Wednesday, June 30, 2021
If you just listened to this, you'd be impressed, but seeing how it's done is even more impressive. Musician Johnatha Bastos https://www.instagram.com/jbastosoficial/ was born with no hands and very short arms. He plays guitar with his feet and piano with his stumps, just not at the same time. (via Neatorama)
This explanation of what not to do on a first date is woefully inadequate, but hey, it's supposed to be a humorous overview from a guy who doesn't date much. The opposite sex could tell you days worth of stories involving men who made the most outlandish screwups on a first date. Like they say, you gotta kiss a lot of frogs... (via Digg)
Fool your cat into thinking the odd vegetables are producing sounds, and you have instant entertainment. How could TV ever be this amusing? Now, if we could only get people to hold their phones correctly as they record… (via Daily Picks and Flicks)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
How many times has something happened that made national news, and someone said "Simpsons did it!" immediately? It's uncanny how The Simpsons made so many gags that ended up happening in the real world years later. Were the writers so in tune with trends that they could predict the future? Is it all coincidence? Is this phenomenon an illusion of our perception? Or are they time travelers? Maybe our world is turning into a sitcom! Buzzfeed Unsolved goes through these theories, and then takes a look at what's really happening. (via Digg)
We knew that Boston Dynamics' quadruped robot Spot could dance, but we didn't know it could make such a nice chorus line! Here you see seven of them dancing to BTS's "IONIQ: I'm On It." Read more about this performance here. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Monday, June 28, 2021
Shmorby attempts to introduce newbies (meaning children) to the internet. While he wants to paint the web as a fun, useful place, alas, the real internet keeps butting in. Oh yeah, and don't beat yourself up over missing "the internet mascot everyone knows and loves," because the only people who knew Schmorby before last fall were his creators. (via Metafilter)
Man from 1818 Predicts USA of the Future. For instance, Americans travel to the moon, but some citizens didn't believe it. (via Strange Company)
California Triplets are All Pregnant. (via Fark)
The Overlooked Queer History of Medieval Christianity. (via Metafilter)
Attack of the Critical Race Theory.
Surprising Human Remains From Israeli Quarry Complicate Our Evolutionary Picture.
The ‘shadow reality world’ promoting the lie that the presidential election was stolen.
The Mystery of Greek Fire. In the 7th century, Byzantine warfare included the use of what appears to be a flamethrower! (via Strange Company)
First-ever DNA Recovered from Extinct Miniature Elephants of Sicily. (via Damn Interesting)
A blast from the past (2015): 12 Outlandish Species Names.
Only in America can you be— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 16, 2021
Pro-involuntary migrant hysterectomy
Pro-POTUS who blows off a pandemic
Pro-POTUS who lies to you in a pandemic
still call yourself ‘Pro-Life.’
Sunday, June 27, 2021
What is this crowd chanting? TikTok member Kegan Stiles gives us nine options; which do you hear? What's really weird is that you can read down the list while listening to the audio, and it sounds like every one of them... except there are nine options, and only eight lines to the chant. Once you've decided what you are hearing, you can go to the original video to find out what they are really saying. There is a parental warning for explicit lyrics on that one, although I don't understand why. (via Boing Boing)
When news outlets try to distill a complex story into a short blurb or a 30-second news bite, the details often get distorted. It doesn't help that so many people only read the headlines. The 1994 lawsuit against McDonald's over hot coffee became the ultimate example of a frivolous lawsuit, but when you dig into the details, it is revealed to have been anything but frivolous. LegalEagle explains what really happened. The McDonald's case takes only the first six minutes; afterward there are other cases of "frivolous" lawsuits that were more substantial than they appeared at first glance. (via Digg)
Saturday, June 26, 2021
A spectator held a sign in front of cameras and caused a crash on the first day of the Tour de France. Around a hundred cyclists were knocked down, dozen of bikes had to be replaced, and 21 athletes were injured. Several cyclists had to drop out of the race. (via Digg)
Pat Stansik achieved some YouTube notoriety and became that all-too-curious phenomena known as a local celebrity. I had to laugh because I know all about this from my radio days. For years, in various towns, I found that if you meet ten people in a day, eight will have never heard of you, one has, but is not overly impressed, and one will act as if you are a movie star. It's always best to keep your ego in check. (via Tastefully Offensive)
This photo was taken moments after Billy Dee informed me that direct eye contact with royalty was punishable by prison and/or beheading (note @realbdw's sly enjoyment of his prank, as @TheFrankOzJam looks on) Obviously, I wasn't taking any chances! #NoHeadlessHamsterPlease 🤯 pic.twitter.com/27bq4NOg6L— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 23, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Every song of the summer from the past 45 years. (via Boing Boing)
A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at an ex-Presidency. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
The stigma of the lonely woman. A comic on what it means to age as a woman in isolation.
Why Do Baseball Players Wear Stirrups? It's not just for fashion, although fashion begins the story of how they came about.
How the vaccine works.
The Forbidden Book Written in the Blood of Saddam Hussein.
The Science Behind Grilling the Perfect Steak.
The Women Who Want to Be Priests. (via Digg)
A blast from the past (2017): 8 Heartwarming Animal Retirement Homes.
This woman spotted in Thailand has a cow skull on the front of her bike and rifles mounted on the sides. But what really catches your attention is her pet bird, which alternates from riding on the bike to flying along with the woman! (via Arbroath)
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Kevin Parry has entertained us with all kinds of stop-motions videos. In a followup to his fruits and vegetables video, he zooms into the inner structures of tropical fruits, some you may not be familiar with (there's a list in the top comment here). But the best part is after the fruits, where we get to see how it's done. And that's where it becomes clear why Parry didn't treat the coconut the same way as the other fruits. (via Kottke )
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
The new movie F9 is in theaters now. It's a simple name for the ninth film in a series centered around a set of characters driving cars very fast. That's nine movies, and a few spinoffs. These characters -and their plots- have come a long way from that first film in 2001, The Fast and the Furious, which Screen Junkies is just now getting around to making an Honest Trailer for.
Namaqualand: South Africa’s Daisy Sensation. It doesn't happen every year, but when it does, it's spectacular. (via Nag on the Lake)
Vatican urges Italy to stop proposed anti-homophobia law. (via reddit)
Extremely Eccentric Minor Planet to Visit Inner Solar System This Decade. It's named 2014 UN271, but it's liable to soon be called Planety McPlanetface. (via Kottke)
Confronting the Elephant in the Room. Literally. (via Damn Interesting)
Minnesotastan made some homemade Amaretto, and it was good enough to share the recipe.
We Should Abolish the Left Turn, Science Suggests. (via Digg)
Intern Screws Up, Just Like Everyone Else. People are coming out of the woodwork to support an HBO Max intern by sharing their own early career mistakes.
Behind the Façade of Potemkin Villages.
A blast from the past (2015): 11 Distinctive Breeds of Sheep.
The Key of Awesome parodies videos in which one person performs a fully-produced song. People who do those projects are talented and impressive, but the technique has become hackneyed by now. Contains a little NSFW language. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
If you don't have a cat to blame it on, this might be your explanation. Not that the cat needs those things, but they are fun to bat around until they end up under some heavy piece of furniture. This comic is from Adriaan Debergh at Astronaut Creator. (via reddit)
Here's another bit of history you probably didn't learn in an American school because 1. the US had nothing to do with it, 2. anything more recent than 1492 didn't make it into your World History class, and 3. it was all a teacher could do to squeeze in World War II before the end of the school year. But what happened in India in the 20th century is important globally.
Without using words, Awkward Spaceship recreates a conversation that happens every evening somewhere. But it's not always the gender roles portrayed -I've been through this ordeal with various family members too many times, and generally just get myself a sandwich if no one else wants to cook or make a decision about dinner. Then the most clueless kid will come to me about 10PM and ask what's for dinner! (Thanks, Sam Kashe!)
Monday, June 21, 2021
Welsh miners used to make their own fireworks to celebrate important occasions, which mainly consisted of sticking gunpowder into holes. These were called rock cannons. Tom Scott shows us how they worked. What could possibly go wrong? Please don't try detonating a rock cannon yourself, unless you have a test range and an expert explosive engineer. Also, be sure not to surprise your local law enforcement agency, because they could easily surprise you back.
The tiny animal known as the hydra is the closest thing we've seen to an immortal being. They don't have a lot of organs, and the ones they have stay young because the cells are completely replenished regularly. Cut it in half, and it doesn't die -rather it reproduces. Put it in a blender and separate all its cells? It will just reform itself! The secret is stem cells, which the hydra has plenty of. (via Aeon)
Survey Shows People No Longer Believe Working Hard Will Lead To A Better Life. (via Damn Interesting)
Inside the Tombs of Saqqara. The further you dig, the more you find, and the further you go, the more pristine the burial conditions are.
Study Finds American Women Delaying Motherhood Because The Whole Thing Blows. (via A Cup of Jo)
Mystery in a Small Town After $731M Powerball Win. With only 1200 people in the town, everyone wants to know who won the jackpot. (via Metafilter)
Berlin’s Curious 1920s Polar Bear Craze.
Foo Fighters to Release Disco Album. How like them. (via reddit)
Play a theremin online! (via Boing Boing)
Why a Japanese Delicacy Grows Near Old British Columbia Internment Camps.
A blast from the past (2017): 13 Creative Ways to Plant Succulents.