Saturday, July 31, 2021
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)
Friday, July 30, 2021
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)
Totally agree.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 30, 2021
In fact, to further protect Medicare from socialism, let’s strengthen it to include dental, vision, hearing, & mental healthcare and then allow all Americans to enjoy its benefits.
Trust me, Medicare for All is the #1 thing you can do to own the socialists. https://t.co/iqmPDV3Cy6
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)
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.
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)
More about Air Horse One. (via Bored Panda)
Just found out the plane that will take the equestrian’s horses to the Olympics is named Air Horse 1 and I can’t explain how happy that makes me.— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) July 17, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
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)
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)
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)
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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.
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)
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.
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)
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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.
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)
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)
Monday, July 26, 2021
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)
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?
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)
We only rate dogs. This is clearly an indie rock band on their debut tour. Please send dogs only... might check which cities they’re stopping in though. 13/10 for all pic.twitter.com/4bTEUsUJjR— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) July 21, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
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)
In "Jubilation T. Cornpone," Stubby Kaye sings about a beloved monument to a Confederate loser ...in 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)
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)
Saturday, July 24, 2021
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)
Friday, July 23, 2021
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)
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)
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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)
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.
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)
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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)
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)