaire.  

When you are outnumbered.

The Art of Digging a Buried Building Out of Maine’s Desert Dunes.

Thousands Of D.C. Renters Are Evicted Every Year. Do They All Know To Show Up To Court? This is why we need to support investigative journalism. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2016): 10 Amazingly Intricate Jack O’Lanterns.


Monday


(via Fark)

Percussive Maintenance



It doesn't work? Give it a good whack! After all, it works in the movies! We used to do this a lot at radio stations. We called it "Impact Technology." (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day

You'll have to click through to read the whole story, but this one is well worth it. (via Digg)

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Problem?



Everyone should have such problems. (via Bad Newspaper)

Mean Machine



Bill McClintock mixed the Jackson Five's "Dancing Machine" with "Mean Streets" by Van Halen. This makes me think about musicians my age who die. Up to now, they died of mostly drug overdoses or plane crashes. But lately, they are more likely to die of cancer or COVID or strokes. I suppose that is inevitable. Except the COVID.  


Warrior Poetry



(via reddit)

Your Friendly Liberal Neighborhood Ku-Klux-Klan



When Chad Mitchell left the Chad Mitchell Trio, they changed the name to The Mitchell Trio, and replaced Chad with a very young John Denver. This performance is from 1966, and teh lyrics to the song are here. I was surprised -or maybe not- at the number of YouTube commenters who thought this was a serious tribute to the Klan instead of satire. (via a comment at Fark)

Today is the Day



Click to the right to advance the comic. It's the story of my life, about 95% of the time. This comic is from Tom H at scarecrowbar.

Fort McHenry



(Thanks, WTM!)

SNL's Vice-Presidential Debate



Maya Rudolph and Beck Bennett reprise the vice-presidential debate and added comedy, thank goodness, for Saturday Night Live's opening skit last night. There was an call from viewers to get Jeff Goldblum on this week, but Jim Carey took care of that obvious bit. And you have to see Kate McKinnon as Dr. Wenowdis.


 

Pareidolia


(via Fark)

Shim Sham



Frankie Manning and Erin Stevens teach you to shim sham! (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day

(via Boing Boing)

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Oops



Don't



(via reddit)

Bob and Robert



We don't know what kind of monsters these are, or where they came from, but they are trying to fit in as human. It's a new storyline from Chris Hallbeck. They may remind you of Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet, but trust me, these creatures are not very good at doing anything human. Check out their other adventures at Maximumble.

Reduced



SciFi ManCave Theater



Sci-Fi fan Phil Stiller spent a year building a home theater, and made it exactly what wanted. Behind these Space Invader doors is the bridge of the starship Enterprise! It has all the Star Trek details, plus four
comfy recliners and ample video screens. 

Yes this room is TOTALLY my inner 12 year old and I make no apologies. I'm a total space/scifi/tech geek and it was really fun creating a cool theater room for my family to watch movies. (which we love to do) and NASA/SpaceX launches.
Stiller gives some specs on this build at the YouTube page, and you can see progress pictures at imgur. He's not an exclusive Star Trek fan; he also has a TARDIS for a front door. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Neighbor's Cat


(via Fark)

The Maker



In this short film by Christopher Kezelos, a rabbit-like creature channels Dr. Frankenstein. But there's a twist here that Mary Shelley's work did not have. (via the Presurfer)

Tweet of the Day

When a moose wants to eat your autumn decorations, there's nothing you can do about it. (via Nag on the Lake)

Friday, October 09, 2020

Yard of the Month



Maybe everyone else had already won that year.  (via Bad Newspaper)

Metallica Halloween Light Show



Tom BetGeorge has unveiled his Halloween light show for 2020. It's set to the song "Enter Sandman" from Metallica. This is for his own home; he also does light shows for hire through his company Magical Light Shows. His personal show is a fundraiser for McHenry House, his local homeless shelter. (via Laughing Squid)

Pumpkin



(via reddit)

Folsom Prison Blues - Disco Edition



What kind of abomination is this? You guessed it; it's from the YouTuber who goes by the name There I Ruined It. (via Boing Boing)


Drugs



Remember, kids, drugs can ruin your life. Or at least your finances. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Masks vs. Condoms



While they are both very important for protection, they are not the same. A better comparison might be masks to underwear. But this one has room for some fine jokes in there. This Venn diagram is from Matt Shirley.

The Commercial that Killed a Fast Food Chain



Do you recall Rax Roast Beef? The fast food chain had 504 outlets in 38 states in the 1980s, but took a nosedive in the 1990s. It now has five remaining locations. Although it wasn't the only reason Rax went under, a disastrous advertising campaign help drive the nails into its coffin, as the Vlogbrothers explain. In case you are interested, the documentary mentioned in this video can be seen here.  (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

How "The Right Stuff" has Changed. The story of how astronaut qualifications have changed over time is the story of how far we've come in space exploration. (via Digg

How Hatred Came To Dominate American Politics.

The Island That Humans Can’t Conquer. St. Matthew Island was "discovered" several times, and there is evidence of a prehistoric home, but no one ever stays there long. (via Smithsonian)

Centuries Ago, They were Facetuning, Filtering and Catfishing Too. Powerful people wouldn't pay their portrait painters if they were pictured poorly.  

What Can You Do When You’re Burned Out — Not on Work, but on Family? Pair social media pressures with a coronavirus lockdown, and you've got a recipe for parental burnout.

Maybe I'm Immune.

24 Times Pets Unintentionally Sent Their Owners Into Panic Mode. Your first glance isn't always reliable.

How the 'Girl Watching' Fad of the 1960s Taught Men to Harass Women. (via Metafilter)

Fungi, Folklore, and Fairyland. An article at Public Domain Review takes us through a brief history of magic mushrooms in the British consciousness, and then settles on Lewis Carroll. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2016): Leo Wins an Oscar: The Meme.