Sunday, January 17, 2021

Doomed: a Biological Cartoon



An increasingly frustrated narrator leads us through a nature documentary about useless animal species such as the cube fish and the inverted hedgehog that have no chance to survive or flourish because their evolutionary adaptations are just plain senseless. (via Daily of the Day)

Tweet of the Day

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Correction



Swinging Bagpipes



You aren't used to hearing the pipes played this way. Swedish musician Gunhild Carling performed in Central Park.

Venn Diagram



(via reddit)

VD Attack Plan



In 1973, Walt Disney Studios produced an educational film about venereal disease, to be shown to high school students. For some reason, this was not shown at my high school. (via Boing Boing)

Warm Milk



No, it isn't teaching a lesson, because cats don't go for that. The guy is purely seeking revenge, which might make him feel better for a minute. Oh, I can say that, because I have but one cat who knocks things off the table, and I'm pretty good at keeping the table clear. Now, if she gets on the kitchen counter, she will feel my wrath! This comic is from Cameron Spires at goattoself.

Winehouse



Globglogabgalab



It appears that the Globglogabgalab is a meme I missed out on more than a year ago. It's a clip from a 2012 British kids' movie. (via a comment at reddit

A Just World



(via Fark)

The Alien Chestburster Scene



It’s a scene that we will never, ever forget. The 1979 film Alien introduced the monster by having it emerge from John Hurt’s chest where it was apparently incubating. We were horrified, not only by the idea of an alien growing inside his body, but also the death of a major movie star so early in the film. The new series Art of the Scene by Cinefix looks at the nuts and bolts of conceiving, designing, and pulling off the horrific scene in the days before non-stop CGI. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Okay?



The Little Mermaid In New York



Ariel takes a trip to the East River and finds all kinds of things have found their way into the ocean. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Captain America 2021



By John Wesley Huff. https://www.instagram.com/jonwesleyhuff/ (via reddit)

The Lion Dance

The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 12 this year. The Lion Dance is a traditional part of the festivities in China. If you've ever wondered what the dancers look like underneath the lion costume, watch these two guys. Their dance looks pretty straightforward until... Well, just watch and you'll see something truly amazing. (via Nag on the Lake)

Barkley



You have to admit, Barkley is an attractive and memorable dog. You might even say he's a good boy! Whether Karl is, either one of them, would have to be proven somehow. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

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New Orleans will have "Float Houses" Instead of Parades for Mardi Gras



After last year's Mardi Gras celebrations led to a huge number of COVID cases, the parades are cancelled for this year. But New Orleans is bringing the parade flavor back anyway, by decorating houses as if they were traditional Mardi Gras parade floats! A project called "Hire a Mardi was Artist" is putting artists, float builders, and craftspeople to work transforming homes into colorful art installations. The money raised through donations pays for the work, and also helps struggling musicians and others who are impacted by the Mardi Gras cancellations. (via Boing Boing)

Miss Cellania's Links

On Abraham Lincoln’s Convoluted Plan For the Abolition of Slavery. (via Damn Interesting

Maximizing the Expected Value of a Lottery Ticket. What this extremely complex mathematical analysis misses is that the "value" of a lottery ticket lies more in the pleasant fantasy it creates for the buyer than in the actual outcome. (via Metafilter)

The COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed more than 336,000 lives in the United States in 2020, has significantly affected life expectancy

Why Mainstream Media Is Telling the Whitewashed Version of the MAGA Insurrection. The right doesn't believe election results because they were scrutinized and therefore uncharacteristically fair.

Dire Wolves
Were Not Really Wolves. (via Metafilter)

Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years. That's even without weighing in the pandemic. 

A blast from the past (2010): Recluses: Private, Exploited, or Self-Destructive?


The Interview



(via Fark)

How to Curl Hair



Thirteen-year-old Tori Locklear was making a tutorial about curling hair last October when things went really wrong. A few months later, she got up the nerve to put the results on YouTube. This is so perfect I'm not totally convinced it isn't viral advertising, but it is funny! (via reddit)

Tweet of the Day

You can see more of these here. (via Nag on the Lake)

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Betty



A Visual History of Sports


The Atlantic presents a short history of sports. It shouldn't be surprising that everyday activities became competitions, like throwing a spear for hunting, or fighting, or running. When games began to be made up just for the competition, that's when the real fun began. (via The Kid Should See This)

Problems



(via reddit)

The Apple Grower's Association



I know all about it. I haven't been productive at all in the last week, glued to the news. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Gobbled Up



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You knew it was coming sooner or later- a game about the year 2020.  Use your arrows to run and leap, save the baby koalas, and... I don't know what happens after that, because I keep getting killed in the fire. (via Boing Boing)

Rare Doctor’s Note Offers Glimpse Into Napoleon’s Agonized Final Years.  

Republican Members of Congress Say They’re Afraid of Being Assassinated. Maybe they should ask the democrats to loan them some backbone. (via Fark)

Do Not Inject Mushrooms. A 30-year-old man, an experienced opioid user, injected himself with a "tea" made from magic mushrooms, which led to a fungus growing in his bloodstream. 

Madrid's first snow storm in decades had residents going nuts. Turn the sound up.

5 Unethical Medical Experiments Brought Out of the Shadows of History. (via Digg)

35 Fascinating Facts About Presidential Inaugurations Past.

What we know about sex with Neanderthals

The MAGA Matrix: Reality is Fake News. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

A blast from the past (2015): The Fifth Marx Brother. Spoiler: she's a sister.

Homeowner



(via Fark)

Lion Cub's Ferocious Roar



Don't make fun …he might remember it years from now when he's the apex predator of the savannah.

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Career Move



Impeached Again (Naturally)



Rocky Mountain Mike was quick with a parody song about the news of the day!



It's true. The single time a Republican won the popular vote in a presidential election in the past 30 years was in 2004. Trump has lost the popular vote twice, which is how many times he's been impeached.

Waiting in Line



(via reddit)

Praying Mantises Watching TV



Four different species of praying mantises watch a small scale TV set made from a phone in their comfy living room. You might rightly assume that they have their preferences in subject matter- in this case, a cartoon of tasty, tasty butterflies. (via Laughing Squid)

Bargain



Desktop



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Rope Swinging in a Canyon



Devin Graham, also known as devinsupertramp, brings us the adventures of a group of extreme cliff jumpers and their 300-foot rope swing. And they did it over and over to make sure they got all the right camera a angles. You can see a behind-the-scenes video with more information. Do not try this! I saw Wile E. Coyote pull this stunt in a film more than once, and it always ended with him slamming face-first into the cliff wall. (Thanks, Dallin Smith!)

Tweet of the Day

(via Fark)

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Cleanup



An Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman 1984



It’s not often that Screen Junkies gives us an Honest Trailer for movie that’s still in theaters. Or scratch that, let’s say a new movie, because Wonder Woman 1984 is both in theaters and on HBO. Still, you’ve wondered whether this movie was worth seeing. The critical reception wasn’t all that great, but we’ve suffered from a real lack of blockbuster superhero movies lately, and we’ve become used to them. So strap in and see what WW84 is all about. Be mindful that this Honest Trailer is full of spoilers, as they all are.  



Zoo Exhibit



(via reddit)

Bella Loves Horse Racing

Bella Rose gets really excited when the horses leave the gate! According to her owner Madison Coates, Bella is a fan of all animal activities on TV, although horse racing is her favorite. (via Laughing Squid)

Definitions


1. ARBITRAITOR
A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s

2. BERNADETTE
The act of torching a mortgage.

3. BURGLARIZE
What a crook sees through

4. AVOIDABLE
What a bullfighter tries to do

5. EYEDROPPER
Clumsy ophthalmologist

6. CONTROL
A short, ugly inmate.

7. COUNTERFEITER
Workers who put together kitchen cabinets

8. ECLIPSE
What an English barber does for a living.

9. LEFT BANK
What the bank robbers did when their bag was full of money.

10. HEROES
What a man in a boat does

11. PARASITES
What you see from the Eiffel Tower

12. PARADOX
Two physicians

13. PHARMACIST
A helper on a farm

14. POLARIZE
What penguins see through

15. PRIMATE
Remove your spouse from in front of TV

16. RELIEF
What trees do in the spring

17. RUBBERNECK
What you do to relax your wife

18. SELFISH
What the owner of a seafood store does

19. SUDAFED
Brought litigation against a government official

20. PARADIGMS
Twenty Cents

21. INUENDO
Directions for preparation H

22. BIGAMIST
An Italian Fog

(via Bits and Pieces)


There's a Tweet for Everything

 


I normally wouldn't post a Tweet by this guy, but it's 1. a screenshot, 2. the account have been banned, and 3. it's a prime example of the hypocrisy of our current national leader.

Ken Jennings on Jeopardy!



Last night was the broadcast of the first episode of Jeopardy! without Alex Trebek. Guest host Ken Jennings was an inspired choice, as Jennings came to fame as a contestant on the show. In his opening remarks, he wavers a little, which is uncharacteristic of him. It's no doubt in genuine verklemptitude on stepping in for the late Trebek. Ken will do a great job. (via reddit)

Although I never met Jennings, he and I worked for Mental Floss at the same time, so that's a little brush with celebrity. I can say the same thing about maybe a dozen other well-known authors.


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Platypus Genes Are Part Bird, Reptile, And Mammal.  (via Damn Interesting

5 Presidents Who Didn't Attend Their Successor's Inauguration.

Trial By Combat Remix. It's enraging, sad, and full of profanity, but man, is it edited well.

What Bridgerton Gets Wrong About Corsets.

The dark traditions of Scandinavian birthday celebrations.

Cary Grant: A Brilliant Disguise. (via Strange Company

Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Stuck to Trees. (via Boing Boing)

The Forgotten Plague During Prohibition.

Transporting a 220-foot Wind Turbine Blade by Truck.

A blast from the past (2015): The Legend of Pope Joan.

Dear Bird



(via Fark)

Cirrus



Enjoy a collage of 1950s consumerism clips. This music video for "Cirrus" by Bonobo is animated by (you guessed it) Cyriak Harris. (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day

The insurrectionists didn’t have to shoot people nor beat them to spread death and destruction in the US Capitol building. Representative Coleman is reportedly doing well, but we can’t count on a good outcome for all others. (via Fark

Update: Rep. Pramila Jayapal as well.
 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Crime Spree



Throat Singing Meets Pop Music



I don't know who she is, but this is amazing. (via Nag on the Lake)


Apartment Bulletin Board



(via reddit)

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Message



Somewhere around 50 years ago, a young immigrant came to the United States to make his fortune in pursuit of the American Dream. He spoke little English, and what he knew of the language was fairly incomprehensible to the rest of us. But he worked hard, flexed his muscles, swung a sword, traveled through time, married a Kennedy, and served as governor of California.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice is clear and precise in this video as he speaks of the insurrection at the Capitol building, comparing it to Kristallnacht in 1938. But he has hope and confidence in America. This is the kind of video that makes you stand up a little straighter and remember what kind of country we want to live in.



Things to Release at a Wedding Ceremony



Hey, remember when people had big weddings with guests and everything? Someday, I hope soon, we will be able to attend such gatherings again. If I'm involved in the planning in any way whatsoever, I'll suggest releasing the Kraken. From Coolness Graphed. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Dance!



(Thanks, Brother Bill!)

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Parrot Gets a New Beak

Trial By Combat Remix. It's enraging, sad, and full of profanity, but man, is it edited well.

John Adams: Superspreader.  Catching the flu did not restrict him from hobnobbing with Boston's elite. (via Strange Company)

Woman Delightfully Trolls Anti-Vaxxer Group On Facebook.

Was I wrong to fall for a cheating cat?

There are an insane number of cool space things happening in 2021. 

The Real Story Behind Aztec Crystal Skulls. It appears now that they originated from one man.  (via Strange Company)

The Hidden Meaning of a Stanley Milgram's Notorious Experiment. His real aim was overshadowed by the Nazis. (via Damn Interesting)

By Bullet or Ballot: One of the Only Successful Coups in American History. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2015): 10 Glorious Facts About Sunflowers.

Black Holes



(via Fark)

Gibbs SR Toothpaste



A British toothpaste ad from 1955, but when it was assumed that everyone had gum disease -which they probably did.

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Crime Duo



Glasgow Train Toilet


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Weeping in The Promised Land



John Fogerty dropped a new song Wednesday, just as rioters gathered in Washington, ready to invade the Capitol building. “Weeping in the Promised Land” addresses Donald Trump and the events of the past few years without naming names, but perfectly captures the enormous sorrow those events leave in their wake. Here are the lyrics.

Water in the well been poisoned with lies
Weeping in the promised land
Satan’s dark angels are falling from the sky
Weeping in the promised land
Children of God, he turns into stone
The sick and the weak, he dances on their bones
Pharoah shouting down the medicine man
Weeping in the promised land

Fork-tongued pharaoh, behold he comes to seek
Weeping in the promised land
Hissing and spewing, it’s power that he seeks
Weeping in the promised land
With dread in their eyes, all the nurses are crying
Everywhere sorrow, everywhere dying
Pharoah keeps preaching but he never had a plan
Weeping in the promised land
Weeping in the promised land

Pharoah’s army knocking on the door
Weeping in the promised land
Shoot you in your bed just like they done before
Weeping in the promised land
Out in the street, on your neck with a knee
All the people are crying your last words
“I can’t breathe”
And the white judge say “there’s been no crime here today”
Weeping in the promised land
Weeping in the promised land

(via Nag on the Lake)


Model Railway POV with Monster



You might think you're watching a travelogue from a train until you see the giant feline stalking your ride! Jonathan Lawton of West Yorkshire built this model railway and strapped a camera on the front, which is infinitely enhanced when his cat Mittens joins in the fun. (via Digg)

You Know the Outcome



It's just so much easier to take the path of least resistance. But we always have those dreams, don't we? This comic is from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles.

Snowtrooper



(Thanks, WTM!)

Alert



(via Fark)

Most Intense Commercial Ever



It’s an ad for life insurance in Thailand, but that’s not important. This made me cry. (via BrandweekNRX)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Erratic



Been there, done that. (via Bad Newspaper)

Social Distancing Snowman



(via reddit)

I Wanna Be A Dancing Man



When a dance scene for the 1952 movie The Belle of New York was reshot months later, Fred Astaire still had every move down. What a professional. What a classic. (via reddit)

Surprise Party


That's... really messed up when you think about it in elemental terms. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

World's Best



Peanuts Gang Singing "Roundabout" by Yes



All this needed was the right video. (via Laughing Squid)

Affirmation



(via Fark)

Cookbook



(via reddit)

The Complaints Choir of Helsinki



Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen collected the pet peeves and angst-ridden pleas of people in Helsinki and then composed this choral work around the list of complaints. Music composed by Esko Grundström.  

I realize this is not new, but it’s still worth sharing. If you can get past giggling at the lyrics, the musical performance is quite enjoyable. The song went over so well that there were soon complaint choirs in cities around the world. (via mental_floss)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, January 08, 2021

Poor Translation



(via Bad Menu)

Pizza Sign



(via reddit)

Randy Rainbow Brings Us Sedition!



The word "sedition" has been with us almost constantly for the last few weeks, until it rolls out of our mouths like a song. I went to Randy Rainbow's Twitter account to suggest he put it to the tune of "Tradition" from Fiddler on the Roof. Of course, there were at least a dozen other people who had already suggested it. Now the parody song is here in all its glory.

Breakfast



Click to the right to advance the comic. Cartoon mascots can be terrifying with just a tiny touch of realism. Or is it the concept of advertising that's scary? Shut up, kid, and start your day with some sugar. This comic is from Ben Hed at Pet Foolery.

Subtitles



Discovering that the Bee Gees Weren't Black



It's an occasional treat for me (when I have time) to watch reaction videos of young folk discovering old music. This one is surprising. It never occurred to me that young Black people don't know that the Bee Gees were white. But now that I think about it, Millennials and Zoomers didn't grow up watching MTV the way Gen X did, and certainly don't watch TV the way we Boomers did. They hear the classics on Spotify and movie soundtracks. So it's a revelation to watch young people discover the brothers Gibb in this compilation. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

27 Pictures That Show How Out Of Control The Situation At The United States Capitol Was on Wednesday. And videos

Trump has been banned from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Shopify, and Twitch. Twitter gave him a short time out, which has lapsed.

Police Need Help Identifying Famous QAnon Guy Named Jake Angeli From Arizona. D.C. police will give you $1,000 for information about this very famous person who has been identified dozens of times.

An Australian Town’s Identity Rests on a Ship That May Not Exist.

Who Invented the Alphabet? The development profoundly changed the way we communicate.

Why the Vaccine Rollout Has Been Such a Disaster. (via Digg)

Lessons on Enduring a Lonely Winter From Antarctic Voyagers. No video games, no internet, no TV, but plenty of penguins.

Remember That Time a Nuclear Weapons Bunker Blew Up in San Antonio? (via Damn Interesting)

How to keep your cat occupied while you study. Here's another.

A blast from the past (2017): 7 Fun Cold Weather Activities Beyond Snowmen.

Misunderstanding

(via Fark)

Hungry Fat Cat



Poor thing, he's got an empty dish! Can things get any worse? At least he is an effective communicator! (via Arbroath)

Tweet of the Day

Courtesy of an insurrectionist and the Gregory Brothers. (via Fark

Thursday, January 07, 2021

Bargain?



America's African President



As we wind down to the last couple of weeks of the Trump administration, Trevor Noah looked back and posted his analysis of Trump before he was elected. You can tell it's old just by seeing his pre-covid haircut. Trevor recognized something about the candidate that we found funny then, but it turned out to be quite accurate, in a narcissistic dictator sort of way.


My Dog



(via reddit)

Every Single Scandinavian Crime Drama



They call this Nordic Noir. I''m sure you'd have to have experience with the genre to fully get the humor, but it's mildly humorous even with no context. Anyone from Scandinavia willing to share their thoughts? The comments at reddit have links to some similar shows that you might want to explore, if you're into this sort of thing.  



Luke or Harry



Pop culture stories do manage to all look alike after a while. When a story works, it will work again. While not checking all the boxes, I can think of other heroes that fit this trope. Dorothy Gale for one. Frodo. King Arthur. This comic is from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Duck!



Taco Truck



(via Fark)