Sunday, June 26, 2022

Tweet of the Day

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Car For Sale



The Elephant in the Room



Carol Burnett had just lectured the cast of The Carol Burnett Show about going off script and making the rest of the cast break character. That's why Tim Conway went way off script about an elephant that had the cast and the audience in stitches. Even Tim Conway! How this happened is explained here. Of course, they had to do the scene again and again. Vicky Lawrence has more. (via Metafilter)


Note to the Custodian



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Avoiding the Lava



Playing the game "the floor is lava" is a real hoot when you're a kid, because you either achieve a sense of accomplishment or a good laugh when you fail. The stakes are higher when you're an adult made of 200 pounds of muscle, and you paid for the furniture. Daniel LaBelle shows off his parkour skills in his house playing the game for the YouTube audience. He can have his sense of accomplishment; we get the laughs when he fails! (via Digg)

Astronomer Hotline



Okay, this is the kind of job you can get right out of college with an astronomy degree. Talk about paying your dues! I bet they have a list of the hundred or so most common explanations for lights in the sky, and have to run them down with every caller. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Chameleon



Laundry Day



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UFC Game Glitch Commentary



Tommy Toe Hold brings us a video in which two guys provide commentary on MMA video game glitches. Game glitches are always fun, how they break the laws of physics, but seeing two people fighting without even touching and limbs bending the wrong way is just glorious. (via The Chive)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, June 24, 2022

1940s Minivan



Cheeky



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Batter Up!



A garage in Marblehead, Massachusetts, has a shop dog, a blue heeler named Pepper. And what better way to fill time between vehicles than to play baseball with your dog? Pepper doesn't just play catch, though. She's in a league of her own, as a pro with a bat! You might wonder how on earth you train a dog to wield a bat and connect so well. Think about it... if you were a dog and figured out a way to play with both a stick and a ball at the same time, you wouldn't want to do anything else but practice! (via Laughing Squid)


Cats Are Jerks



No doubt about it! It's part of their charm. This comic is from Sarah Andersen.

Turtleneck



Spielberg's Least Favorite Scene in Jurassic Park



You have to admit it, this scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park stands out from the others. It doesn't make any sense, and even Steven Spielberg couldn't explain it in a manner we could all understand. The weirdest part is the music. Has it aged as well as it should? This is all the responsibility of YouTuber  There I Ruined It. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Norway May Have Had a Viking Society Thousands of Years Before the Vikings. Lots of archeological advances, including DNA, tell a different story than what was previously thought.

Consequences are Good, Actually. Making a perpetrator out to be a victim doesn't solve the problem. (via Digg)

Your Terrible Boss Is Also Ruining Your Personal Life.

The surprising benefits of fingers that wrinkle in water. (via Damn Interesting)  

Remember when Elvis Presley's white jumpsuits changed how men dressed forever? 

Threatening Goose
Turns Out to be Adoptive Father. (via Fark)

 Merrick Garland, A.G., and the Slippery Defendant. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Wildlife Vets Trek Through Mud and Mist to Care for Rwanda's Gorillas.

How to Beat the Cracker Barrel Peg Game.

Investigation



(via Fark)

What’s on Your Mind?



Have you ever looked at your friends’ Facebook posts and marveled at how their lives were so much more exciting, successful, and blissful than yours? That’s when you have to remind yourself that things on the internet aren’t always what they seem. You don’t know how many of those statuses are a case of looking on the bright side, or possibly downright fabrications. You may even feel tempted to fudge a bit on your own posts. Call it "virtual enhancement," if you will.

Shaun Higton’s short film What’s on Your Mind follows a guy who feels the need to present his life as somewhat more than it really is. That’s the way to become an internet star! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tweet of the Day

Boxing practice. (via Everlasting Blort)

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Laundry Problem



Alternate Video Shot for "Eat It"



In 1984, Weird Al Yankovic released "Eat It," a parody of Michael Jackson's mega-hit "Beat It." The official video for "Eat It" was a shot-for-shot remaking of Jackson's video, only funnier. But it wasn't the only version recorded. Recently, a friend of Yankovic's came across a "B-roll" as he was digitizing footage of the video shoot. He said:

Basically this is a take where the director just points the camera at the star of the video, who just does anything they feel like doing for the duration of the song.  It's insurance, in case for some reason the production runs out of time and doesn't get all the shots they were hoping to get. I'm pretty sure NOTHING from this take got used in the final video, but I still thought it was stupid/amusing enough to share.
Indeed it is. (via Digg)


Inflation



Even percentages are going up! (via Bored Panda)

Goat has Long Ears



Nubian goats are known for their long floppy ears, but this little Nubian goat was born in Pakistan with ears that are 19 inches long! The kid's owner, Muhammad Hassan Narejo, missed a golden opportunity when he named him Simba instead of Dumbo. We are hoping that he normally ties the ears back, because he looks dangerously close to stepping on them in this video. (via Boing Boing)


Eat Your Greens



If that's the best reason you can think of to eat this stuff, it's pretty lame. How about serving them raw with ranch dressing and tomatoes? Even as a child, I felt no need to experience unpleasant sensations just for the sake of experiencing unpleasantness. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Puns



Jovi Sings Bug



Trey Anastasio, guitarist, singer, and songwriter with Phish, performed a solo show in Grand rapids, Michigan, on Monday. In the audience was a little barefoot girl with a sign that said, "Can I sing Bug with you?" Anastasio called her up on stage and let her perform, and the crowd loved it. So will you. You don't have to be familiar with the song or even with Phish to enjoy the sweet interaction between Anastasio, 7-year-old Jovi, and the crowd. (via Metafilter)

Teri



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Nafurahi



Pharrell Williams made his song "Happy" freely available to use and encouraged people all over the world to make their own videos for the song. Hundreds of groups took him up on the offer, but most are lip-dubs or dancing to the original recording. This one is a full cover version in Swahili, liberally sprinkled with French, from the city of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The performers, from KivuYouth Entertainment, are awesome. While you listen, keep i mind that “Nafurahi” translates to “Happy.” (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

Loading a ferry isn't all that hard, see? (Thanks, WTM!)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Paints a Picture, Doesn't It?



The Blue Bird



Released in 1940, The Blue Bird was 20th Century Fox's attempt to cash in on the success of MGM's The Wizard of Oz's success the year before. Shirley Temple plays a brat who undergoes a transformation after a magical journey in her dreams. The production was notable because the 12-year-old Temple suffered an assassination attempt while doing publicity for The Blue Bird. The film was a box office flop but was nominated for two Academy Awards. People recall it as either beloved or bizarre, depending on whether they first saw the movie as a child or as an adult. (Thanks, WTM!)

The Cat Lady Aisle



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Can You Drive a Car While Facing Backward?



This seems like a really weird question, but Tom Scott had it in the back of his mind since childhood. The idea of driving while facing backwards was just a weird idea from an old TV show, but can it be done in real life? Sure, as anyone who ever used a backup camera in a modern car will tell you. But Tom does it the hard way, by having a sponsor build him a vehicle in which all driving would be done by watching a video camera instead of the road. What could possibly go wrong?  

Growth Spurt

Yep, you must have shrunk over the past year. This is kind of like my adult daughters finding that they have shrunk according to the doorpost where we marked their height growing up. It wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that the floor was rebuilt in the intervening years. Take my advice and record your kids' heights on something that is both portable and immutable, like a yardstick. Or for William Rocket, a "metre stick." This story is from Round Dog Comics.(via Geeks Are Sexy)

Warnings



Someone gave them a reason to put every one of these in. (Thanks, WTM!)

LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation Trailer



If you like your Star Wars with a bit of humor, get ready for the new LEGO Star Wars special. Finn, Rose, Ahsoka Tano, Darth Vader, Palpatine, and other Star Wars characters all end up at the same beach resort.

“LEGO® Star Wars Summer Vacation,” which is set shortly after the events of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” features the voices of “Weird Al” Yankovic, Yvette Nicole Brown, Kelly Marie Tran, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams, and returning cast members from previous “LEGO Star Wars” specials, and includes “Weird Al’s” new original song, Scarif Beach Party.
No, it doesn't make any sense. Half the characters are dead at the end of The Rise of Skywalker, but only some of them are ghosts in this special. But since when did Star Wars make sense, anyway? (via Boing Boing)



Miss Cellania's Links

Hong Kong's Jumbo Floating Restaurant No Longer Floats.

You Won't Believe What Happened to the Wedding Dress.

Surprise Surprise, a Medieval Feminist Movement Left Out of the History Books.

The Weirdo Reason Elvis Couldn't Tour Outside The U.S.

Australia’s Deadliest Animals. A catchy tune with some NSFW lyrics. (Thanks, Scott!)

The Mysterious Floating Coffin of Pinner. (via Nag on the Lake)

How to Make Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skulls.

The Last Old West Train Robbery. With a twist ending.

Katmai National Park's Fat Bear Cams are Back!


Bathroom



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кажется



It’s a Russian music video to a song by Ilya Lagutenko with animation by Mikhail Kalinin & Flakonkishochki. As far as I can tell. All I know is that once I started watching, I couldn’t stop until I made it through the train. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Family Fun



Why Are There No Big Dogs?



Why are there big cats, but no big dogs? While there are wild canines species left that differ from our human-bred domestic dogs, the biggest of them top out at about 175 pounds. Meanwhile, adult male tigers can easily weigh 600 pounds!


Swimming Pool

(via reddit)

Dog Loves Grandma

Have mercy on anyone who disrespects grandma. This golden retriever is super loyal, and he always takes her side. She doesn't even have to say a word! He will solve any dispute in grandma's favor, and don't even think about hogging her food- you could be banished from her presence for good, or at least until she finishes her pineapple. That's a good dog. (via Boing Boing)


Sentient Machine



Is this inspiring, enlightening, or is it just depressing to think that a microwave could ever be profound? Either way, it's a good way to look at life. This comic is from Martin Rosner. -via Geeks Are Sexy

Don't Tell Anyone



Google Street View



Google Street View vehicles have been traveling the world, taking pictures of everything, for 15 years now. Ethan Russell of Google Maps takes us through the app's history, from the initial idea to what it is today. The way they take pictures began with the now-familiar street view cars with huge mounted cameras and a backseat full of processors. But they've developed some neat cameras that weigh less and work better. As the technology evolved, Google Street view ventured into places where vehicles can't go, with cameras carried by pedestrians, snowmobiles, camels, and even sheep!

Street View explores new locations, and constantly goes back to popular places like big cities with its improved technology. But here in the hinterlands, I know I can always turn to Street View and see what my house and my entire small town looked like in 2008. (via Digg)


Cat Chess

(via Fark)

The Internet Arguer



Slackstory brings us a guy who likes to argue. There’s nothing wrong with a friendly argument in which people refrain from personal attacks or hitting below the belt, but there is a certain type of internet commenter who doesn’t really care if he wins, loses, or changes any minds. He just wants to argue. Still, the producers of this video managed to avoid the most irritating tropes in an unfruitful argument: “Educate yourself!” and “Wake up, sheeple!” and the endless name-calling (on other sites). Miss Cellania readers are much better than this. (Thanks, Nick )

Tweet of the Day

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Hacked



Bird Repeller

Yep, works just fine... (via reddit)

Barn Cats Hard at Work



Sunflower Farm Creamery in Maine keeps Nigerian dwarf goats for their milk and they make cheese, yoga, and candy to sell along with the everyday dairy products. Another of their products is a never-ending supply of cute goat videos. Along with goats, dogs, and other livestock, they have three cats on duty at the farm: Virginia, Roger, and Phil. These barn cats were recruited for pest control, but they serve in many other capacities. We have to tell you that, because when you watch them work, you barely see them move at all.


Identifying Humans



Octopuses are the closest thing we have to aliens. It only makes sense that they would communicate with extraterrestrials. Even so, appearances can be deceiving. This comic is is from Sarah Andersen's side project Cryptid Club. There's a book, too!

Shower



One More Try



We see skateboarders do amazing tricks and we are impressed with their talents. But it doesn't come easy. Every trick takes endless practice, and you have to be willing to fall a lot to achieve success. In other words, it's hard and dangerous work. Najeeb Tarazi made an experimental video to show how they practice to master a new trick, and the many falls they endure to get it right. (via Nag on the Lake)

Miss Cellania's Links

Juneteenth 2022: How Major Companies Are Trying to Profit Off the Holiday. 

How Stonehenge Captures the Solstices. (via Strange Company)

HBO is Planning a Sequel to Game of Thrones After All.

Chris Evans Interview Derailed by Puppies.

For the first time since the company was founded in 1969, Nerf toys has unveiled a mascot. I'll give you three seconds to guess its name. (via Boing Boing)

When Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was America's "Divorce Colony." And those trials were the biggest entertainment around.

The Prison Bra Rule. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Fairly Imprecise History of Watergate Salad.

Inside the making of the brilliant, moving first 10 minutes of Pixar’s Up.  (via Metafilter)


Uber



(via Fark)

Star Wars Gets The Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer Treatment



What makes the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer so appealing? Is it the quick out-of-sequence cuts that give no context, but make you want to see more? Is it the comedy plopped into the middle of the action? Is it the goofy selection of music? Maybe it’s all the above, instead of the movie itself, because YouTube member The Unusual Suspect recut scenes from the original Star Wars trilogy using the Guardians trailer style. The result makes me want to go back to 1977 all over again! (via Uproxx)

Tweet of the Day

It's an ad for underarm deodorant. (via Everlasting Blort

 

Well, it looks like the video was pulled. Here's another version. (Thanks, Anonymous!)


Sunday, June 19, 2022

Funny Smell



Sesame Street's "Lost" Episode



In 1976, Sesame Street aired episode 847 with Margaret Hamilton, in her classic persona as the Wicked Witch of the West. It only aired once, as the producers received many complaints from parents who said it was too scary for their children. The episode was pulled, and it was never included in reruns, syndication, or home video. Although never really "lost," as it was archived at the Library of Congress, most of us have never had the opportunity to see it. This video compiles all the Margaret Hamilton sequences. It was meant to help preschoolers overcome their fears. I guess it wasn't that successful in its aim. (via Fark)     


The First Cat Video

Étienne-Jules Marey took pictures of a cat in 1894 to show how they always land on their feet. It's a pretty cool story, which you can read at Neatorama

It's Time



Sweet old ladies are the exception to the rule that only the good die young. It might remind you of a classic Halloween one-panel from Jim Benton. This comic is from War and Peas. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Blanket



Another common scenario gets much funnier when illustrated by aliens who have no filter. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Dwarves



(Thanks, WTM!)

Don't Stop Me Now



Two toothbrushes, three credit card machines, two typewriters, and a telephone give their best version of Queen's song "Don't stop Me Now." They have a slight problem with the lyrics, but otherwise do a great job. This is the Device Orchestra, which you can see more of at Instagram. (via Laughing Squid)


So Scary!



(via Fark)

A Blogging Note

 Content has been thin the last couple of days, because I was completely offline. We had a short but severe summer storm that brought down a lot of neighborhood tree branches, and a few whole trees. I'm surprised we had power after that, but the cable was down for a day and a half. Since I pre-load a lot of the pictures here, you might not have even realized it. But I'm back and ready to post!

Without internet, I got an awful lot of other chores done, but also realized how dependent I am. My neighbor was gone during the storm, so I thought about contacting him but don't have his phone number. Oh, I'll contact his girlfriend on social media! Uh, no. I'd think of something productive I should do, and the first impulse was to look up how to do it. And at least once an hour, I wanted to check the weather forecast. 

I had to call one of my kids on her vacation trip to email Alex at Neatorama, because I couldn't find his phone number (I swear it's here somewhere). Then I realized that I have never actually talked to him by phone, much less met him, and I've been working for him for 16 years! 

Modern life is weird.

Tweet of the Day

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Father's Day Dinner



Aluminum Man



Justification



(via Fark)

Bell Telephone’s Picture Phone



I well remember the marketing for Bell’s Picture Phone. It was a remarkable piece of technology, to talk to someone and see them as if they were in the room! Except that they were in black and white, and on a five-inch screen. But to actually have such a conversation, both parties had to pay for the service, which was so expensive that one of you could just get on a plane every once in a while and visit. We were told that someday this would be universal, but who wants to answer the phone and have just any old person see what you look like first thing in the morning? We made jokes about having to comb our hair before we answered the phone …there was no caller ID widely available, so you did not know who was calling. The Picture Phone was not a success, to the surprise of no one at all. Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, tells us the story of the Picture Phone. (via mental_floss)


Tweet of the Day

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Gifts for Dad



Kenneth



Miss Cellania's Links

What if there had been no adults in the room on January 6?

How to Laugh Online in 26 Languages. (via Boing Boing

The Little Frogs That Can't Even Jump Right. You can't help but laugh at their efforts.

The Last Class, 28 Years Later. What happened to the last of the Pell Grant-funded prison higher ed graduates and their paralegal skills? (via Damn Interesting)

St. Bernard Goes Shopping, Refuses to Leave.

How Fathers Day Came About. It's this Sunday.  (Thanks, WTM!)

What Lightyear is Really About. An interview with director Angus MacLane and producer Galyn Susman.

The Downsides to Living in a Shipping Container.

Origin of the Black Death Plague Traced to Kyrgyzstan. (via Real Clear Science

10 European Midsummer Celebrations

Treehouse Hotels and Rentals For Your Vacation. 

White Parents Rallied to Chase a Black Educator Out of Town. Then, They Followed Her to the Next One. (via Digg)





Cat Training



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Pallas’ Cat Finds a Camera



You know how when a cat sees a camera, it tends to be curious, and before you know it, it’s all up in your face? It’s the same way with wild cats, too, and it can be creepy. This is a Pallas’s Cat, or Manul, which is doubly creepy as they have distinctively round pupils, and are quite fierce for a small cat. Their cubs are adorable, though. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Snack



Red Shirts



The original Star Trek had a small budget, and therefore a rather small cast of characters. There were the officers of the bridge: Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekhov, plus engineer Scott and nurse Chapel. Then there was a never-ending supply of red shirts, security folks who only appeared in one episode because they were always killed off. It was a simple way to show that the crew was in danger without harming the core cast. In California, there are old men all over who can put Star Trek on their resume for that one appearance and death scene. They should form a club. John DiMarco's latest supercut looks at the fate of the original series' red shirts. (via Laughing Squid)

Add Your Dot

Redditor SipTime is staying at a hostel, presumably in Japan. They keep track of how many people visit from different countries with this graph, in which you can clearly see the differences in cultures. That’s assuming that visitors put their own dots on the graph, but I can’t figure out how it happened any other way. See it full-size here.

Watching the Window Washers



Ten-month old Nagi and his cat Guinness live in a high-rise apartment in London. The view out the window is great, but rarely does anyone come up close. So it was quite an adventure when the window washers came by and interacted with the curious kid and cat. Guinness did his best to catch the squeegee, and Nagi thought that was hilarious. The window washers had a good time, too. You can see another, longer video of this event (with a second cat) at Laughing Squid.

Making Milk



Recreating the Battle of Endor



This is the kind of thing you'd find on the 'net before YouTube came along. Just a group of friend recreating a Star Wars scene using toy guns and homemade props. Delightful! What stands out with this one is the goofy AT-ST walker they managed to pull off so well. They even showed it with stormtroopers for scale! 

Leisure



(via Fark)

Leon Discovers His Eyebrows



Little Leon looks to be between one and two years old, and has just figured out how to make his eyebrows move as the whole family watches in the mirror. This is one of the great joys of parenthood -watching a kid discover something new and wonderful, and trying out his talents, no matter how elementary they may be. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Tweet of the Day

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Snail



The Mouse That Roared



One of my favorite movies when I was a kid. Peter Sellers played three roles in the 1959 film The Mouse That Roared. In this story, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick hatches a plot to declare war on the United States, lose, and then reap the benefits of the US rebuilding efforts, like Germany and Japan after World War II. However, Grand Fenwick manages to win the war, which spells economic disaster.  


Fasion Faux Pas



(via Fark)