Saturday, July 31, 2021

Reverse Crime


Hungarian Sausage

I don't know how old this ad for Hurka sausage  is, but it seems to be Soviet-era, when Hungary was part of the Eastern Bloc.  

I Feel Sad

Click to the right to advance the comic. Thanks a lot, that really helped. Here's a better way. This comic is from Dinos and Comics.

Do Not

Unhappy Parker

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The Flamingo Flamenco

Pinky, a flamingo at Busch Gardens, shows off her fancy footwork. She was not trained to do this, but unlike other flamingos, does not mind doing the natural flamingo dance for visitors. See flamingos perform in a group in this video. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Ship Crash

Racing with a Moose

A bike race in Colorado saw a moose join in! The moose stayed ahead of the pack for a good five minutes, but eventually tired a little. He finally realized that this mad gang wasn't pursuing him when they began to overtake him. That gave him enough confidence to stop. Or maybe he was just having fun, we don't know. (via Digg)


To Own the Socialists

Why the US Army Tried to Exterminate the Bison

History ain't always pretty, but we still need to learn it, and learn from it. (via Damn Interesting)

Zombie Cure

We don't watch movies for the realism! We watch movies to escape reality! But if you really want the adrenaline rush of terror, you can always read the news. This comic is from Tiny Snek Comics.

Memory Tip

Zooming Out From Objects

It's fun to zoom in and see the tiny bits that make up everyday objects, but it's even more fun to reverse that footage and zoom out, so we don't know what we're looking at until the end of the clip! (via Cynical-C)

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What’s in the new infrastructure bill — and why it’s a big deal.

Are You Allowed to Criticize Simone Biles?: A Decision Tree. Also this. (via Fark)

The Time a Stiff Caught Fire. A curiously compelling story about saving a musician's career. (via Metafilter)

14 Plaques That Will Make You Smile. There are various rules and regulations for placing historical markers in places where historic things happened,  but anyone can put up a commemorative plaque. 

Mergers, twists, and pentagons: The architecture of honeycombs.

Say cheese! How Bad Photography Has Changed Our Definition of Good Pictures. 

Toddler loves her creepy undead baby doll.

Inside the Annual Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Competition.

The First Mars Rover. It landed in 1971.

A blast from the past (2012): 7 Fabulously Named Fossils.

Set Up

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Just Text Me

The song "Just Text Me" is attributed to "Keisha feat. Brandi," but the artist is Nicola Foti. The song illustrates the great divide between how young and old see social interaction. The song bemoans voice-to-voice phone calls as lame, intrusive, and not worth the time. However, someone of my generation (namely me) thinks that if a conversation with someone is so painful, why are you friends in the first place? When I accused my kids and their friends of using texts as a method of ignoring each other, they assured me that I was completely right, and so what? However, the examples in the song illustrate how communication has changed: you can now contact almost anyone, anytime, to ask a different question every ten minutes, which is something I wouldn't think to do unless the other person was actually in my house. If I have a question, I go to Google. (via Laughing Squid)

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More about Air Horse One. (via Bored Panda)

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Spelling Counts

Cassie the Robot Runs a 5K

Cassie is a walking and running robot inspired by the biomechanics of the ostrich. The robot from Agility Robotics looks a bit like an ostrich, too, if the bird could operate without a head. Cassie harnesses machine learning to negotiate a route and stay on track. In this video, see how she runs a 5K course in 53 minutes on a single battery charge. She's no Olympic sprinter, but my battery would have run down much sooner. (via Laughing Squid)  

Unemployment Application

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The Difference Two Inches Makes

At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the women's all around gymnastics competition began with a disaster. The world's greatest gymnasts were falling and crashing at the vault. It was the 19th competitor who insisted that the vault height be checked, and it was two inches (5cm) lower than regulation height! No one had adjusted it after the men's competition the night before. The upshot was that the gymnasts had the floor come at them much faster than in their years of training. When the error was discovered, competitors were offered a chance to re-do their vault, but it was too late for some. Several were injured, and many were so shaken that it affected their performances in other events. (via reddit)

A Mystery

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Weird Al Yankovic's saga "Albuquerque" is the longest song he ever released. It's an epic account of a trip to the New Mexico city. Years later, it got an awesome video, made from strangely apt clips of the TV show Breaking Bad. The visual imagery makes the sound seem shorter than it is, and certainly highlights the insanity of the AMC show. (via Metafilter)

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Drama Dairy

A Musical Tribute to Mel Brooks

There will never be another Mel Brooks. The EGOT winner got away with a lot because he was as funny as they come. He ridiculed bigotry, and never punched down. This tribute is from the Kennedy Center Honors in 2009. Mel Brooks is now 95 years old, and possibly retired.  


Herman had a long career in web design. The banana is to draw fruit flies for his dinner. (via reddit)


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The Deadly Portuguese Man O' War

While enjoying the gorgeous photography of this clip from the BBC series Blue Planet, I kept thinking of the camera operator swimming through the jellies. The Portuguese man o' war is not technically a jellyfish, but it acts in much the same way -only scarier. (via Laughing Squid)

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To Serve Coelacanth. Once you learn how to prepare the "living fossil" for dinner, you probably will swear them off for good. (via Strange Company)  

Oksana Chusovitina, 46-year-old gymnast, retires after record-extending 8th Olympics. (via Metafilter)

A Vaccine Or This Marriage: Conspiracy Theories Are Tearing Couples Apart. (via Fark)

You know how when you try to pronounce the names of your medications and accidentally summon a demon instead? See more jokes like this. (via Infidel753)

It turns out that Mick Jagger and Harry Styles are the same person, separated by 50 years. 

Götz von Berlichingen, born in 1480, was a notable knight and warrior, whether he was fighting for the Holy Roman Emperor, various kings and nobles, as a mercenary, or for his own purposes. But it was his words that made Berlichingen a legend. (via Strange Company

How Wheaties Became the ‘Breakfast of Champions.’

The High-Sea's Mystery Of A Found Ship ... With No Crew Or Passengers. 

What's the Hardest Olympic Sport? First, we must confront the difficulty of defining "difficulty."

A blast from the past (2014): A Lifetime of Friendship: Pets and Their People.

Classic Literature

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Porpoises Play with Air Bubbles

Air bubbles are fun! Bat them around, blow them at each other, make rings -like human children playing with water. There are no English captions available for this video, but they really aren't necessary. (via Neatorama)

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021



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Work Email Bingo

If you work for a normal company, this is most likely funny and relatable. I can go for the funny, but it doesn't happen to me. I've been with Neatorama for 15 years now, and when you work for a company that small and internet-savvy, you rarely need to communicate at all, and when you do, the email works as it should. This Bingo card is brought to you by Matt Shirley.


Performers Recreate 50 Olympic Pictograms

A guy in a blue-and-white suit contorts his body to faithfully depict 50 Olympic pictograms that we all know and love. The real fun comes when the pictograms get difficult, and the performers have to get creative, like using just small parts of the body, or turning the camera upside down. Remember, the athletes doing these things in competition have abilities the rest of us don't! (via Everlasting Blort)


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12 Unwritten Social Rules

Of course, YOU know theses rules, but have you taught them to your kids yet? So much of navigating one's way in society comes down to being aware of other people and their point of view. This came up in a discussion when my kid was learning to drive. She asked why so few drivers use turn signals. It's because using a turn signal does not benefit the driver. It only benefits all the other drivers around them! That's why so many people complain about other drivers, yet still don't use turn signals themselves. That's also why a student must use a signal for every turn, so it will become an automatic habit. It's one of those things that relies on the long spoons parable, as it only works when everyone does it. Like vaccines. (via Buzzfeed)  

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Monday, July 26, 2021


How Tracks Changed Forever After the Last Tokyo Olympics

If you are watching the Olympic games, you might wonder how athletes gained so much over the last hundred years or so. Sure, training has advanced. Sure, more people are participating in sports. But one factor is the improvement in the equipment used. This video looks at the tracks where the footraces are held. When I ran track that one season in the early '70s, we ran on a gravel track owned by the local college. Forty years later, my kids had a real asphalt track at their school. World-class tracks advanced even more. (via Neatorama)

In The News

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Bedtime Story

It's always best to use logic to calm your child's fears. I'm sure he'll sleep just fine now. This comic is from Connor Ullmann at Depressed Alien, who says this panel is based on his own childhood. (via reddit)


A Short Horror Film for Dogs

Binky Dinky's best bud left for work, so he was already sad. He decided to take a nap, and that's when the nightmare started. Warning: if you are a dog, this may be terrifying. (via reddit)

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McDonald’s Most Expensive Flop. Does anyone remember the Arch Deluxe? (via Digg)

What the Medieval Olympics Looked Like. (via Strange Company)

When Did Jesus Become a Capitalist?

Where Cleveland's baseball team got their new name.

Obstacle course training.

History Conveniently Forgot to Tell us about the Transgender Roman Emperor.  

To Sweep Aside Drinking Regulations, Germans Hang Up Broomsticks.

The 1609 Project: The Republican-Approved History of America.

"I never thought the coronavirus would come for me," said the face eating leopard. Be careful when you coin a political meme; it may come true. (via Fark)

A blast from the past (2016): Who’s a Good Dog?

Being Helpful

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The GPS Prank

College Humor staged a prank in which a live human voices a taxi cab's GPS. The service goes from believable to slightly incompetent to downright goofy. This compilation of passengers only contains those who were paying attention. Paying attention can turn out to be fun! (via Viral Viral Videos)

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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Mysterious Sighting

The Walking Dead Season 11 Trailer

Surprise: San Diego Comic Con was this weekend, although it might have flown under your radar because it was virtual. Still, we got a Walking Dead panel and the official season 11 trailer. The last season of the show will be three chunks of eight episodes each, beginning August 22 on AMC and August 15 on AMC+. We'll have to wait and see whether the premium service viewers spill all the details between those dates. If you don't follow The Walking Dead, it looks like every other season, but if you do, you'll see that Connie is back, and Negan and Maggie spend their time learning to deal with each other. I'm sure there are more details to be parsed here, but it's so dark (like the show itself), and my eyesight is so bad, that I am certainly missing something or other. (via Gizmodo)

Fish Shop

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Jubilation T. Cornpone

In "Jubilation T. Cornpone," Stubby Kaye sings about a beloved monument to a Confederate loser 1959. This is a number from the movie Li'l Abner, based on the 1956 Broadway musical, which was based on the comic strip by Al Capp. Look closely, and you'll see Valerie Harper, Beth Howland, and Donna Douglas in the chorus. (via a comment at Fark)

Summer Cycles

The adult side could work for any time of the year, while kids get to look forward to school and then school vacations. This visualization is brought to you by Matt Shirley.

Found Its Way Home

The Coldest City in the World

Why do people live in Yakutsk? Some are native to the region, some are descendants of Stalin-era exiles, but many are there to make a lot of money in resource extraction industries, from gas and oil to metals to diamonds to mammoth carcasses. When it's this cold, you have to learn an entirely new lifestyle. (via reddit)

I Like Dogs

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The Bubble Wrap Bike

Eric Buss rides around on his bubble wrap bike. The noise woke up every child in the neighborhood, who all ran outside and excitedly began to stomp the rest of the bubbles. (via Daily of the Day)

Tweet of the Day

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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Makes Sense

No Arrest

Beautiful Shining Star of Superstition

This glorious Bill McClintock mashup blends Earth, Wind, and Fire's "Shining Star" with Van Halen's "Beautiful Girls" and "Running with the Devil" plus "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.  


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Let's all be thankful for small things. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Subversive Bird

Or maybe just illiterate. (via Bored Panda)

Renovating an Old Factory

Impossibly cute French Instagram couple Rachel and Emilien bought an old factory to renovate into a home. This time-lapse video shows two years of their work. It's kind of long, but totally mesmerizing. I expected to skip through, but I couldn't stop watching. Be warned that it ends before the work is complete. The finished product will be the best-insulated home you've ever seen. Americans lament them not leaving exposed brick inside for the charm, but heating fuel is more expensive in Europe, and regulations stipulate how much insulation is mandatory. (via Digg)


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Dogs Like Socks

Official video from the band Psychostick.  (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, July 23, 2021

Oakland Raiders

Prancing Fenix

Like Charley the cat, posted earlier today, Fenix Lumiere was born with cerebellar hypoplasia, which left him awkward and uncoordinated, but still a good dog. He was headed for euthanasia when a family adopted him.

What's Your Name

They are all good boys, except some of them are good girls. This comic is from Safely Endangered Comics.

Physics Major

Lemurs Have a Popsicle Party

It's been pretty hot in Oregon this summer, so the staff at the Oregon Zoo go out of their way to help cool things down for the animals. Watch as a group of ring-tailed lemurs and red ruffed lemurs enjoy some frozen fruit treats! (via Laughing Squid)

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While the international Olympic Summer Games are getting started in Tokyo this weekend, Fairbanks, Alaska, is hosting the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, as they have every year since 1961 (except for 2020). The 2021 competitions are going on now through Saturday.   

Why Do We Call a Software Glitch a ‘Bug’?

Here’s how hard it is to vote in Texas already.

What words should mean, based on how they are spelled. This is really clever.

I Learned My Hometown, In New Jersey, Welcomed The KKK. A bit of research could uncover thousands of stories like this.

What I Learned about American Men as a Translator at a Matchmaking Agency. The men using international dating websites had troubling ideas about the shortcomings of American women.

Switzerland's Gravity-defying Solution for Irrigation. (via Damn Interesting)

One really weird saint. (via Strange Company)

A blast from the past (2014): Know Your Citrus.

Home Security

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I first posted this video in 2007, but it's still one of my favorites. You might want to have a hanky ready.

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, July 22, 2021


Every Olympic Cauldron Lighting

The climax of the opening ceremonies at every Olympics is the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, which signals the official opening of the games. It's been a tradition since 1936, when the first Olympic torch relay carried a flame from Mt. Olympia in Greece to the games in Berlin. However, there is no existing footage of the cauldron lighting from that year. Here's a compilation of clips from the opening ceremonies from all the summer games, in order. The lighting of the Olympic cauldron gets bigger and more elaborate each year. The opening ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Games will be tomorrow -a year late and drastically stripped down- in Tokyo. (via Mental Floss)

This Door is Alarmed

I've never seen building components share their emotions this way. Have you?  (via reddit))

Curating an Image

It's sort of depressing to become good at job interviews, because that means you've had a lot of practice. That wouldn't happen if he'd just walk into the local restaurant with a hiring sign on the door. But there lies danger- they will hire you on the spot, and then give you a less-than-full time schedule that changes every week, insuring that you won't be able to schedule interviews for a skilled job in your field. This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save

Mother's Memes

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Look What Washed Up on the Beach. It looks like the kind of tropical fish you'd see in someone's salt water aquarium, except this fish is 3.5 feet long and weighs 100 pounds! (via Fark)

She is Our Stupid. A short story from Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. (via Metafilter)

Five Ways Humans Evolved to be Athletes. (via Digg)

20 Epic Fails From the History of Pop Culture.

Crowny the Coronavirus faces a deadly threat! The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Peculiar Flapper Fad of Rouged and Decorated Knees.

When Americans Dreamed of Kitchen Computers.

A tiny but satisfying bit of political theater. (via Fark

A blast from the past (2015): 11 Web Toys for the Dog Days of Summer.


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Two-year-old Car Expert

Here's more proof that a little child can learn anything her parents are interested in: a Russian two-year-old girl recognizes all kinds of vehicles from their logos. They are pronounced a little differently in Russian, but I'm impressed. I was in my twenties before I could recognize any car brand besides Volkswagen, and in my forties before I could reliably recognize American cars. (via Tastefullly Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

How Unusual

Movie Review

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No Cameras!

This southern ground hornbill did not take kindly to discovering a camera trap. Maybe he was in the middle of something important. Kyle-Mark Middleton of the University of Cape Town is studying group behavior and breeding in this species. I hope his grant will cover a replacement camera! (via Nag on the Lake)

The Hunt

Somehow, this is beginning to be a recurring theme around here. And I don't even have a dog. I love dogs, I just don't want to own one, because this isn't a great neighborhood for them and I'd have to walk one several times a day.  Instead, I have four happy cats that keep me company in the garden without running me ragged. This comic is from Martin Rosner. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

This is Fine

Don't overthink this. It's about the vaccine. (Thanks, Brother Bill!)