The Coastal Watershed Institute surrounded a beaver lodge with cameras to see what they are up to in the middle of winter. They stay pretty busy, constantly reinforcing and repairing their home. They even incorporate the trail camera as part of the lodge! Watch Notch-Tail and Smooth-Tail and their kit doing what beavers do. Yes, the baby beaver we hear at the beginning does appear on camera at about five minutes in. (via Metafilter)
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
The 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds gave us bloodthirsty Nazi hunters, but we were okay with them because they were on the right side. The real bad guy was the actual Nazi Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his performance. But it was more than Waltz' acting that made the role memorable. Nerdstalgic breaks down his performance to explain the tricks used to make Colonel Hans Landa thoroughly charming while instilling fear and dread in everyone he encountered. And the audience, too. (via Digg)
15 Controversial Casting Choices That Are Perfect in Hindsight.
Can you hold your breath for 95 seconds? You will if you watch this video.
"My new hobby is taking graphs of economic data over time and indicating the year that Ronald Reagan was inaugurated, in case people find that helpful or informative." There are a lot of them in the replies. (via Metafilter)
16th-Century Haunted Scottish Castle for Sale. The listing from Savills has details on Earlshall Castle, but you have to submit an application to find out the price.
Children Aren't Supposed to Die. An article about children dying may seem depressing at first, but the main point of this essay is how far we've come in the last 100 years in overcoming the diseases, injuries, and random bad luck that once took so many children. (via TYWKIWDBI)
This kid knows what's important. And that's the beginning of wisdom. (via Nag on the Lake)
The frustrating Covid-19 test reimbursement process is a microcosm of US health care.
The live show called Saturday Night (later known as Saturday Night Live) premiered on October 11th, 1975. A few days before that, Lorne Michaels took all seven Not Ready for Primetime Players to the Tomarrow with Tom Snyder show to introduce them. For the vantage point of 47 years later, it's hard to imagine that no one had ever heard of these seven people.
Snyder: "What should we look for in your show?"Ah, memories. Even when I didn't make it home by 11:30 on a Saturday night, I managed to watch the show wherever I was at the time. But that one time we kept Neilsen diaries, I made sure to watch at home and log it. Open Culture tells us about the beginning of the show, complete with audition on video and a classic sketch by Gilda Radner. (via mental_floss)
Monday, January 24, 2022
Dragnet was a TV series in the 1950s and '60s about police work. This is not that. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson invited Jack Webb to recreate the show for a parody that's as memorable as any of the cases on the real show. The whole thing is a tongue twister that just goes on and on.
Bill McCamley was NM's labor secretary, but working at a local movie theater taught him the truth about what's ailing the workforce. (via Metafilter)
The Blue Cows of Latvia. (via Strange Company)
The History of That Three-Note Mystery/Suspense Sound. (via Boing Boing)
For Shouichi Yokoi, World War II Ended in 1972. He spent almost 28 years on Guam, hiding from the Americans.
Read the story behind a $35 million castle in Connecticut.
Don't Bring Cougars in the House.
Lil Bub's Human Has a New Cat. Mike Bridavsky refers to Mr. Marbles as a "magical space cat." (via Fark)
The Deathless Arm of Dan Donnelly; Or, You Never Know What Will Get You Into the History Books.
A blast from the past (2014): 8 Snowmen We Wish We'd Built.
This is the story of a lion that captures a mouse. The mouse, being pretty desperate at that point, promises the lion anything. It’s a pretty good deal for the lion, since the mouse is only a bite at most. But the mouse proves that brains will defeat brawn in the long run. In French with English subtitles, by artist Reineke. (via the Presurfer)
Sunday, January 23, 2022
So, when will the pandemic end? The short answer is: we don't know. The more helpful answer is: it depends on a few different factors that we can't exactly predict now, but with a primer on what we've learned about coronaviruses and COVID-19 in particular, we can expect one of several different scenarios. Six, to be exact. Or at least that's what the guys from AsapSCIENCE tell us. They are basing these predictions on the history of the 1918 flu pandemic plus what happened to other coronaviruses, and the timeline of how COVID-19 has changed. They've been bathing in the latest research for the last two years, so we may as well learn a bit of it. (via Digg)
Click to the right to advance the comic. We all know how to tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile: one sees you later, the other sees in you after while. But what about the other animals? There are plenty of rhymes for them, too. This comic is from Ben Hed at Pet Foolery.
Kate McKinnon channels Laura Ingraham on Fox as an excuse to bring on segments that explain some of last week's new stories, in the opening sequence of last night's Saturday Night Live. Aidy Bryant reprised his Ted cruz, not because he didn't anything funny this week, but just because her impersonation is so good.
Just like the rest of us, Priya the cat enjoys watching videos of kittens on the internet. But concern kicks in when the screen goes blank! Where are those kittens? The kittens were on a home video, but they were foster kittens from long ago, and Priya never knew them. But they were kittens, and she wants them back! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)
Saturday, January 22, 2022
The hardest thing about conveying a public service message is to get people to pay any attention at all. An anti-jaywalking campaign from the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec in Montreal solved this problem by presenting pedestrians on the streets of the city with something fun. They rigged a bus stop shelter with one of those interactive x-ray simulation devices, where people can see themselves as skeletons waving or dancing or whatever they want to do. Then suddenly, they are reminded of all the traffic in those streets. It's a sobering way to confront the danger. (via Everlasting Blort)
Whatever else you like about the Teletubbies, you have to admit they knew how to shake their booties to a good children's song. Their costumes were made with plenty of junk in the trunk (the result of eating Tubby Toast and Tubby Custard), and the kids that watched the show loved to dance along with them. So our favorite YouTube remixer, There I Ruined It, turned the Black Eyed Peas song "My Humps" into a bouncy children's ditty for the Dinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa, and Po to dance to. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Neil Cicierega tagged his classic animation with "The best day of Adrien Brody's life." I was looking for this the other day for some unrelated reason and found that neither the search engine here nor at Neatorama could find it, and I know I posted it somewhere. Yeah, that was 12 years ago, but who's counting?
Friday, January 21, 2022
They call them Dad jokes now, but they've always been puns. Wordplay. Groaners. Dan Opsal and John Haskell of the Real Big Boys YouTube channel go on a picnic. They seem to be looking for a world record in stuffing as many puns as they can into two minutes. Forget trying to follow the conversation, as they get distracted constantly by the alternate meaning of a word. Since there's no pause for laughter, and no reaction from the principle punsters, you are guaranteed to miss some of them as they fly by. Yeah, you'll probably have to watch this twice. And don't be surprised if you get grated cheese on your hot dates. (via Laughing Squid)
YouTuber Hyperboliumn transcribed the shapes of each of the 50 United States onto a midi graph. You wouldn't guess how melodic they sound when played. I think there was some serious tweaks made to improve the sound. I know Wyoming isn't that irregular along the bottom. If you don't recognize the shape of each state, there's an index at the YouTube page. (via Laughing Squid)
You can be a consummate professional, but you can't control for everything when the cameras are broadcasting live. WSAZ reporter Tori Yorgey was on the scene of a water main break in Dunbar, West Virginia, when a car hit her. Her first reaction was to let everyone know she's okay, and she even took time to reassure the driver before she continued with her report. Yorgey was later interviewed about the incident, and takes her viral fame in stride. (via Neatorama)
Ernest Shackleton's Harrowing Journey to Elephant Island. They were on dry land for the first time in over a year, but that didn't help all that much.
Tangled Deer Freed by Hunter with Angle Grinder. His wife recorded the rescue operation on video, which you can see at Facebook. (via Fark)
How a small town can make a ton of money. Just take it from people passing through. (Via Digg)
50 Really Awkward And Embarrassing But Memorable Moments.
The Unicorn that Lived Among Early Humans. (via Damn Interesting)
Rod Serling was not the original narrator for The Twilight Zone. The first guy didn't sound quite right.
Arthur Erickson’s Starship House is For Sale. The house is historic and beautiful, but the view is to die for.
GOP States Are Shredding Voting Rights and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are Now Complicit.
A blast from the past (2014): Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!
In the 1925 film Seven Chances, Buster Keaton spends almost four minutes running for his life from an avalanche of boulders. Much funnier than it sounds. You can see the entire movie here. (via Metafilter)
Some may look at this and think it's another way to get out of jury duty. But is that worth risking your life? (via Fark)
Read U.S. District Judge Robert Scola's order canceling a trial because some jurors were unvaccinated.— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 19, 2022
"It is the Court’s belief that the vast majority of the unvaccinated adults are uninformed and irrational, or—less charitably—selfish and unpatriotic."https://t.co/xp8loebytF pic.twitter.com/Nxzzkfpqu2
Thursday, January 20, 2022
People have always been into non-medical drugs, from mind-expanding hallucinogens for religious rites to painkillers to escape the grinding stress of everyday life. And for some, mood-altering drugs could aid in warfare.
We all know that you stay away from someone who is in a drug-induced frenzy, because they may have lost all sense of self-preservation. That was the story of the berserkers, who were said to be immune to fire and weapons during battle. The more likely story is that they just didn't care, and that terrified their enemies into retreat or submission. It must have been the drugs. (via Boing Boing)
One of the more distinctive features of a house cat is its weird vertical pupils, which don't seem all that weird to us because we are really familiar with cats. But pupil shapes vary all along the spectrum of the animal kingdom, and each shape has a purpose for the lifestyle of its owners. In the TED-Ed video, we learn about pupil shapes in a variety of animals, including the extremely weird rectangular pupils of a goat. (via Laughing Squid)
Click to the right to advance the comic. Don't tell someone you've "been there" until you know what the problem is. They might expect you to have some insight. This comic is from Dave Contra Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Try This Addictive Wiki History Game. All you have to do is place historical events in chronological order. (via Metafilter)
Guess Who's Playing "Weird Al" in the Biopic. (via reddit)
Have You Ever Seen a Bull on a Jet Ski?
The 25 Greatest Horror Comedies of All Time.
Landing at the World's Most Dangerous Airport.
The Sleeping Girl of Turville. Ellen Sadler had a few seizures, laid down to rest, and didn't wake up for nine years.
New Orleans had a Parade for Betty White's 100th Birthday. What a great kickoff to carnival season! (Thanks, Bicycle Bill!)
A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at being a loser. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
A blast from the past (2013): Ten Neat Things to Do With Apples.
Matt Van Vliet got roughed up by the cops until his girlfriend Samantha Labo was in tears. Then when the cop went through Van Vliet’s pockets, he found an engagement ring and it all turned out to be a hoax -he just wanted to propose to her! It was all captured on the police officer’s dashcam. We get an idea of why Van Vliet wanted to stage this unusual proposal from CNN.
Van Vliet and Labo met when they were arrested at an underage drinking party in their freshman year at Colby-Sawyer College. After a Breathalyzer test showed no alcohol, they were let go, but they continued talking and began dating a month later. So, when he decided to propose to his girlfriend of four years, Van Vliet reached out to the officer who arrested them.It must be true love, or else she would have killed him. Or at least let them haul him to jail. (via The Daily Dot)
"At first I was going to say no, because it's not something you would typically do or get involved in, but because of the involvement of how they met I felt compelled," said Police Chief Andersen.
Anderson said when Van Vliet called with the request, he told Anderson that if the two hadn't been arrested, they wouldn't be together. When Anderson agreed to help, Van Vliet also asked the officer to get Labo wound up.
"I felt honored to do it for them; it's nice to do something fun," said Anderson, who made the "arrest" on his own time.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Dolph C. Volker works with lots of wildlife species, but he has a special place in his heart for cheetahs. At Cheetah Experience in South Africa, he took the opportunity to go sleep in a cheetah enclosure on a rainy night. Would the cats mind? Would they come and try to share his blankets? In this video, Volker explains cheetah hierarchy and decision-making, but all we really want to do is see a guy snuggle with three 100-pound apex predators that also happen to be kitty cats. (via Metafilter)
This comic could have stopped just about anywhere and be funny, but I'm glad it went all the way to the end. It's true that science can't explain everything, because science as we define it is a learning process. But it can explain the difference between a door and a mirror. This comic is from Jim Benton. (via reddit)
Wes Tank raps the entire Dr. Seuss book Fox in Socks over Dr. Dre beats. My hat is off to him! When I was a kid, my favorite part was Slow Joe Crow, for some reason. My kids liked the Tweedle Beetles. They had me read the book faster and faster until we were all falling apart giggling. (via Fark)
Since she was a little girl, she’s dreamed of the perfect wedding. When the time came, there were some financial limitations, so she had to give up parts of that dream, but was able to keep the idea of the big, flowy dress and fireworks. Yeah, sure, there are often fireworks at weddings. But they are usually outside. Who authorized this? (via Digg)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
As a fan of cinnamon rolls, this intrigued me. He said I had all the ingredients! But yeast? Uh, no. The only time I have yeast is when Princess is here, and I don't bake when the professional is here. And hours for the dough to rise? Forget that. So I opened a can of biscuits and rolled the dough out, and used this recipe for the cinnamon paste and the cream cheese icing. So good, and so much faster! Oh, the recipe is printed at the YouTube page. (via Digg)
A band of thieves in Brazil targeted a big-screen TV, but had no real plan for taking it, outside of brute force. It didn't work out all that well for them. Hey, at least they had the flashers on so they wouldn't get reported for illegal parking! If any security footage ever called for a soundtrack and sound effects, this one does.
This could easily be an advertisement for television wall mounts. They had to break the screen to get it off the wall! The TV was kaput the moment he started tugging on it. That's just as well, it wouldn't have fit into the back of that car anyway. (via reddit)
Here we see a dozen or so physics simulations in which balls are released to bounce around. The astonishing part is the point in the middle of each sequence where the balls arrange themselves in a pattern. That can't really happen, can it? It's really nice to see anyway, and here's how they did it.
Each sequence is obtained by joining two simulations, both starting from the time in which the balls are arranged regularly. One simulates forward in time, one backwards.
11 Facts About The Universal Monster Movies.
She’s trying her best and that’s what matters.
The Risks of Letting a TV Show Renovate Your Home.
The Best Saturday Night Live Cast Member.
A View from the Bridge. A medical mystery takes an unexpected turn in this true story. (via Metafilter)
15 Comedies That Lost Millions at the Box Office.
Life in Space Can Destroy Our Blood.
Ghostbusters Promotional Reel for a 1984 Industry Convention.
Food Served in Ridiculous Ways. Creative plating now means getting rid of plates completely.
A blast from the past (2014): Making Snow with Hot Water and Other Frozen Phenomena.
today's image is from the NeatoShop.
British goldsmith Annette Gabbedey has been crafting custom jewelry and setting precious gems for more than 30 years, despite the fact that she was born without fingers. The "about" page at her business site doesn't even mention the lack of fingers, but as you can see from the picture, she doesn't hide it. Gabbedey doesn't consider herself disabled, just different. (via Arbroath)
Well, that makes sense. Dogs have no ulterior motives. They are just pure dog.
When I find myself in times of trouble, Bill Murray comes to me, speaking words of wisdom pic.twitter.com/JCKmVP8ZpZ— Caitlin of County Kerry (@lynn_of_cait) January 16, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
What makes a coin more valuable than its face value? Rarity. And you can't get much rarer than the 1933 British penny, of which there are only seven. The mint wasn't going to make any at all, but they were needed for a royal tradition. Five of those coins are accounted for, and one is missing. The seventh is ...somewhere in that area over there, but good luck getting to it.
The very idea of finding that one penny, which would be worth somewhere around £100,000, brings up the notion of a crime or crime movie, but Tom Scott nervously goes out of his way to discourage the former and encourage the latter.
Many people only know Martin Luther King, Jr. from the surviving film clips. You might not know that he started college at age 15. He had skipped ninth grade, and then during World War II, Morehouse College battled a decline in enrollment by accepting high school juniors if they could pass the entrance exam. King passed, and enrolled in 1944. Considering that he was born in January, that's three years younger than normal, so he must have started elementary school early.
As a child, he tried to kill himself by jumping from his home's second story window -twice. The first time was when he thought he'd killed his grandmother. The second time was when she really died, of a heart attack, and he blamed himself.
There are a ton of sources you can read about King, but you can get an overview by starting at Wikipedia.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 39 when he was shot and killed in Memphis.
The 50 Most Favored Fast Food Chains in America. This list ranks fast food not by sales, but by what people think of the chains. (via Digg)
The Crazy Story of Atari's First World Championship. It's actually several stories of that weekend's shenanigans. (via Damn Interesting)
A Classic Crime of Passion, with a Twist. Read about the Wilkerson murder case at Murder by Gaslight. (via Strange Company)
A Lovely Ball Machine Plays the Theme from Spirited Away.
The Sicilian Castle from The Godfather III Can Be Yours.
Turns Out Schrödinger, the Father of Quantum Physics, Was a Pedophile. (via Damn Interesting)
Unwanted Pregnancies in the Middle Ages. They had plenty of prescriptions that didn't work. (via Strange Company)
A blast from the past (2014): They Were Who They Weren’t: 6 Audacious Impostors.
Remmy (short for Remmington) is only eight weeks old in this clip. As the runt of the litter, he was already tiny for his age -only two and a half pounds at this stage. But he was an intelligent puppy -watch him obey commands perfectly! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)
“If one is truly devoted to the religion of Jesus, [that person] will seek to rid the earth of social evils. The gospel is social as well as personal.”— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 16, 2022
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pic.twitter.com/iZsOHgCyo4
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Okay, so let's see the bright spot of the show, the monologue by Ariana DeBose, which is more of a musical performance, with Kate McKinnon.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Long before Power Station did the hit cover, there was a disco version of T. Rex's "Bang a Gong" by Montreal studio band Witch Queen. This was in 1979, so there's no better way to illustrate the song than with Soul Train dancers. (via Fark)
Ain't it the truth? You see an eye doctor, tell him/her you can't see, then they don't believe you. My optical examiner is astonished at my lack of vision, then tells me my current lens prescription is fine. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.
During the Apollo program, when missions got long enough to require food for astronauts, they had to rely on nourishment like roast beef squeezed from a tube directly intones mouth. Now that astronauts spend weeks or even months aboard the International Space Station, that fare won't fly. NASA Astronaut Megan McArthur explains how space food is engineered to be as much like normal food as possible, but it still looks like C-rations to us. At about six minutes in, we get to see the chaos of McArthur making a tortilla full of beef and chasing the stray bits around. (via Laughing Squid)
Wong Fu Productions explains the difference between guys who want to be a girl's friend and guys who want to be more than friends. I was skeptical about the premise, because years on the internet tell me that guys this age always want to be more than friends. But they explain what's what to this clueless young woman, and it all makes sense. There's the friend who wants to be more than friends, and then there are your guy acquaintances. That's a pretty bold line to draw. I was never this oblivious. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Friday, January 14, 2022
We occasionally see a nighttime satellite image that shows where the lights are on in one country or another. But now we have a composite image that shows the entire world on a Mercator projection and how it is lit up at night. Yeah, of course it would have to a composite, because it's never nighttime for the whole world. That also allows us to zoom in and see what the light -or lack of it- tells us about different regions. (via Digg)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute gives us an up-close look at the tiny jellyfish Crossota millsae, here nicknamed the psychedelic jelly. This jelly resides in the midnight zone, more than 1000 meters (3300 feet) below the ocean's surface. Its bioluminescence highlights its anatomical structures, but also makes us want a poster of it to put in our bedrooms. (via Laughing Squid)
I know how she feels. Sometimes you just gotta decide what's important and what's not so important. Let her rest. What do you wanna bet the raccoon is sitting on her glasses? I am a little concerned about where the cat is. This comic is from Pizza Cake Comics. (via reddit)