Friday, October 15, 2021

TV Listing



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That Bird Call That's in Every Movie



Even if you've never seen a loon, you've heard its call, as Hollywood uses it over and over. But it drives birders nuts. See, the loon lives in Canada during the summer, and along the US-Mexico border in winter. Yet if you watch enough movies, you'll think "that bird" belongs everywhere, even on other planets. Vox explains why Hollywood is so obsessed with the call of the loon.



Forbidden Fruit



The serpent should have just asked Eve which tree it was. She knew which tree bore the forbidden fruit, because she had permission for all the other fruit trees. And since she hadn't yet gained the knowledge of good and evil, she probably would have told him the truth. This comic is from Danby Draws.

Uber Eats



I Will Follow You



Shirley Șerban went viral with her video Bohemian Catsody a couple of weeks ago. In this followup video, a choir of canines sings a parody version of "I Will Follow Him," first made a hit in the US by Little Peggy March in 1963, but in this case presented in the style of a performance in the movie Sister Act. You have to admit, while each dog has its own personality, they are, at the basic level, pretty simple creatures. The song proclaims a dog's utter devotion to their owner, which is the hallmark of dogdom.

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Elk Freed From Tire Around His Neck After at Least Two Years. (via Boing Boing)

Can You Figure Out Why They Call This the Oreo Spider?

Behind-The-Scenes Facts About The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

A Look Inside the Narrowest House in New York City. Nice, but who wants to climb stairs so much?

Five New Cheetah Cubs on a Webcam.

The Greatest Drinking Contest in History. Two large, young, and wealthy men were determined to outdo each other in 1867. (via Digg)

Find the Cat.

An Update on the Obi-Wan Kenobi TV Series.

Did the pandemic kill the big wedding? It may have at least reined them in.

A blast from the past (2010): Neatolicious Fun Facts: Giant Pumpkin Contests.

Brutal



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DED Talk: A TED Talk For Zombies



TED Talks cover just about any subject you can imagine, with varying quality. And now they aren't just for humans! Zombie Tim Martin of Reawakening gives tips to other zombies about how to survive the humans who have the hare-brained idea they could survive the zombie apocalypse. Quite inspiring!  (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

What a View!



Shark Pool



This trailer for a nonexistent movie was made ten years ago. It was meant to spoof the dumb things disaster and horror movie characters do that lead to their deaths. However, it hits differently in 2021, as we have so many people who refuse to believe scientists, doctors, journalists, or the evidence in front of their eyes. (via reddit)

Awkward



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Paranormal Cativity



Something really weird happens to Baxter the cat on RamsesThePigeon's security camera. Continue reading to see that scene again. You might learn a little more from this version.

More of Mr. Noodle



Click to the right to advance the comic. This is another chapter in the storyline that started here. Part two is here. Yeah, little girls need supervision, but they also have their own super powers. This comic is from Ben Hed at Pet Foolery.

Relevant Knowledge



I Enjoy Being A Girl



Carol Burnett, Chita Rivera, and Caterina Valente dress as Morticia Addams in a TV skit from about 1964. A bit of Boris Karloff appears in the second act.  


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11 Monster Myths Invented By Hollywood.

This cute cat's toothy smile makes him look like a vampire bat. Or at least the Hollywood version of a vampire bat.

In The Last Duel, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Want You to Know They Know Men Are Bad. An analysis of both the movie and the people behind it.

Pre-human Footprints Dated to 6 Million Years Ago. Our primate ancestors may have been walking upright much earlier than we thought.

84 Percent of Trump Voters Are Worried About White Discrimination, Poll Finds. They assume everyone is as bigoted as they are.

Debunking Victorian ‘Postmortem’ Photographs.

Pop Culture’s Least Scary Vampires.

How to Photograph a Black Cat or Dog. (via Mental Floss)

CIA unveils Cold War spy-pigeon missions. Bicycle Bill's response to the 'birds aren't real' van.

A blast from the past (2018): 10 famous musicians who had very different second careers.

Kitty Poetry



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A Relationship in 5 Minutes



Autumn Stein and Matthew C. Flynn act out an entire relationship condensed down to five minutes. Granted, it's not a long-term relationship, and you can see why, -in fact it's like watching a train wreck in place: "No, don't say that! You'll be sorry!" It's one of those things that last a year or two on your way to learning about how to make a good thing work. Contains adult subject matter. You might not like the people that are portrayed, but you have to admit that the actors do a good job making them seem real. Let's hope the characters learn something about how not to wreck a relationship! (Thanks, Forest!)

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I got my third Pfizer shot this week! And a flu shot. My flu shot arm is much more sore than the covid shot arm.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Save the Whales



Slipknot for Toddlers



The demented mashup artist known as There I Ruined It combined "Psychosocial" by Slipknot with "Baby Shark" in order to introduce our young children to heavy metal. At reddit, he said he made this to terrify his son for Halloween, but expects that like his other metal mashups, it may become the child's favorite song. I can tell you, this is not a children's video, but you might get a kick out of it.

Kills Kills Kills



The Merkins, who do a Halloween song parody every year, are back with a takeoff on Mötley Crüe's "Girls Girls Girls." Except the band is Möstly Crüel and the song is Kills Kills Kills. Check out their previous slasher film parodies, Call Me Sidney, Every Life I Take, As Long As You're Bloody, and others. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

A Place to Sleep



Click to the right to advance the comic. This is another of a look at what all cat owners already know. With my four cats, I've decided to look at the bright side- they do keep the spot warm for you. This comic is from Jen Siow at The Persnickety Pets. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Halloween Decoration 2021



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A Horror Movie Written by Artificial Intelligence



You know a horror film written by an artificial intelligence algorithm would be funny. The movies we have to train it are enough alike that you can pick and choose which tropes to duplicate. But honestly, this makes a little too much sense to be bot-generated. It has a setup, sequential numbers, consistent characters, and a resolution of sorts. It's the work of Keaton Patti who knows how to tickle our funny bones better than any machine. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

I've Got a Bad Feeling About This

I can't believe they chose red for their jackets. You can watch the launch live at 10 this morning. (via Fark)

The Darkness



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Can We Survive The Sun's Death?



The sun, if it follows the usual life cycle of stars, will get hotter and expand before it burns out. We've got a lot of time before that happens, but is there anything we can do about it? Strangely enough, yes. A billion years from now, we just might be in the middle of a scheme that sounds like it would only make sense in a movie. By then, though, we might actually have the knowledge and technology to pull it off (not to mention the money). Not that you and I will ever know… (via Digg)

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Greeting cards are getting strangely specific. (via Fark

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Black Widow



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An Honest Trailer for Squid Game



If you haven't seen Squid Game, it's a South Korean series on Netflix about a game show in which the stakes are very high- riches if you win, death if you don't. It's become a global sensation for its drama, violence, and social commentary... and the fact that it's available in dozens of languages. This Honest Trailer warns you of spoilers, but I doubt it gives away too much, in case you want to sign up for Netflix for Squid Games. The entire first season of Squid Game is streaming now, and there's no decision yet on whether there will be a second season.


Zoo Sign



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Doorbell Camera Reports a "Person" at 1:45 AM



EvilPharmacist shows us what his front door camera recorded in the middle of the night. First it's spooky, then it's funny, then you figure out what it is. It's not a ghost. It's not a glowing clown juggling balls, and it's not a balloon. It's a spider ballooning so close to the porch light that it shows up as a glowing specter. Cool!
 

Little Mouse



I guess there's always a first time, but my cats are all quite used to bats. They are still fascinated by watching them fly around, and one cat is fairly good at catching them. I tried to explain to her that they are a protected species in this state, but she won't listen to me. This comic is from Jimmy Craig at They Can Talk.

Straw



What a Flame Looks Like in Space



NASA is setting fires on the International Space Station. They are contained in a really safe unit, though, and while they have plenty of things to study about fire in space, it's just plain cool to see it burn in a sphere. Read more about these experiments. (via Pictojam)


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The 50 Greatest Cereal Box Prizes. Some of them make me wish my parents had bought sugary cereal.  (via Fark

Archaeologists Found a Pair of 1,300-Year-Old Wooden Skis in Norway. The second one was found seven years after the first, but they match!

A History of Pumpkin Spice. (via Nag on the Lake)

Pets on Diets: Before and After Pics of Chonks Dechonkified

A Colony on Mars Could Speed Up Human Evolution. (via Real Clear Science)

True Crime: A Cain and Abel Story. (via Strange Company

Morning messages to help stop the flood of misinformation, in English and Vietnamese. John Oliver has the explanation.

The groom's family came up with a cruel prank at the wedding and we are glad he stood up for her. (via Digg

True Ghost Stories from the life of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

A blast from the past (2014): 10 Halloween Costumes That Incorporate Amputations and Wheelchairs.


Jigsaw



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A Cappella Disney Medley



This medley will either take you back to your childhood, or else take you back to the time when you had young children at home. Peter Hollens and Alex G perform a string of anthems from Disney movies in lovely settings with proper accompaniment. The accompaniment is solely their own voices providing the orchestra, including percussion! The medley begins and ends with The Lion King, with Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast in the middle. The song is available at iTunes. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Monday, October 11, 2021

Silence



Man Builds His Wife a Rotating House



Vojin Kusic of Bosnia built his wife a house that rotates! "I've got tired of her complaints and frequent refurbishing of our family house and I said: I'll build you a rotating house so you can spin it as you wish," the 72-year-old told Reuters. It took six years for Kusic to complete the house, using a mechanism he designed himself.  

Yes, part of the video is sped up for effect, yet the house can turn at speeds that one might think are unsafe. At its lowest setting, the house will make one complete turn in 24 hours, but at top speed, it will make a full rotation in 22 seconds! At that speed, one would have to worry about centripetal force when walking from room to room. However, it might help the laundry dry faster. (via Boing Boing)

Creative Vandalism



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Squid Game



I haven't seen the show, either, but people who have seen it describe it as The Hunger Games if it were directed by  both Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino and set in Korea. But as a writing prompt, those two words in the title can inspire all kinds of fun that has nothing at all to do with the show. This comic is from Mike at Ordinary Haircut. (via reddit)

Life is Short



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The Real Story Behind The King and I. Read about Anna Leonowens and how she crafted her own life story. (via Strange Company)  

Clive Thompson made a tool that strips all the letters from a passage of writing and shows you only the punctuation. He explains it here. (via Metafilter

Why Ducklings Swim in Formation Behind Their Mother.

The History Behind Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit."

Who Should Be the Next James Bond? (via Digg)

It's the wrong restaurant.

Imagining Fast Food Mascots as Warriors.

101-year-old Woman Adopts 19-year-old Cat.

Women Shared The Things They Avoid Doing Around Men So They Don't "Lead Them On," And It's No Wonder Women Constantly Feel On Edge. You just can't win.

A blast from the past (2010): Neatolicious Fun Facts: Salem, Massachusetts.



Camouflage



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LED Stickman Costume



Roy Hutain made a Halloween costume for his 22-month old daughter Zoey, using LED technology to make the child easy to see in the dark. I'm sure you'll agree that she shows up well in the dark -as a cartoon stick figure! I bet she can even draw herself. It's not the first LED stickmen that Hutain has made: here is the adult version, made for nighttime snowboarding. (via reddit)

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Cure



A Movie About a Haunted House



Halloween will be here in three weeks, and the theaters are full of horror films. But you don't want to go out. The TV schedule is full of horror films, but you don't want to spend the time. Why bother when you can get everything in them in about a minute?

Alasdair Beckett-King presents a horror movie about a haunted house that has everything that every haunted house movie has, except maybe the long slow buildup that you already know from seeing all the other haunted house movies. There, now you've saved yourself a couple of hours. If you were expecting a surprise twist, you may notice that the husband and wife are the same person. Surprise!




The Shat



Jeff Bezos could make it happen, if anyone can. (via reddit)

2021 Halloween Lights by Tom BetGeorge

Every year, Tom BetGeorge of Tracy, California, pulls out all the stops to entertain us with his Halloween and Christmas light displays. These public performances are all charity fundraisers for McHenry House, a local family shelter, which goes a long way in assuaging the neighbors. This year's Halloween show features "Wake Up" by Rage Against the Machine to accompany the final scene of The Matrix. Another part of the show gives us "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from Nirvana. 


If you want to see it live, check the schedule for this year's performances.




Groundbreaking



Whatever you hoped for in your newly-developed tech, or whatever would be its best use, it will be used to separate people from their money first. This scenario is from Machine Yearning Comics.

Americans



I hate to say it, but I have to say it... Not all Americans. The ingredient lists for the vaccines are readily available, but they can look a little dense for the sake of precision. The Pfizer vaccine contains water, sugar, salt, lipids, and messenger RNA. I've never had a McRib sandwich, so you're on your own there. (Thanks, WTM!)

Facebook Hearings



Congress inquires about the inner workings of Facebook as whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies during last night's SNL opening. The focus is how our legislators don't really understand the problem, or even the universe in which the problem lies, even though they are all Facebook users.   



Swing Dancing

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Could Your Brain Be Hacked?



The answer is yes, your brain can be hacked. AsapSCIENCE explains how, as far as the current technology indicates. Biomedical engineering can do amazing things, such giving disabled people workarounds to make their lives more like those who have fully-functioning bodies. The example given is the cochlear implant to restore hearing. It's a miracle in itself, but new technology aims to make it even better.

But there is a downside. You've heard it said that any technology that can be used for evil will eventually be used for evil. If we can make a deaf person hear or a mouse run around in circles by implanting things in the brain, couldn't humans eventually manipulate each other on a large scale? The advances in brain hacking are inevitable, but the ethics of its use must be also be addressed. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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In the replies we find that the rock is plastic and glows in the dark! (via Fark

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Bilingual Milk



True Facts About the Mosquito



Ze Frank is back with a True Facts video that we know he's been collecting facts and jokes bout for a long time. This one is about the most horrible killer animal on the planet: the mosquito. We hate them because they are both annoying and dangerous, but they have a rather unique physiology and lifestyle that we should know about. And then there's the jokes. Anyway, that's why this video is longer than a normal Ze Frank video, but well worth your time, even if you have to watch it in installments.

Birds



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Absurd Historical Fashion Trends

Fashion trends of the past were often so ridiculous that we have to wonder whether future generations will laugh at what we wear today. Yeah, they probably will. Taking a look at some trends of the past, we see that they are often a scheme to flaunt one's status at the expensive of others. Sometimes that idea backfired spectacularly. BlueJay explains four really weird fashion trends from previous centuries in a rather amusing way. (via Nag on the Lake)




The Cloud



I just couldn't resist. This comic is from Jim Benton. (via reddit)

Albert



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Jack-o-Lantern Tips



Do you carve your jack-o-lantern the same way every year, the same way you learned as a child? This year should be the year you step it up a bit. You've seen those cool-looking art pumpkins on the internet, but never thought you could do something like that yourself. Sure you can! All you need is some tips to get you started! Dave Hax shares the techniques you'll need to make the neighbors stop and tell you how much they like your carvings. My family likes to do it with power tools. A sawzall and a hole-drilling bit makes quick work of a pumpkin. (Thanks, Dave!)

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Friday, October 08, 2021

Good Call?



Our Frozen Past



This beautiful but wordless animation shows dinosaurs living their everyday lives, and the struggle between a mother protecting her young and hungry predators looking for a meal. It's set in Alaska, 69 million years ago, which was in the Cretaceous period. That's toward the tail end of the dinosaurs, and they were starting to evolve into creatures better adapted to the cooling planet. At least the smartest ones did.  

If you didn't catch what happened, watch the video again, or highlight the following passage: The Troodon is well on its way to becoming a bird. When she becomes truly desperate to save her chick, she screeches a sound imitating the cry of an infant Pachyrhinosaurus. That draws the herd of Pachyrhinosaurus to confront the predatory Nanuqsaurus. This talent for imitation is also expressed in the first scene, when she imitates the sound of an icicle falling, and in the epilogue, when she teaches her chick how to do it.    

The dinosaurs featured are Troodon, Nanuqsaurus, and Pachyrhinosaurus. This video is part of a series called Dinosauria Animated Series by David James Armsby.





Always Carry a Spare



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All Your Favorite Animals with Pumpkins



It's that time of year again! The Oregon Zoo not only wants to give their animals a variety of food for nutrition, but also uses pumpkins as an enrichment tool. Besides that, they know we are suckers for cute animals eating -or playing with- the symbol of the season.  (via Laughing Squid)


Grandparents

My kids always thought going to Grandma's was the most wonderful thing ever. Mine weren't all that impressed with me. On one side, they were both teachers and strict disciplinarians. On the other side, I was just another in a long line of children they still had at home. I still had a good time. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.  



Workshop Sign



Eating Cheesecake for the First Time



Remember when you were a kid, and thought the very idea of combining cheese and cake was ridiculous? Several fellows from the province of Punjab, Pakistan, had never eaten a New York cheesecake before, but they were willing to try. While they aren't big on showing surprise in facial expressions, they have a wonderful way of conveying their delight. (via reddit)


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House of the Dragon: Everything We Know About HBO's Game of Thrones Spinoff Prequel. 

Once Upon a Time in a Real Westworld Hoax Town.

Microscopic Tardigrade Fossil Found in 16-Million-Year-Old Amber.

Most of Us Have No Idea How Horrific Dying From COVID Really Is.

Producing the World's Hardest Cheese. (via Damn Interesting)

Name the Toledo Zoo's Snow Leopard Cubs!

Here’s what happens when men in tech share their salaries. (via Digg)

6 Facts About Samhain.

Chicken-sized "Dragon" Dinosaur Found in the UK 70 Years Ago is a New Species.

A blast from the past (2014): The New Faces of Rosie the Riveter.

Winter is Coming



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Working Where the Sun Don't Shine



Montreal comedians Bowser & Blue perform a song about a much misunderstood profession, that of the colorectal surgeon. Like a funeral director, you can only appreciate their dedication when you need one. Some careers are thankless, others require that you have a sense of humor.
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Thursday, October 07, 2021

It's a Dog's World



Recruitment Ad for Stormtrooper Academy

Once Starkiller Base was destroyed, the First Order found themselves short of stormtroopers. The solution is to recruit by video, although this particular ad is a little too honest to be all that attractive, even to the most desperate of the galaxy's losers. You may think that Adam Driver is doing Kylo Ren's voice in the ad, but no. It's an artificial intelligence version! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Sex Life



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Dog Selects His own Halloween Costume



It's time for all doggos to decide what they are going to be for Halloween! This good boi knows what he wants. The real fun starts when he puts on his game face. Perfect! Now watch again to see how he transformed from a sweet little terrier to a full-in terror. This is an ad for the costume sold here. (via reddit)

Mr. Noodle



Click to the right to advance the comic. This is a continuation of the storyline that started here. Pets need exercise, but little girls with snakes need supervision. This comic is from Ben Hed at Pet Foolery.

School



How Jabba the Hut Came About



If Jabba the Hutt were a man, you'd see him at the beginning of this video. Before the final design of the character was realized, George Lucas shot his first scene with an actor! The footage was later overlaid with a stop-motion Jabba. By the time Return of the Jedi came around, Jabba was ready for a meatier share of the plot. He was constructed as a puppet operated by multiple technicians, who explain what their duties were. One puppeteer's sole job was to smoke a cigar and blow the smoke out of Jabba's pipe! All this work, and the character ended up being replaced by CGI in the Special Editions. (via Laughing Squid)


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The 41 Mile Abandoned Tunnel Hiding in New York.

A Gallery of the Funniest Pics Of Cats Watching People From The Ceiling.

Unique Signatures that Identify Filmmakers. Honestly, the title of this list 13 Movies And Shows' Special Sauce That Makes Them Great,  but only two of them are about a particular TV show, and none are about a single movie.  

An Extensive Gallery of Strava Art. That's the word for pictures made by runners or cyclists with fitness trackers as they travel their planned route.  (via Boing Boing)

What Happened to Ronald McDonald? This may have flown under your radar, but you don't see much of the McDonald's clown anymore.

Archaeologists Found a 2,700-Year-Old Luxury Toilet in Jerusalem.

Gender Reveal Parties are Getting Out of Hand.

"I think that I shall never see..." The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Book Blob Cover Trend. Read about the factors that cause all book covers to look alike. (via Kottke

A blast from the past (2010): 10 Fun Facts about Bewitched.

Wake Up Call



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Ninja Kittens



This is an ad for Toyota Corollas from 13 years ago. It needs to be a full movie. It sure beats hamsters in sweatpants. (via reddit)

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Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Football Shaped



Yeah, right. (via Bad Newspaper)

Unimagined Friends



Most kids, and a lot of adults, have at least one imaginary friend. But spare a thought for those unfortunate friends who are never imagined. That's the story of Karl, a scruffy imaginary cat. (via Kuriositas)

Hiking



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Bohemian Catsody



These cats don't do much during the video for this Queen parody, but the lyrics are hysterical. (via Supa Fluffy)

Delayed Results



It's a terrible plan, but I suppose it's better than doing nothing. This comic is from Kevin McShane.

Chemistry



Less than the sum of its parts, as it were. (via Bored Panda)

Early Helicopters



Any new development involves a lot of failures, but few were as funny as the early helicopters. (via Nag on the Lake)

Tax Cat



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Get Back Mariachi Style



I don't know who this band is, but the song made me smile. (via Dangerous Minds)

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Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Extinguishers



Work Sign



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The Schmid Peoplemover



The Schmid Peoplemover is an elevator/tram that takes you up, across, and down without stopping to change directions. Tom Scott visited a peoplemover at the Berlin-Rummelsburg Betriebsbahnhof train station. Its design is intriguing. Inventor Emil Schmid explains that the peoplemover was built elsewhere and installed over the railway in only three hours! This device is cheaper and takes up less room than bridges with stairs, but it does have some drawbacks.

Lonely Down Here



And now we know why he's so lonely, but at least he's not hungry. It would have been more honest for him to say, "It's hungry down here!" but that would not have served him as well. This comic is from Jimmy Craig at They Can Talk.

Ducks



An Easier Way to Shuck Corn

Ken shows us a better way to do it. Who knew? I will have to send this video to Princess, who didn't take my spare microwave with her, as she thinks that traditional cooking methods are better. (via Bits and Pieces)

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The Little Boy Who Was Almost Anakin Skywalker

How Science Conquered Diphtheria, the Plague Among Children. 

The boy behind the cruel nickname. The story of one First Nations teenager who died at a residential school. (via Damn Interesting

Tokyo's Smallest Luxury Apartment is Surprisingly Nice.

Every James Bond Ranked. Your mileage may vary. (via Fark

How Earth Felt When Humans Appeared

New World Documented in Italy 150 years Before Columbus. (via TYWKIWDBI)

The latest mashup from Bill McClintock combines "I Can't Go For That" by Hall and Oates with "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails. Since "Closer" is so NSFW, even with word censoring, I'm linking it instead of posting the video.  

How a Record Company Engineer Invented the CT Scan 50 Years Ago. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2014): The Day the Mountain of Fire Was Born.

Pie



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