Thursday, April 15, 2021
Werner Herzog has never used a skateboard, but he agreed to an interview with Ian Michna of the skateboarding magazine Jenkem. Herzog's thoughts on skateboarding delved into philosophy: failure vs. achievement, the sport as an art, and how it should be filmed. This brief but fascinating exchange shows how all worlds intersect when you take a look at what's really going on. (via Metafilter)
Click to the right to advance the comic. When your job is to interpret the ideas of someone who can't communicate well, you are going to put in a lot of unnecessary effort. What do you want to bet that the client will later object to the bill? This comic is from Trying Times Comics. (via reddit)
From a human perspective, trap jaw ants are just plain weird. Ze Frank presents them by following an ant named Mildred, a mentally-ill daughter of a dysfunctional family. Of course, that lifestyle is just normal for her species of ant. Her jaws snap so hard that it throws her body backwards, a side effect that these ants have harnessed for survival purposes. We also get a look at other trap jaw ant species and how they differ in strange ways.
In Ancient Georgia, Spring Arrived With Wine, Whips, and Mud. Learn about the festival of Berikaoba.
The Wonderful World Of Phenakistiscope Animation. (Thanks, WTM!)
Theaters Closed, But Rocky Horror Never Left. It played for no audience every Saturday night in Portland. (via Boing Boing)
The Kissinger Death Tontine (actually a death pool). “Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands." -Anthony Bourdain (via Metafilter)
20 People Share Their Vivid COVID-19 Dreams. NSFW for brief cartoon nudity. (via Everlasting Blort)
Florida State Fair Foods 2021. (via Fark)
The most American headline ever: Man accidentally shoots himself while trying on pants in Walmart dressing room. (via reddit)
Who still rides scooters? Guys who can do this. The professional scooterists include:
The Pro riders featured in this video were....
Lucky Pro Riders:
Kota Schuetz (@dakotaschuetz)
Lil Jon (@Jonjeffrey92)
Mike Montgomery (@Mikeshyphy)
And special guests Jake Clark (@jakeclarkk1) and Vincent Kudrna
In a video by Devin Supertramp. (via Daily of the Day)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Talk about dedication to your craft! The artists at Hungarian animation studio DIGIC Services recently did a study in which they enlisted the help of quite a few oddly calm and cooperatives cats. They outfitted the cats with sensors and filmed them in motion capture to learn exactly how cats move. This will help in rendering animated cats in a more realistic manner. As impressed as I am with the animators, I am more impressed with these chill kitties. (via Laughing Squid)
When you're at the local home improvement store shopping in the garden section, be sure to listen to the birdsong, but don't look up! There is always the possibility of incoming bombs. This comic is from Jimmy Craig at They Can Talk.
As they do every year, Screen Junkies takes a closer look at the movies nominated for the Best Picture award in an Honest Trailer. In a normal year, this would bring a smile of recognition for the movies you saw recently. This year, it may be an introduction to a bunch of films you've never heard of, since theaters have been closed most of the year. As strange as it seems, being nominated for an Oscar may be the only real promotion these movies will get. The Academy Awards will be televised on April 25.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
For geography nerds, it's a valid question: Which country is the squarest in the world? None are perfectly square, as national boundaries are ruled by geographical features like coastlines and rivers, and cultural histories like where people choose to settle and the legacy of invasions.
However, the value in this video goes way beyond the original question. Jay Foreman and Mark Cooper-Jones (previously) start off guessing countries, and gradually slide into a rhythm. Then you suspect that they might be rhyming with each other. Finally it spills into a full-blown comedy song. While there may be no square nations, a lot of them are shaped like animals or something else that you hadn't realized before. They eventually determine which country is the closest of them all to being a square. (via Digg)
Cats can be liquid, cats can be buff, and the very strangest ones stay in our memories. Starting with viral pictures of cats we've all seen, YouTuber kekeflipnote was inspired to make pixelated animations of their strangeness. Sometimes the original picture comes first, and then takes off into another universe, and other times we get the animation first, leading up to a surprise photograph. (via Everlasting Blort)
A bear wandered into Deedee Mueller's house in the hills of Pasadena, California, on Saturday looking thin and hungry, like it had just come out of hibernation. The Muellers weren't home, but their two tiny terriers, Squirt and Mei Mei, were. The family's security cameras tell the story, which has a bit of a surprise ending. (via Digg)
The Cat House of Riga.
Avoid Undie Odor. How advertisers shamed us into buying more soap.
Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online. (Thanks, Victoria!)
The Twitter account called Found a good outfit gives you instruction on how you can dress like a character from movies, TV, comics, video games, etc. etc. with clothing found on the internet. (via Metafilter)
Doctors Forgot to Warn People With Breasts That the Covid Vaccine Could Affect Their Next Mammogram.
Welcome to Freedom Cafe – where chicken is cooked at 100 degrees F and the servers touch your food.
A blast from the past (2016): 15 Times Animals Interrupted News Reports.
Monday, April 12, 2021
How Do You Give Medicine to Zoo Animals?
Americans Being Unbelievably Clueless.
A blast from the past (2015): The Art of Schrodinger’s Cat.
At first I thought, "Oh no! That poor horse got a garbage can struck on its head!" Then I realized he did that on purpose. What fun! But think, pal, you can't see where you're going! You know, this answers the age-old question -how do you dispose of a garbage can? Next time one wears out, I'll just put it out in the pasture for the horse to play with. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Sunday, April 11, 2021
If you've ever wondered how a courtroom stenographer keeps up with everything that is said in a trial, Isabelle Lumsden https://www.instagram.com/isabellelumsden/ is happy to explain. It takes special equipment that require a particular technique. After watching the video, I am impressed, but I still don't know how she does it. (via Digg)
Saturday, April 10, 2021
During Operation HAT in 1964, the CIA attempted to put a spring device on top of Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India. It did not go as planned. (via reddit)
We watch the cat cleaning itself, so turnabout is fair play. However, the cat is most likely astonished at our strange way of doing it, and maybe a bit concerned. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet. Click to the right of the image for more comics and other nonsense.
Filippo Brunelleschi wasn't an architect when he built the dome for the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, Italy. As such, he brought a fresh eye to the many problem of the project. (via Nag on the Lake)
(via Nag on the Lake)
Ultra badass Tekymeka is Japan’s oldest fitness trainer at age 90 (!) and she started her journey to fitness at age 65 so I guess there’s still time for meeee pic.twitter.com/6pIYdTfcVS— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) April 5, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021
Neuralink, a tech startup owned by Elon Musk, is working on a wireless brain-machine interface to give paralyzed people some control over their environment. They've reached an important milestone in the quest.
Today we are pleased to reveal the Link’s capability to enable a macaque monkey, named Pager, to move a cursor on a computer screen with neural activity using a 1,024 electrode fully-implanted neural recording and data transmission device, termed the N1 Link. We have implanted the Link in the hand and arm areas of the motor cortex, a part of the brain that is involved in planning and executing movements. We placed Links bilaterally: one in the left motor cortex (which controls movements of the right side of the body) and another in the right motor cortex (which controls the left side of the body).Pager was already pretty good at Pong, but now he can play without a joystick! Read more about the research at the company's website. (via Geekologie)
Guldies made a cute claymation video of a doughboy-type character lifting weights. It doesn't go as planned. The sequence is only 11 seconds long, but then we get a look at how the sound effects for it were created. (via Laughing Squid)
Julie Nolke has done a series of videos explaining the present to her past self without really telling her what's going to happen. It gets awkward. In this one, she has a whole year and change to prepare her younger self for. (via Laughing Squid)
As expensive as daycare is, the people who do it are either starving or looking for another job. It doesn't have to be this way. (via Metafilter)
What Famous Brands’ Slogans Should Be If They Were Honest.
Stop Shaming Vaccinated People for Socializing.
Torture Devices For Your Frat House And Lodge, from the DeMoulin Brothers & Co. catalog of 1908. (Thanks, WTM!)
The Answers That Contestants Gave To This Jeopardy! Question Reveal A Lot About The Dark Side Of American History.
Some of Europe’s Oldest-Known Modern Humans Are Distantly Related to Native Americans.
Disneyland in California will open the new Avengers Campus on June 4. (via Mashable)
How India’s ‘Mango Man’ Grew a Tree With 300 Flavors.
A blast from the past (2009): 7 Animals That Appear to Fly (Besides Birds, Bats, and Insects).
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Every tech company wants to be like Google. According to the discussion at reddit, the open office concept is so that the boss can keep an eye on how much you work, you can't drink the beer until after work, and playing ping pong gets you written up for not working enough. The snacks are so you can work longer hours. None of this really makes a job better. But why are they all in Austin?
When you have kids and can't go places, you need to get creative about having fun at home. Steve Wilkins and his sons Tyler and Dylan harnessed the family treadmill for some auto racing. They tilted the back end of the treadmill and loaded it up with 100 Hot Wheels cars! Switch on the treadmill, and watch what happens. Wilkins provides the exciting play-by-play narration as we find out which car will survive the race. They've recorded a whole series of these races. (via Laughing Squid)
Zip the border collie had five canine agility championship titles before a hit and run driver left her paraplegic. She spent two week in ICU and several months in therapy, and was fitted with all-terrain wheels to get around. From iReport:
After being away from agility for 7 months, we went to a trial far from home to see how Zip would react to being at a trial but not entered. She played tug ringside and barked at her brother when he ran. That part hadn’t changed. Then one day I brought her to agility practice. It was too hot to leave her in the car so my husband put her on a mat near the field. Suddenly Zip appeared at the base of the AF. She’d crawled 60 feet from her mat; she wanted to play agility. A friend and my husband decided to put the bars down on the course and I was handed a leash attached to Zip’s wheelchair. They said, “Run her.” I had reservations but Zip was gleefully barking by this time. We ran and she did great. She now practices all the time. The Five Flags Dog Training Club in Pensacola held a Glory Run for Retired Agility Dogs on December 3, 2011. The small entry fee was donated to the “Chase Away Canine Cancer” organization.
Even though the bars are removed from the jumps, notice how Zip "jumps" with her front legs anyway. That's a good dog! (via Buzzfeed)
He bends his eyebrows as masterfully as he bends the strings. (via Everlasting Blort)
Matt 'Guitar' Murphy at The American Folk Blues Festival tour in Europe (1962-1966) #blues #bluesmusic— bluesharp (@bluezharp) March 30, 2021
Willie Dixon, bass
Memphis Slim, piano
Billy Stepney, drums https://t.co/P3N53UjYbe
🎶'Murphy’s Boogie' [#live 1963] (Colourised) pic.twitter.com/pKT7j2xPIO
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
Miniatur Wunderland is the magical place in Hamburg, Germany, that has the world's largest model railway. In March, they set up a train to cruise through 2,840 water glasses, playing classical tunes as it passes by. The trip lasted six minutes, and set a world record! The rest of the video is a look at how they did it. (via Digg)
Introducing cats to an augmented reality game is super fun! Well, to the cats, this is just plain reality, but since they are well-behaved pampered cats, it's a treat. For the rest of us, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is rendered in augmented reality. That's an added layer of fun for us, but the cats are truly the stars in this video. (via Neatorama)
Even in a pandemic year, the high school hockey players of Minnesota grow their hair in an attempt to make the Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team. This is the 12th annual team. YouTuber Game On! Minnesota goes with the flow and gives us the rundown of the hair situation this season. Hair that was cut, or rather, styled at home ruled this year. Facial hair was rarely seen due to masks. As always, the hair competition supports the Hendrickson Foundation, which runs Special, Sled, Blind, and Military hockey programs. (via Metafilter)
Who Was the Most Evil Scientist in History? Your first guess is probably right.
'The Public Universal Friend,' Or The 1776 US History Story You Never Learned In School.
Won’t Someone Please Think of Brazil’s Least-Adorable Marmoset? The buffy-tufted-ear marmoset deserves protection, too.
18 Stories From Americans Who Were Charged Outrageous Amounts For Healthcare.
On Monday evening Fox News aired the first episode of their late-night comedy show. Fark enumerates what went wrong.
I can't stop watching this. Contains NSFW lyrics. (via Everlasting Blort)
The Haunted Tunnel. Building the Hoosac Tunnel costs 192 men their lives, and some believe they still inhabit it.
The Forgotten History of the Western Klan. Whereas southern Klansmen assaulted Black Americans and their white allies, California vigilantes targeted Chinese immigrants. (via Damn Interesting)
A blast from the past (2015): 9 Flowcharts for Maximum Non-Productivity.
(via Laughing Squid)
“Lose Control” This video so much energy I was hyping them up through my phone😂🤣 but they SNAPPED Hard!🔥 I Love seeing so many of yall dance to my songs! I loved me some yall🤗💜 pic.twitter.com/RxDBf1OAmC— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 4, 2021
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
In the final days of the Soviet Union, a full-length version of The Fellowship of the Ring was aired on Soviet TV. It was thought lost forever, but now it's available at YouTube. The Guardian tells us more:
The 1991 made-for-TV film, Khraniteli, based on Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, is the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed to have been made in the Soviet Union.Here's part two.
Aired 10 years before the release of the first instalment of Peter Jackson’s movie trilogy, the low-budget film appears ripped from another age: the costumes and sets are rudimentary, the special effects are ludicrous, and many of the scenes look more like a theatre production than a feature-length film.
There are no subtitles, but you can auto-generate English subtitles which are incomplete and may or may not be anywhere near accurate. There are too many ads, but most are skippable. (via Metafilter)
Godzilla vs. Kong has been available in theaters and on HBO Max for about a week, and we've already got an Honest Trailer. It certainly has spoilers, but that that really matter? Will knowing how little sense the plot makes cause you to change your mind about watching the film? Will knowing who wins the battle change your mind? Honestly, the surprises revealed in this Honest Trailer will only reinforce your previous decision to watch Godzilla vs. Kong or not.
It's finally the day that our friends from Tiny Toons made it to Happy World Land, according to this cartoon from 1992. Too bad that when they arrive, they will find it closed due to the pandemic. (via reddit)
Fletcher had never seen snow before. He is surprised and puzzled, but immediately takes full advantage of the fun things you can do with snow. Taste it! Dig it! Throw it! Run in it! Jump in it! (via reddit)
Politicians told us repeatedly that lockdowns were causing increased numbers of deaths by suicide. We kept asking to see the data. Now, we have it, and apparently, this was not true. In 2020, deaths by suicide were lower than in the previous three years. https://t.co/YbLCmd0c3o pic.twitter.com/PNEshYyQfV— Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD 🏴☠️ (@TheAngryEpi) April 4, 2021
Monday, April 05, 2021
Tom Scott took a trip to The Deep, an aquarium in Hull, UK, to see what goes on behind the scenes. He found out that taking care of sharks in captivity is a lot more complicated than setting up a big saltwater tank. It requires a sophisticated life support system. You might think, "Wouldn't it be better to leave sharks in the sea?" And I would say "Yeah." But what they do is pretty interesting.
Casa Susanna was a secret resort for gender non-conformists in the 1960s.
Servers Are Sharing The Worst Dates They've Ever Seen.
My dog, the paradox. The Oatmeal’s tribute to Rambo. (via Nag on the Lake)
A blast from the past (2007): 7 Reasons Frogs are Funny.