Sunday, May 16, 2021

Pandemic Graduation



I had two kids graduate in 2020, and they didn't even get this much. But they would have been mortified if I had tried to arrange something like this. Yeah, maybe this year will be better for grads. (Thanks, WTM!)

No More Masks



Kate McKinnon opened the show on Saturday Night Live last night as Dr. Antony Fauci. He is trying to introduce new mask guidelines, but it doesn’t work out as he intended.  



Longer



(via Fark)

Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue



A mashup of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Rhapsody in Blue" by Scott Bradlee, and a bag up performance of the same. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

In Your Face



The Shakiest Gun in the West



Don Knotts is a dentist who goes west in this 1968 comedy.

Back to School



(via reddit)

Cat Climbs Stairs in Tandem



A talented Finnish cat named Nipa climbs the stairs on his human's feet. Neat, but if you were to train a cat to do a trick, why this one? It turns out that Nipa knows a lot of tricks, which you can see at his Instagram gallery. (via Laughing Squid)


Thank You, Bob



Click to the right to advance the comic. How many times has this happened to you? It's happened to me at almost every place I've ever worked. When they find out you CAN do something, that something then becomes part of your job, at no extra pay, or even time to do it. This comic is from Work Chronicles.

How to Turn Off a Ceiling Fan



From someone with a lot of experience, you have to become one with the fixture. You must get to really know it on its own level. What bothers me most these days about ceiling fans (which I rely on these days) is a the widely varying quality of light bulbs. A ceiling fan needs several that match, and the most expensive ones seem to fail the fastest. This graphic is from Matt Shirley.

Owl Attack



Graphics Glitch Multiplies Meteorologist



A glitch in the graphics system made Minneapolis weather forecaster Jennifer McDermed into infinite versions of herself for a short time. These kinds of shenanigans make the weather worth watching! (via Neatorama)


Drama



(via Fark)

Fox and Golf Ball



A juvenile fox takes advantage of a golf ball coming his way. This hazard wasn't explained back at the club house. Still, watching him play was probably more fun than the game. (via Daily of the Day)

Tweet of the Day

(via Digg)

Friday, May 14, 2021

He Would Say That



Always consider the source, and what their motivation may be. (via Bad Newspaper)

This Land is Mine



If you're confused about the controversy over Trump moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, you are not alone. But it may be the perfect time to revisit Nina Paley's video of Andy William's version of "This Land is Mine," the theme from Exodus. It tells the history of Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant. If you can't keep up with the players, there's a viewer's guide at her blog.

Update 2021: Originally produced in 2012, Nina Paley herself said it's time to dust this one off again.
 

Gaslighting



If you're not familiar with the term "gaslighting," here's an explanation. It's a bit more complicated than just "blaming the victim," which is what you see above. (via reddit)

Bimbo's Initiation



In this Fleischer Studios cartoon from 1931, Bimbo stumbles (literally) into a secret society that wants to make him a member. The hazing is nightmarish and surreal, which made Bimbo's Initiation a classic. (via Boing Boing)

The Best Things in Life are Free



The comments under the comic at reddit made me feel better about spending so much having three of Marshmallow's rotten teeth pulled. For a cat, that involves surgical anesthetic. Some of those other folks have spent way more on their beloved pets. This comic is from mitya hx.

Unhappy Customer



Why You'll Never Buy a House



The complete title of this video is "Why you'll never buy a House in Ireland," but it applies to housing all over. (via Digg)


Accountant



(via Fark)

Death Star vs. Enterprise



At first I thought this might be a sequel to the 2008 video Death Star Over San Francisco, but it's not. Oh yes, in this alternate reality, Earth is part of the Galactic Empire, but in this world, it's still okay to use the fake "amateur shaky cam" effect. And then the Enterprise shows up from the future to grab some more whales.  (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Big Reward



Iggy Pop Listening to Music with His Bird



Iggy Pop pulls up the song "Tweet Tweet Tweet" by Sleaford Mods. Who is better equipped than his parrot to render an opinion on it? (via reddit)


Up-and-coming Band



The hack of a major fuel pipeline in the US prompted some folks to panic and buy all the gas they could, which is what caused any shortages. The pipeline is running again, but these folks will have gas-soaked SUV carpet for some time, if they don't manage to burn the thing up first. (via reddit)

Taking a Break at an Animal Rescue Shelter



There's lots of work to be done at Sunshine Animal Refuge Agadir in Morocco, but everyone needs a break now and again. One commenter asked "Is this heaven?" and Recomemedur (the uploader) replied, "Damn near." (via Nag on the Lake)

Crow



He should have just let Hank have his moment in the sun, don't you think? This comic is from Bonus Context. (via reddit)

Dead Stuff

Miss Cellania's Links

11 Facts About Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" (now that it's 50 years old). The last one makes it all worthwhile.  

Why Cats Knock Your Stuff Over. And what you can do about it. (Thanks, WTM!)

Nobody Wants To Work Anymore

Star Wars fans now have a valid argument for visiting the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Smithsonian has acquired Luke Skywalker's X-Wing fighter!

Q-Nuts: "It's the Insurrection, Charlie Brown!" The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

What's the Minimum Number of People Needed to Survive an Apocalypse? (via Damn Interesting)

It Took Divorce to Make My Marriage Equal. He'll finally help with the kids when he has 50% custody. (via Metafilter)

No winners in this game, but it's fun for both.

The Unfortunately Action-Packed Afterlife of a California Grave-Robbery Victim. 

A blast from the past (2015): 8 Fictional Places (That Sound Real).

Night Owls



(via Fark)

Cat Rings a Bell for Treats



This cat has it made. From the YouTube page:
I trained my cat to ring a bell for treats. Now, when he wants treats, he will lay down in front of the bell and ask his servant_me to give him..When he gets full, he will push the bell away, and clean his paws
Why would anyone cede that much power to a cat? Of course, the cat considers this service to be the natural order of things. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day

Found at Bored Panda, where there's an entire list of worker-produced signs, memes, and cartoons about the employment problem.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Boneless, Skinless



Two Mothers Bonding Over Babies



Kiki, a gorilla at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, saw Emmeline Austin through the glass and was drawn to her five-week-old son Canyon. You might guess that Kiki is a new mother, too, and you'd be right. It's a shame that Kiki and her son Pablo are living behind glass, but conditions in the wild aren't all that great for gorillas these days, either. (via Boing Boing)  

We Like Watching Birds



Brian David Gilbert and Karen Han like to watch birds, and they've wrote a nice little song about it. How wholesome! If you think that's all this is, you are in for a shock. From Gilbert's Tweet introducing it:

we like watching birds!
enjoy our normal video about the normal birds that we like watching (normally)!
(via Laughing Squid)

Burdens

No matter who you are, your burdens are worse than anyone's. This comic is from reza at Poorly Drawn Lines.

Frame Shop

(via Buzzfeed)

The Surprising Reason Behind Chinatown's Aesthetic



Chinatowns in various cities around the world look a lot alike, but while it may be the Western vision of old China, it was never accurate. The reasons behind this require a lesson in the history of San Francisco's Chinatown. It's disturbing, but not surprising. Like so many parts of our history, it was a struggle to balance racism and capitalism. (via Boing Boing)


Nuts



(via Fark)

Pommel Horse Routine



The popular Japanese TV show Masquerade is a talent contest. Look through their YouTube channel and you'll see many such physical illusions.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Nominative Determinism Partners



Baby Got Bach



This remix by the YouTuber known as There I Ruined It combined Sir Mix-A-Lot with Leonard Bernstein to produce this mess. It's not the first time that "Baby Got Back" has been given the classical treatment, far from it, but the world has room for one more such project. (via reddit)

Doctor Playset



The gun is weird enough, but what use are the bowling pins? This appears to be the "set of leftover toys."  (via reddit)

A Crime Against Childhood



Distance learning has been the bane of families with children for a year now, and the setups that make it possible to have classes during a pandemic also make it possible to hold class when weather makes transportation by school bus too dangerous. This sounds horrid for those who remember how wonderful snow days are, like CGP Grey. If you went to school in Florida, here's an introduction to what snow days meant to us. (via reddit)

Heaven

Racoon Rescued from Embarrassing Situation



This is exactly what it looks like. A raccoon in Toronto tore a hole in a roof and tried to enter the attic, where he no doubt thought he'd live the best week of his raccoon life. But his butt was too big for the hole. Yeah, he got stuck, rear end up. The raccoon was there long enough for the homeowner to notice and call a pest control company. Liddle Rascals Wildlife Control Inc. responded and saw that this was a great opportunity for a video. The guy extracted the raccoon in one piece; the roof wasn't so lucky. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Clang, Clang, Clang Went Josh Hawley! Randy Rainbow's latest parody is sung to the tune of "The Trolley Song" from the musical Meet Me in St. Louis.  

Japanese Bomb Found in Missouri Yard. It was from World War II, but it was still live! (via TYWKIWDBI)

Sure, Velociraptor Repellent Is 95% Effective Against Velociraptor Attacks, But Do We Really Need to Wear It to Visit Jurassic Park? (via Nag on the Lake)

Star Wars Questions that Should Never be Answered.

In Japan, Combating the Coronavirus Calls for a Big Pink Cat

US millionaire CEOs saw 29% pay raise while workers’ pay decreased in 2020. (via reddit)


There’s No Such Thing as a Tree. (via Metafilter)

The Source of the Nile River: A Mystery That Spanned Three Millennia. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2015): 4 Women Murderers (and another who might have been).

Online Class



(via Fark)

Chemistry Dubstep



This musical interlude was produced from the sounds made in a laboratory during chemistry experiments. There are links to the individual experiments at the YouTube page, in case any of them intrigues you. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day

(via Buzzfeed)

Monday, May 10, 2021

Radiation



What Would You Do?



(via reddit)

Clever Girl



Click to the right to advance the comic. Who knows? This may have been how the actual scene played out in the movies, but we’ll never get a chance to read a velociraptor’s mind. It makes sense, though. This comic is from Strangetrek. (via reddit)


Portal



Miss Cellania's Links

Songs about Stagger Lee vary widely in their details over the past century, so what was the real story?  (via Strange Company)  

Vote for the Best Zoo in America. (via Fark)

Ridiculous Facebook Group Does Something Good. Boomers as a group are fair game, but looking at someone as an individual makes all the difference.

Why more older couples are getting divorced. (via Digg)

An examination of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back" as a response to racism. (via Boing Boing)

Why Negan Must Die In The Final Season Of The Walking Dead. As in the case of Kylo Ren, repentance does not excuse mass murder.  

We Found the Textbooks of Senators Who Oppose The 1619 Project and Suddenly Everything Makes Sense. An eye-opening look at what passes for American history education.

The First Car To Go 100km/h

Even Wealthy Americans had Worms in the 1800s. (via Strange Company

The Flight of Aerodrome No. 5. Samuel Pierpont Langley’s flying machine did not have the right stuff.

A blast from the past (2017): 11 Outrageous Ballpark Foods.



Optimist Kitteh



(via Fark)

Baby Pancake and Watermelon



This is Pancake the flat-faced kitten. Watch him nibble on a watermelon wedge. Squee! (via Laughing Squid

Tweet of the Day

(via Nag on the Lake)

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Talking Animals!



Hot



(via reddit)

The Making of Teeny Little Super Guy



Teeny Little Super Guy was a segment of Sesame Street that featured a guy on a plastic cup, animated by stop-motion. I never saw it, because I was an adult before it ever aired. This video shows how they did stop-motion animation in the days before computers. (via Nag on the Lake)

Dog Owners



Click to the right to advance the comic. This has been a long year, both for us and for them. This comic is from yoyoha. (via reddit)



Ice Cream



(Thanks, WTM!)

Elon Musk on Saturday Night Live


**

This skit on SNL last night took the bull by the horns, so to speak, and made fun of host Elon Musk for his very weirdness. It was bit …awkward, but what else could they do? The monologue was on the same subject. Maybe the whole show was. I didn’t stay up for it.

Happy Mothers Day!



(via Fark)

Mae Toi



Watch out! It's Thai insurance ad, which means you WILL shed a tear. Happy Mothers Day.

Tweet of the Day

(via Digg)

Saturday, May 08, 2021

House Salad



(via Bad Menu)

One Hundred Years of Animation



Animation has come a long way from hand-drawn stick figures on celluloid. You may argue about which era was best for content and aesthetics, but you have to be impressed at the evolution of techniques, materials, and technology that shape our extensive catalog of animated media. This supercut follows animation over its more than 100-year history. (via Digg)

 

Movie Poster



(via reddit)

At the Produce Shop



Classic Boomer humor from Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield. For Americans, Orange is a British telecom. (via reddit


Types of Scientific Paper



Once you've seen this graphic, you will be on the lookout to categorized any science paper you are referred to from now on. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd

Tequila!



Does what it says on the tin. (via reddit)

Smile



(via Fark)

Banana Nose



Surreal. This is what the internet was made for. This animation exercise ended up being a fine finished product, for what it is. (via Daily of the Day)

Tweet of the Day

(via Fark

Friday, May 07, 2021

Crash Blossom



Unbelievable Bird Behaviours



BBC Earth has compiled clips of various bird species from their shows into one video showcasing extreme bird behavior, including fishing with bait, adoption, and cooperation with other species. It's 15 minutes long, but you can watch it in parts, because there are a lot of birds here, all interesting. (via Laughing Squid)


Shark Story



(via reddit)

Meanwhile, on Mars



Curiosity landed on Mars in 2012 for a two-year mission. It's still working, though, almost nine years later. You can't blame it for wanting to come home and retire. This comic is from CommitStrip.

Crab



Every Conversation for the Next Three Months



People are finally starting to see each other after a year of isolation. For many of us, that means trying to gain back lost social skills, so let's make small talk about the only thing that's happened to us recently. I've had a version of this conversation quite a few times lately, which Nick Smith distills into less than a minute. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

 

The Cat on the Rug Problem.

A Brief History of Guitar Smashing.  (via Digg)

Malian Woman Gives Birth to Nine Babies. Halima Cisse was told she was carrying seven babies; two more were a surprise. (via Boing Boing)

How the ‘Queen of Thieves’ Conned French Riviera Wealthy.

A photograph of former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Roselyn hosting a visit from President Biden and his wife Jill makes the Bidens look like giants. The distortion is a confluence of several factors that are explained at Popular Photography. (via Popular Science)

How to own the libs. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.  

A First Look at HBO's House of the Dragon. And some idea of how this plays out in the books.

How to watch the Star Wars movies in order.

There’s No Place Quite like that Big Empty Mansion sitting on a Hilltop outside NYC. Take a look inside the 72-room Alder Manor.

A blast from the past (2015): A Rainbow of Butterflies.

Suddenly



(via Fark)

Micro Mayhem



This car chase video contains wrecks, animal gore, shooting, and extreme violence. Just keep reminding yourself that it's stop-motion using toys. (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day

It's amazing what some people will do for a viral video. (via Nag on the Lake)

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Defense Argument



Cameron's Car



(via reddit)

A Dog's Tale



Raven is now 13 years old, and sort of retired from running trails. But she has led an amazing life. And she tells us about trail life quite poetically.

Celebrating the joys of mountain biking through the eyes of the trail dog, Raven takes us from her driveway memories in BC to the high deserts of Utah, to freshly cut South African trails and back again. We meet some of the feistiest, four-legged trail personalities along the way, who all enjoy the mountain bike world in their own way, just like us humans do, whether it’s hitting jump lines, lapping through the loam, or setting out to build new trail.
They're all good dogs, and the photography is amazing. Don't miss the credits.

(via Everlasting Blort)

Emotions

Sometimes it's not all that easy being human. But I still believe it beats being a robot. This comic is from
Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble

Lemons

When life gives you lemons, make orange juice! (via Arbroath)

The Expert



(via Fark)

Why I Hate Going to Graduations



Sure, they're all alike, but it's still a big moment for a parent who finally gets one kid launched into adulthood. The good part is that we don't have to go to these things every year, like principals and presidents and professors. But I sure wish that one family with the air horn wouldn't show up. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Update 2021: I should have never posted this video years ago. I had TWO kids graduate in 2020 and they got no ceremony or celebration at all. In 2021, my niece is graduating and she can only bring her parents. I'd gladly sit through a college graduation ceremony two years in a row (or three, if Princess hadn't taken a gap year) knowing what I know now.

Tweet of the Day

(via Mashable

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Correction



Amur Tiger Cubs Born at Toronto Zoo



Mazyria, a 14-year-old endangered Amur tiger at the Toronto Zoo, gave birth to three cubs on April 30-May 1.

The first cub was born at 11:40 pm and the second and third cubs arrived early in the morning on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Mom and cubs are all doing well; Wildlife Care Keepers have been monitoring them closely using remote cameras to minimize disturbance – a key factor to ensure that mom and cubs bond well. So far, Mazyria is being an exemplary mother, nursing and grooming the cubs regularly, but the first month remains a critical time for these new arrivals. As long as there is no need to intervene, the cubs will have their first veterinary checkup in 6-8 weeks’ time, at which point their sexes will be determined. This is Mazy’s second litter: her first litter of three cubs was born in 2013 at Granby Zoo.

There are only about 500 Amur tigers left in the wild. That's an improvement since the 1930s, when there were only a couple of dozen. (via Nag on the Lake)


Ice Cream

(via reddit)

Attendance



Click to the right to advance the comic. Bosses love 100% attendance, no matter what's going on in your life, so teachers are expected to instill that work ethic. One of my daughters' classmates was lauded for 100% attendance for 12 years of school. I asked how she ever got a driver's license. The kid didn't have one, because it would have ruined her attendance record.

Every place I've ever worked, it was expected that you show up, sick or not. If you are in an at-will state, your job may depend on it. If not, well, your pay might depend on it. This comic is from Work Chronicles.



Pedals



(Thanks, WTM!)