Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Why is male country music like “hot girls in teeny tiny shorts I will make you my wife, bear my children, front porch, family values, casseroles” and female country music is like “oops I killed my husband”— Lucy Huber (@clhubes) June 8, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
You know Thurl Ravenscroft as the man who voiced Tony the Tiger saying "They're great!" for so many years. You probably also know him for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (even though he was discredited on the single). however, you've heard Ravenscroft in many songs and movies. Listen to his lovely bass singing in this compilation. (via Nag on the Lake)
America’s Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden.
Japanese Castaways of 1834: The Three Kichis. (via Metafilter)
Cat protects child from perceived danger. That's a good kitty.
The Wacky State of the Used Car Market. No, that crazy price Carvana offered for your car isn't too good to be true. (via Digg)
The Strange Tale of the Identical Twin’s Mirrored Mansion.
22 of America's Best Preserved Ghost Towns. (via Nag on the Lake)
Kip Kinkel Is Ready To Speak. At 15, he shot and killed his parents, two classmates at his school, and wounded 25 others. He’s been used as the reason to lock kids up for life ever since.
The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic Is Shifting. America's concepts of personal freedom and rugged individualism meant the deaths of half a million people. (via Kottke)
A blast from the past (2015): 9 Remarkable Ultrasound Images.
We now know that many dinosaurs had feathers; the question is, why? They couldn't fly, but for some reason, they developed fluff that eventually became feathers. There must have been some benefits from the plumage that eventually helped birds to fly. One of my favorite science writers, Carl Zimmer, explains how this may have happened. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Charles Douglass was the man who developed laugh tracks for TV sitcoms. He built the Laff Box, a gadget he used to mix the appropriate audience reactions to "sweeten" the story. Audio engineer Carroll Pratt trained under Douglass, and later computerized the Laff Box, added stereo capability, and formed his own company. Watch Pratt editing a sitcom to enhance the laughter in this video. (via Boing Boing)
Meteorologist Kristi Gordon of Global BC was just doing her job when a giant spider attacked her on live TV! Luckily, she survived the incident with no lasting effects, except for global recognition on the internet. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines designed a complicated but clever chain-reaction machine to make a pizza with pepperoni and olives. It makes a pizza in less than two minutes (the crust is pre-made), but the credits include a device to feed Joseph a slice of pizza. That part is not all that precise, and proves a bit messy. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Young people don't want to be embarrassed in front of their mothers. You know how it is. And it never stops. I went to donate blood, and they started on all those questions about whether I'd had sex with someone who had traveled to Asia or Africa in the past year, and I saw that there was an entire page of such questions. So I said, "Listen, I haven't had sex with anyone in the past year. Do you have to ask all those questions?" She looked sad and said, yes, she had to ask each one individually. The mood got sadder with every question. This comic is from EastCoastItNotes. (via reddit)
Friday, June 11, 2021
The modern concept of Satan is recognizable to all of us, but his few mentions in the Bible aren't where they come from. Much of the devil's iconic characteristics come from later writers and artists. (via Boing Boing)
Ice dancers Leah Neset and Artem Markelov rehearse their free dance routine at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs. Not only are they awesome, but the perspective of the camera work is amazing, too. Notice the performers have to negotiate other skaters on the ice, so the camera operator has to as well, while keeping the focus on the performers. (via reddit)
Forever Alone, by Aubrey Hirsch. Inside the world of “incel” comics.
Wrapped Candy as Cake Decorations. Jen Yates introduces us to a new trend in cake decorating that may seem a treat, but one might also suspect it's a shortcut to a "decorated" cake.
Joe Manchin's History of Democracy. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
Hobbit Houses Around the World.
How Equality Slipped Away. For 97 per cent of human history, all people had about the same power and access to goods. (via Damn Interesting)
You Ain’t Never Been No Little Girl, Taylor Townsend. An essay about tennis and so much more. (via Metafilter)
A blast from the past (2017): 12 Historic Westminster Best in Show Winners.
Wow. An anti-vaccine nurse in Ohio tried to prove the Vaccines Cause Magnetism theory in an state legislative committee. The demonstration did not go to plan pic.twitter.com/0ubELst4E8— Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) June 9, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Simon Biles recently won her seventh national championship, cementing her status as the best gymnast ever. She normally moves too fast for us to follow, so here is a slow-motion version. This video only shows one tumbling run of her floor exercise, yet it well illustrates Biles' power and control over her body and the laws of physics themselves. (via Digg)
Let's be honest: ticks are awful. Ze Frank tells us all about ticks, and he doesn't sugarcoat anything, so be warned. That said, there are plenty of things to snicker at in his entertaining explanation if you aren't too squicked out about the subject matter.
The guy behind the YouTube account Lost in the Pond continues his series of comparing US and British things with a look at our yards. The differences are mainly two things: the US has lots and lots of space, so our yards are relatively big, and the difference in language. In the US, the world "yard" encompasses all the outdoor spaces of our homes, with few exceptions. That means our "yard" may include a lawn, garden (meaning a spot for flowers or vegetables), paved areas (called "patio" if it's private, or "courtyard" if it's shared space), driveway, and designated sports areas. Pasture, field, and forest may or may not be included in the "yard," depending on how you personally delineate these areas. It seems that British people don't have all these spaces, and the term "garden" encompasses what they have.
This 16mm antiwar film starring Mickey Mouse was produced by Lee Savage and Milton Glaser for the Angry Arts Festival in 1968. It was never sanctioned by Disney, but they weren't sued over it, either. The film was lost for decades, but resurfaced online a few years ago. May be disturbing for children. Find out more about it in an interview with Glaser at Buzzfeed.
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Every language has its idiosyncrasies that are fodder for jokes in other languages. When a French guy copies in a for a job interview, his American interviewers turn his accent into a game. But that's not what funny here- its the pursuit a happiness. (via Digg)
Grant Woolard gave us lovely mashups of classical music in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Now he's back with the fourth in his series of classical music mashups. You didn't know how well diverse composers' music goes together until you've heard Woolard's clever arrangements. This one has 70 musical pieces! Even if you can't name them, you'll recognize them, but if you must know, the top comment at YouTube https://youtu.be/DayjwRDcs44 is a list of them. (via Laughing Squid)
Whatever you were expecting, this is not it. It's even more surprising. Watch the video before you continue reading. Yeah, it's a glitch, one that hatsuseno explained.
If I had to wager a guess, it's a software encoder with a bug where a b-frame is stuck in a buffer somewhere, the differential is still calculated from an updated one, but the 'stuck' b-frame is getting pushed into the stream. Interesting defect, implies inefficient code too.And then MagusVulpes translated that into English.
Camera takes two pictures, prepares one while showing the other. The prepared picture is stuck and not taking a new picture, while the shown picture tries to do what it's supposed to.The homeowner, oxygn, said that the glitch righted itself when he turned the system off and on again. (via reddit)
So, when the camera switches from picture 1 to picture 2, picture 2 forces the background onto the image picture 1 it's trying to show. Kinda like an unintended green screen effect.
Lawyers Share The Best Legal Fails They've Ever Seen.
How the Ford F-150 Lightning’s Chief Engineer Linda Zhang Brought the World an Electric Pickup. Zhang came to the U.S. when she was eight years old without knowing any English. Now she’s the brains behind the Ford F-150 Lightning. (via Metafilter)
What Happened After the Greenwood Massacre of 1921. The popular notion is that Greenwood never recovered from the riot, which it did, and that the riot occurred on "Black Wall Street," which is a name that was only used after the 1921 massacre.
Modern Conveniences That Were Met With A Bizarre Amount Of Resistance.
Texas bakery 'overwhelmed' with business after backlash over rainbow Pride cookies. (via reddit)
Teacher Asks His First Graders To Name Things They Need To Be Qualified As Adults And Gets 11 Smart Answers. Most down-to-earth answer: more birthdays.
IRS files of the richest 25 Americans show they pay just 3.4% in taxes. (via Fark)
The Enduring Myths of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Real life archaeology turns out to be quite different from the adventures onscreen.
A blast from the past (2017): 12 Amazing Underground Destinations to Visit.
The Art of Manliness shows you how to shave the old-fashioned way, like your grandpa did, with proper shaving cream and a double-edge safety razor. This kind of shave is economical, environmentally-friendly, and results in a better overall shave compared to using modern disposable razors. And the best part:
You’ll feel like a bad ass. It’s nice taking part in a ritual that great men like your grandfather, John F. Kennedy, and Teddy Roosevelt took part in.Find complete instructions and links to recommended products at The Art of Manliness. (Thanks, Brett!)
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
A ferry is how you get a car across water if you don't have a bridge. Usually it's a matter-of-fact process: drive your car onto a boat, move across the water, drive your car off the boat. Putting a turntable onto a boat to move cars seems like more trouble than it's worth, but in one place it's a genius solution to a specific set of conditions. That's why Glenelg, Scotland, has the last turntable ferry in the world. -via TYWKIWDBI
Someone asked to see what I look like since I got all that long covid hair cut off. I don't have a lot of pictures of myself, but Princess took some yesterday to celebrate the blooming of this lily. I didn't even think about combing my hair, as you can tell. However, that's one of the reasons I wanted it short- so I wouldn't have to think about combing it much.
Yeah, we've been there. Now I wonder what happened to all those radio station managers, whose fathers were the station owners, now that the national chains have bought up their inheritances. This comic is from DecentGuyHumor.
YouTuber Creezy designed a "Squirrel Feeding Machine" for squirrels, of course, but he had to defend the loaded Rube Goldberg contraption from other critters. To get it started, he glued nuts to a domino, but then had to wait 14 hours for a squirrel to trip it. What follows is glorious, ending in a bountiful meal for the squirrel, plus a chipmunk, blue jay, and a raccoon. (via Boing Boing)
This is what happens when you both text and post to social media at the same time via voice app, but you can't keep them separated because you are driving. And you are Roger Stone. (via Fark)
What? (Gab) pic.twitter.com/nVcH60Q2gx— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) June 7, 2021
Monday, June 07, 2021
Svend the Viking doesn't want to wear a helmet as he loots and pillages England. It makes his scalp itch and messes up his braids. But Hjalmar knows better. This delicious vignette is from the Danish Road Safety Council. (via Digg)
Our closet primate relatives -and most mammals, for that matter- are covered with fur. How did humans go hairless? And why do we have hair in the few places we do? This TED Ed lesson from Nina G. Jablonski fills us in on what we know and don't know about the way human hair evolved. (via Digg)
The greatest achievements in Dumb Internet Video. I would have made a much longer list, but it would take a bit of time. (via Boing Boing)
How the Covid shock has radicalised generation Z. (via Fark)
The Original Flapper Who Got the World Dancing Again.
Dunning-Kruger meets fake news. People who overrate their media savviness share more misleading material.
Massacre on the Mary Russell: When a 19th-Century Ship Captain Murdered His Crew.
"Welcome to the Internet" by Bo Burnham. NSFW language. (via reddit)
Splish Splash, I was taking a Bath!
The Great Sheep Panic of 1888. (via Strange Company)
A blast from the past (2015): 7 Charities Looking for Yarn Crafters and 9 More Charities Looking for Yarn Crafters.
My grandma and her siblings got together to read their parents letters from the war thinking it would be beautiful and wholesome but turns out the letters were so filthy, raunchy and horny that several of them had to leave the room.— Kat (@katchilby) June 3, 2021
Sunday, June 06, 2021
Part of telling a story on the radio is describing a scene, but that can't be the punch line. It just won't come off right. Alasdair Beckett-King channels a 1940s radio announcer (Edmund Hillary-Swank) sharing modern internet memes, which doesn't quite have the same impact as seeing them. Commenters at YouTube have some more examples.
My goodness, there is what appears to be a house fire, in which a dog sits. He proclaims the situation to be fine, despite the calamity. It will not remain fine for much longer, I wager!
Here we have a meme of popular songwriter and entrepreneur Aubrey Drake Graham. In the first image he appears to be uninterested, if not actually offended, by a picture of Rowan Atkinson, but in the second image he is pointing approvingly at an unidentified, bearded ginger.
It’s quite the zoetrope, it appears to be a frog, green in colour, pedalling a unicycle, with the caption, ‘oh gosh, what do we have here?’
I beg your pardon, dear listeners, I've just been informed our program is being visited by the Duke of York. My my, I wonder to what we owe such a pleasure. Let me just open the door for him and -- what?? You're not the Duke! I've been bamboozled by Lord Astley yet again!
Blimey! It appears this strapping young fellow has produced a stick, only to insert it into the spokes of the very velocipede upon which he is riding. No mean feat! It is no surprise that he makes a most spectacular fall. Yes, a very peculiar man indeed; he now seems to lay blame on all his surroundings, even though his predicament is no doubt of his own volition.
Saturday, June 05, 2021
Holy Toledo! This is what you call an impactful security video. On the one hand, this is really scary because there could have been children using the pool or the trampoline. On the plus side, the pool actually saved the car, the driver, and the house as it slowed the vehicle. And the lawn was thoroughly watered. Notice the water flew so high that it took a while to run off the roof and overflow the gutters. As no one was injured in the collision, this ended up on the subreddit IdiotsInCars.
This graduation ceremony for police cadets in Egypt involves a parade. It must have taken a lot of work- not only building muscles, but shaving, oiling, and learning to stand straight and flex on a moving vehicle without passing out or falling. I hope they used sunscreen. (via reddit)