Thursday, March 31, 2022

Reasonable Mistake

Not Safe For Work

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A Rubber Chicken Sings Led Zep

Enjoy this rendition of "The Immigrant Song" with vocals by a rubber chicken. It sings better than I do. The cat is a bonus. (via Laughing Squid)


1986 Nuclear Terrorism Training Film

Various US government agencies produced a news report that simulated a terrorist attack involving nuclear weapons as part of a training exercise. We've seen enough stuff going on during news reports to know that the calm demeanor here shows a real lack of acting. You can read more about this exercise at Gizmodo.  (via Pictojam)

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The Rise and Fall of the Steel House.

DC Comics' March Madness Tournament: Winner Gets Published. Read a description of each of the 16 contenders in the first round at Gizmodo.

Pulp Sabotage: Making Book Covers More Fun. Just be aware that some titles are NSFW. (via Metafilter)

The Hubble Space Telescope Spots Farthest Star Ever Seen. The light that began its journey from a star 12.9 billion years ago has finally reached us. (via reddit)

Weird stuff sure happens in foreign countries… but not in Chagrin Falls, USA. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Trailer.

They Missed Student Loan Payments. Years Later, They’re Stuck in Credit Hell. (via Digg)

The Perfect Getaway Car, According to a Former Jewel Thief. (via Damn Interesting

Cats Being So Weird, You Have to Take a Picture. Some are cute as a button, some are goofy enough to make you laugh, and quite a few will make you wonder what strange set of circumstances led to this moment.

A blast from the past (2014): 10 Internet Memes Illustrated in Peeps.

A Laugh Between Friends

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Voice Recognition Failure

Markus Johansen is Norwegian, but he is speaking English in this Audi, which is either a  rental car or a demo. The car speaks English but has a definite problem with accents. The general consensus is that the car will do anything to avoid playing Nickleback.

But it makes you think: How useful is voice recognition technology globally? Besides the many different languages, there are many accents within each language even among native speakers. Add those who speak whatever language is used as a second language are often just plain out of luck. (via Daily of the Day)

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Fish House Specials

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An Honest Trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home


Spider-Man: No Way Home is the result of the MCU taking advantage of fan discussions about who the best Spider-Man has been so far, with the three-Spider-Man comic meme acting as the cherry on top. At least that's what this movie's producers can say. We suspect the real story is that they didn't know what to do to guarantee a hit Spider-Man movie after all the movies so far, so they threw everything that worked from the previous dozen or so films into the mix. And you know what? It worked. The movie was the biggest hit of 2021 and is still running in theaters, even though it's also available on home video. But there's still plenty of material for Screen Junkies to poke fun at for an Honest Trailer.

Detention Form

Having a student fill out a form like this is just asking for smartassness. (via reddit)

Eat Your Peas Kids

have you ever felt sorry for a pea? Ian Darlington of IAM Productions is just as frustrated as any other parent with children who won't eat their vegetables. He knows you can't force a kid to eat, but he hates wasting food. So he made this animation about the life cycle of peas. Watch the peas grow up in sunshine set to the tune of "Mr. Blue Sky" by the Electric Light Orchestra. Then they are rejected by a child, and suddenly the sad strains of "Mad World" by Gary Jules takes over. Darlington says that he showed this video to his daughters, and now all it takes is a couple of notes of "Mad World" to get them to gobble up their vegetables. (via Laughing Squid)

Salary Negotiation

From what I've heard about the job market these days, you can apply for hundreds of positions before you get this far into the process, so salary negotiation skills can get rusty. On the other end of the scale, you walk into apply for a job, and they ask when you can start, but they won't pay a living wage no matter how desperate they are. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.


How to Cut Michelin Star Onions


Nice to know how the fancy folks do it, but the real help here is the little recipe he gives us at the end. (via reddit)


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Death Scent: The Rotting Zombie Cologne

When the zombie apocalypse comes, it will be important to hide your living human smell. In The Walking Dead, people rotting flesh on their bodies to mask their scent. It only works until the rain starts. Michonne walked among zombies by surrounding herself with jawless zombies, which is not always feasible. What’s a doomsday prepper to do?  

Science comes to the rescue! Chemist and zombie film buff Raychelle Burks has developed Death Scent, a cologne that mimics the smell of rotting flesh. She explains the chemistry behind this abomination in a video from the American Chemical Society. (via Daily of the Day)

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Anatomically Difficult

How Criminals Fake Their Own Death

Common logic might tell you that the easiest way to get away with a crime is to convince everyone that you are dead and cannot be prosecuted. What could possibly go wrong?  If the police are after you for criminal activity, they've already figured out at least one thing you tried to pull over their eyes. Then there's the problem of being someone else, which comes with its own set of complications. (via Damn Interesting)

Munchkin Cat Rearranges Toys Every Night

When you really observe them, you'll find that all house cats have hobbies. I have a cat who collects chopsticks. Batman is a munchkin cat with a serious stuffed toy obsession. But he isn't hoarding them; he takes them to his human, Christine, to show his love! That's endearing, but it's only the beginning of the qualities that make Batman an adorable cat beyond his looks.

Applying for a Job

This would drive me crazy. Every job I've had online -and I've worked online since 2006- came from someone recruiting me. That job I had in the bakery for a year, well, I just walked in and they asked when I was available to work. I don't know if I have the bandwidth left to jump through the hoops young people do these days. These pie charts are from Matt Shirley.

Vasilisa & The Hungry Doll


This starts out like Cinderella and then runs into an old Russian folk tale. It doesn't make much sense, until you read the source material. (via Nag on the Lake)

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The Will Smith slapping Chris Rock Online Meme Generator. And another one. (via Pop Culturista

Duck Goes to a Maternity Facility to Lay Eggs.

The Delightful Signs at Ax-Man Surplus.

Scientists Make Pizza Crust Rise Without Yeast. It's like carbonating a soda. (via Damn Interesting

She Spent 50 Years with Orangutans (So Far). If you know the names Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall, you should also know Biruté Mary Galdikas.

The Novel That Foretold the Titanic Disaster.

How to Become a Fossil. (via Digg)

The Teen Who Drove Through a Tornado Got a New Truck (and a Job Offer From Whataburger) . 

The Go-to Guy for Crazy California Architecture.

Comic of the Day: Dexter's new neighbors.

A blast from the past (2012): 12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains.


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Generic Brand Video

Watch this, and try to remember where you've seen it before. You've seen it everywhere and nowhere! This video is based on a script at McSweeney’s and could be used to advertise …anything. It’s that generic, made completely of stock footage from Dissolve. So it's just like the brand videos companies pay really big bucks to produce, but afterward, you can't even remember what it was talking about. (via Boing Boing)

Tweet of the Day

Read more about this observation here. (via Everlasting Blort)

Monday, March 28, 2022

Bad Menu

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Archives Stored in a Salt Mine

Many places around the world use defunct salt mines for storage.In the UK, there's a salt mine storage facility that's being filled up as the mine continues! See, this mine is so big that underground chambers are emptied and used top store not only historical records, but actual historical items that may one day be displayed in a museum, while mining is still going on somewhat down the line, so to speak. The salt itself makes up the walls of the facility, and also cause it to have much lower humidity than above-ground storage or other kinds of underground holes. Tom Scott takes us on a tour of this underground storage facility and finds out what they'll tell us and what they won't about the treasures stored there for posterity.  

Good Luck Figuring All This Out

It's explained here. (via reddit)

Hard Mode

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The Phenomenon of the Lazy Geoff. Those are research animals animals that don't move enough to justify the expense of tracking them.

The 2022 Razzie Award Winners.

Victims of Scotland's Witch Trials May Be Pardoned.

The Danger of Skyrocketing Home Prices: A Torn-up Contract. (via Fark)

Why well-qualified medical school graduates can’t get jobs — despite doctor shortages.

What Made Point d’Alençon Needle Lace So Special. (via Strange Company

Willie Nelson and wife Annie D’Angelo-Nelson both had trouble voting in Texas' primary. There's a lot of ridiculous new voting restrictions to negotiate. (via Fark)

The Nightmarish Animatronics Behind the Movies.

Specialty Scrapyards: Where Inanimate Objects Go to Die.

Comic of the day: Perfection.

A blast from the past (2007): Extreme Sports Destinations.

3D Printer

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Fox Kit Rescued from Can

You’ve seen videos of animals with their faces stuck in food cans and other containers many times. What makes this one different is how tiny this fox kit is, and how adorably cute his little face is when we finally get to see him! This was from a few years ago, and those who know say the kit’s mother came and got him not long afterward. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tweet of the Day

Ukrainians edited a popular Russian children's cartoon for their own purposes. A comment at Fark provides a translation from Unkrainian: 

According to my wife: "I'm taking the tank, I'm taking the tank...also, also this is for me" 

The ram is saying Baa and the other word in the left hand side is 'Duh'.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Cooking School

All in the Family End Theme

Carroll O'Conner wrote lyrics to the ending theme of his TV show All in the Family. They were never used in the show, but now we get to hear what it might have been like.


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Cat's Greatest Joy

Click to the right to advance the comic. I am ever thankful that my cats don't do this. Maybe it's the garden of catnip I thoughtfully planted for them. Maybe it's the fact that they are all older and at least one is missing a few teeth. This comic is from Zena Comics.

Mixed Message

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5,000 Exoplanets

There was a time when all we knew were the nine planets (now eight) that revolve around our sun. Then we developed amazing space telescopes that can capture images outside our solar system. On March 21, the 5,000th exoplanet was confirmed. To celebrate this milestone, NASA put together a timeline on a 360° map, showing when each exoplanet was discovered.

As each exoplanet is discovered, a circle appears at its position in the sky. The size of the circle indicates the relative size of the planet's orbit and the color indicates which planet detection method was used to discover it. The music is created by playing a note for each newly discovered world. The pitch of the note indicates the relative orbital period of the planet. Planets that take a longer time to orbit their stars are heard as lower notes, while planets that orbit more quickly are heard as higher notes.

(via Metafilter)

The Canadian Zombie

We know all about Georgia zombies. A Canadian zombie is completely different. Antoine puts maple syrup on his brains before eating them! And getting an acting job isn’t easy for him: “Less polite Canadian, more zombie!” Watch as Antoine Zombié learns to give it all for his craft. This is an ad for the 2014 Canadian Film Fest. (via Digg)

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Real Chicken

Real chicken is almost twice as much as the "other" chicken! (via Bad Menu)

Boomer Shirt

I bet she bought the shirt, too. (via reddit)

Barney the Cat Plays a Piano Duet

We've seen cats sing, but they can be great instrumentalists, too. Barney likes to play piano. Brazilian musician Jeffin Rodegheri plays bass guitar. Together, they made beautiful music. The collaboration above is called "Rhapsody on a Theme of Barney." A second duet is entitled "A Cat in D Minor."

(via Metafilter)


A Satisfying Look at Machines Doing Their Thing

Mass production can be a beautiful thing. This video is a compilation of machines that we rarely get to see, and the amazing way they get things done. You probably won't learn a whole lot from watching this (or you just might), but how they do what they do is almost like art. None of the clips are long enough to get boring. They just move on to the next machine. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Hunt

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How to Get Out of Jury Duty

Mr. Forthright shares his wisdom of the many ways you can get kicked off jury duty. In reality, just being truthful in response to every question will probably get you out of serving. You will still miss a few days of work, because the system is anything but streamlined.

I would never advise that you try to get out of jury duty. It’s part of the obligation we have for living in a democracy, after all. As a stable, upstanding citizen who votes in every election, I have been summoned quite a few times. However, I have never gotten as far as sitting on an actual court case. That one question, “Has anyone in your family ever been convicted of a crime?” gets me thrown off every time. They don’t ask how close the family member was, or what crime it was. I don’t see how they can ever seat an entire panel by being that picky. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, March 25, 2022


A Minecraft Ocean Temple Diorama Built from Polymer Clay and Acrylic

YouTuber WUZU clay uses polymer clay to construct a Minecraft temple, set in an ocean, encased in acrylic for preservation. The process is painstaking, but engrossing, and I couldn't help but watch the whole thing. (via Boing Boing)

Photoshop Skills

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The Cockeyed Strawberry Squid

The Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) introduces us to Histioteuthis heteropsis, or the strawberry squid. You might notice that this animal has one huge green eye, and one small blue eye. It's not disabled; this is how they all are. They evolved two very different eyes for different uses in the "twilight zone." That's where this squid lives, and the area between shallow water that gets sunlight and the deepest depth where light doesn't reach. (via Laughing Squid)


The Suburbs


The history of redlining in the suburbs, distilled into a short TED-Ed lesson.

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Russia Has Already Lost. There is no clear path to a positive outcome for Russia in Ukraine. It could win every future battle, but it has already lost. (via Fark)

Burkina Faso Architect Wins Pritzker Prize. See ten of Diébédo Francis Kéré's projects and read what makes them special.

The Ancient Botanical History Behind Common Aspirin.

For a year Tommy James was bigger than The Beatles. Then the mafia ruined everything. (via Damn Interesting)

A Lion And Wolf Get Carried By Crane Into A Minivan Driven By Three Brits In Order To Save Them. 

Rarely-Seen Tolkien Paintings and Maps. (via Kottke)

An Exhibit of the Cars that Shaped Film History.

An Unlikely, Coincidental, and Fortunate Scrabble Game. You don't even have to be a Scrabble player to appreciate it. (via Metafilter)

Comic of the day: The small, eight-legged creature ascends the drain.

A blast from the past (2016): 6 Easter Customs From Around the World.


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Liquid Boiling and Freezing

There’s not a lot of documentation on this experiment, but what we know is that the unknown liquid is both boiling and freezing. Actually, if you go by the visuals, it seems to rock back and forth between those states quickly. The pressure inside the glass was lowered, which causes the temperature to drop. But it also drops the boiling point of the liquid. Where the freezing point and the new, low-pressure boiling point meet is called its triple point. It’s freaky to watch. I kept waiting for the glass to break, because that just seems like what should happen. (via Viral Viral Videos

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Unfortunate Autocorrect

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The Bonanza Theme with Lyrics

The TV show Bonanza ran from 1959 to 1973. Its distinctive theme song was always an instrumental on TV, but various versions with lyrics have been recorded. Before the show premiered, a version was sung by cast members Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, and Dan Blocker, but was never used for broadcast. In 1964, Lorne Green wrote his own lyrics and recorded the version above as a B-side for another song. (via Boing Boing)


In the SCOTUS confirmation hearing yesterday, Senator Marsha Blackburn asked nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to define "woman." The judge refused, because defining such a generic term needs context, and even in context, there is no all-encompassing definition. By the way, the chair I'm sitting in right now has one leg and five wheels. (via Fark)

What Does That Spell?

This kid knows his letters, and knows what he likes! (Thanks, Bicycle Bill!)

The Home Gym, Realistic Edition

Click to the right to advance the comic. We went home to work because of the pandemic, where we wore sweatpants and nibbled out of the refrigerator all day. Now spring is here, and you really want to get started on that summer beach body, because there's a possibility you might actually go to a beach for the first time since 2019. But now there's a whole new generation of exercise equipment for the home, apparatuses that are connected to the internet for maximum inspiration. Or maybe it's maximum disappointment. This comic is from Gemma Correll for The Nib.

To Do List

Tornado Topples Truck

A tornado ripped through Elgin, Texas, on Monday. The most viral of images from the storm is a video of a red Silverado pickup truck that crossed paths with the tornado. The twister flipped the truck on its side, spun it around, and then righted it. Astonishingly, the man inside was able to drive away. The owner of the truck has stayed anonymous, but we get to see what shape the truck is in.

The man obviously had his seat belt on. I wouldn't be surprised if Chevy seeks out the footage to use in an ad. (via Digg)

Guard Dog

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Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022


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The Club

Honestly, this sounds like a great way to meet people. (via reddit)

The Complex Process of Reopening an Airport Terminal

Gatwick Airport in London ran into an unforeseen problem that is popping up all over the world. When you shut down for a pandemic, you have no idea how long the closure will be. One or two years later, you return to find the plants dead and the refrigerator moldy because you thought you'd be back in a week or two. They shut down an entire terminal due to fewer flights and passengers, and are now working to get it back up to snuff. Tom Scott once again takes a rather mundane subject and makes it well worth three minutes of your time.  

Spring is Here!

Let's be real. It's going to have to get much warmer before anyone leaves their windows open and is awakened by birds. They don't wake me even when the window is open, because I live a couple of blocks from the railroad tracks. But then again, I usually get up before the birds. This comic is from Jimmy Craig at They Can Talk.


An Honest Trailer for the Oscars 2022

The Academy Awards ceremony is this Sunday night, and once again there are a bunch of movies that you haven't seen up for an Oscar. In this day and age there may be a lot of movies nominated that you've never even heard of. To alleviate this problem, Screen Junkies presents their annual Oscars Honest Trailer. What that means is that this video has a mini-Honest Trailer for each of the ten films competing for the Best Picture Award. Sadly, Spider-Man is not among them.

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17 Babysitters Opened Up About The Most Screwed Up Parents They've Ever Worked For.

When Sight is Taken Away for Days, Weird Things Happen. (via Damn Interesting)

My Wife Knows Everything and The Wife Doesn't Know.

Top Cities Where Recent College Graduates Want To Live, Ranked. And that's why you can't afford to live there.

Cats Can Be Assholes, Too. But they are very cute about it.

The Real Betty Crocker was a Team of "Crockettes."

Update Your Front Door for Maximum Curb Appeal.

West Side Story Star Won't Be at Oscar Ceremony. Rachel Zeglar was not invited, despite winning a Golden Globe for her role as Maria. Update: The Academy has invited her to be a presenter.

Final Fragment of a Stolen Tapestry Finally Found. After more than 40 years, the tapestry of Castrojeriz has recovered its angel.

A blast from the past (2017): 10 Competitive Eating Challenges at Restaurants in the U.S.

Spirit Animal

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Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022



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Let's All Sing Along

Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk is now suddenly a warrior. Here he performs a Ukrainian folk song with addition by The Kiffness from South Africa to make a global tune.

Andriy Khlyvnyuk, the frontman of top Ukrainian band Boombox (Бумбокс) dropped his tour of the US to defend his country. He was kind enough to let me remix this recent video of him singing a Ukranian folk song, й у лузі червона калина (Oy u luzi chervona kalyna).

The original video is here. (via Metafilter)

Reality TV

Come on, this idea doesn't sound any crazier than Wife Swap or Naked and Afraid. Just because a TV show is unscripted doesn't mean it's reality. It just means they aren't paying writers. Besides, this kind of thing goes on informally all over. Mom makes you go to school and then serves you pizza or chicken nuggets and mac-and-cheese for dinner because she's tired and you'll eat it. Dad buys food at McDonald's and plays video games with you because it's the weekend. There's a reason young children don't make these decisions. This comic is from Kevin McShane. (via reddit)

Guide to Social Media

I assume that this guide is for people who really use social media. I use it, too, but in weird ways. Twitter is for one-liners and pet videos to post here. Instagram is for comics to post here. Facebook is for that one group I've been with for twenty years, and we're now all too old to look for another platform again. This Venn diagram is from Matt Shirley.

The Sound That is Illegal to Broadcast

Most Americans are familiar with the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which used to be called the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) before 1997. In the age of 24-hour cable and internet, you will rarely hear the weekly tests anymore unless you are up at 2AM on a Sunday, but you will probably recognize the alert tone. That's the tone that is illegal to broadcast unless you are authorized. I used to do it all the time.  

Let me indulge in a personal story about the Emergency Broadcast System. I once worked at a large radio station that was an EBS relay station, meaning we were authorized to sent an alert and take over the signal of all the other stations around us in case of a nuclear attack. This was considered a real possibility during the Cold War. I received the necessary training on how to use the system, and would relay weekly tests ("This is a test. This is only a test"). Then sometime, I like to think 1991, that state decided since the Cold War was over, we would use the EBS to alert people about local emergencies. I received more training.

Meanwhile, my husband at the time worked at a competing radio station, so we never discussed radio business.  He was promoted to program director. His very first day on the new job was the day I received my first real EBS emergency, just a few weeks after the criteria was changed. The alert went out with my voice saying "This is not a test." It was a severe storm warning, which I thought was silly because it was obvious by looking out the window and what can you do about it? I learned later that my husband, who had not yet been told about the change in procedure because he wasn't a part of management until that day, almost had a heart attack because the Russians were launching a nuclear attack on his first day in charge.

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A Big Step

Everything is big when you're little! This puppy tackles what seems to be an insurmountable threshold with gusto and determination. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day

Hey, got a PhD in chemistry? Here's a job opportunity! On the surface, this looks like the ultimate in end-stage capitalism. But it's more likely a nepotism deal, and they've already got a candidate picked, yet they have to advertise the position. They can "re-assess" the salary later. (via Fark)

Monday, March 21, 2022


Ain't Talkin' 'bout Metal Health Now

Bill McClintock's latest mashup doesn't mix disparate genres; it just works well. This three-way mashup combines Free's "All Right Now" with Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love" and Quiet Riot's "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)." There's a couple of other songs mixed in here and there, too.

Testing Your Gullibility

(via reddit)

Daisy the Rhino Gets a Mud Bath

A baby rhinoceros named Daisy is being raised at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa. She was orphaned at birth, most likely due to poachers. Daisy battled a nasty infection as a newborn, but with human care, she pulled through. With no mother to teach her how to roll in the mud, her carers are giving almost two-month-old Daisy her first mud bath! Mud helps to keep a rhino's skin moisturized and protects them from sun damage, heat, and parasites. Watch her zoom around with joy when she's completely covered! (via reddit)

In Case You Haven't Seen it Yet

T-rex Meets His Match

Click to the right to advance the comic. You really can't argue about it. Dinosaurs are extinct, and birds are still here. This comic is from Ben Hed at Pet Foolery.


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Samuel L. Jackson Wants a Mace Windu Series.

Henry Ford's Plant-Based Automobile.

The Oldest Mummy in the World. At least one body was deliberately dried after death inPortugal 8,000 years ago. (via Strange Company)

Isaac Newton Predicted That the World Will End in 2060. (via Damn Interesting

Cat Takes a Tumble for Simba.

Meet the Pioneering Midwives Who Helped Birth the Gulf South.

How to Eat Like Ernest Hemingway. With recipes. (via Nag on the Lake

The Delightful and Groundbreaking Comics of Jackie Ormes.

10 Weird Ways British Royals Have Died.

A blast from the past (2016): 19 Authors and Their Typewriters.

Shark Cat

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Dear Future Mom

A pregnant woman finds out that her child will have Down Syndrome and asked what that will be like. In response, the Italian advocacy group Coor Down (English link) gathered 15 people with Down Syndrome from various countries to answer her question. The video was produced in honor of World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Tweet of the Day

I have a hard time believing that Kentucky has a woman and a doctor in one state senator. But it's about time. (via Fark)

Sunday, March 20, 2022