Sunday, July 31, 2022
Can you mix modern hip-hop music with ballroom dancing? A video of Sara Grdan and Ivan Terrazas has gone viral because they do just that. Watch them dance a sultry tango to Eminem's song "Lose Yourself." It's more than just finding a beat; they incorporate modern dance elements seamlessly into the choreography. I can imagine trying this and getting my feet hopelessly tangled, while they make those intricate moves look simple yet beautiful. (via Digg)
If you hang around the ports of Oslo, Norway, this summer, you might encounter a large, destructive walrus lounging on a boat as she would an ice floe. This is Freya, and she's become a star in Norway. Everyone loves Freya, except owners of small boats that can't handle her weight, estimated to be up to 1500 pounds. Freya is 1,200 miles south of the nearest walrus herds this time of year, and wildlife officials don't know why she is so far away from her normal hunting grounds. People are coming from all over to see her, but are warned to keep their distance. While Freya may be a gentle soul, she is dangerous to people as well as boats because of her weight. (via Metafilter)
We've come to expect the most ridiculous Rube Goldberg contraptions from Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines, but this one takes the cake. In many of the stunts, nothing happens that would advance the sequence the first time around, but maybe the second or third time around. In some places, you are sure you knoew what's going to happen, but you are wrong. And then you find yourself becoming more invested in one little piece instead of the overall process, like wondering when that wine glass is going to break, or worrying about the welfare of that mouse. Joseph gets his wine in about four minutes, after wrecking the entire table. The rest is Patreon credits. (via reddit)
Zoos find themselves in the strange position of buying animals for other animals. In this case, the Philadelphia Zoo got a shipment of live crickets for the Black-footed Cat kittens to play with. They’ve grown a lot since we last saw them, and now are almost as big as their mother! Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are three months old now.
It seems weird to call them Black-footed Cat kittens, instead of just Black-footed kittens. But “Black-footed Cat” is the species. It’s like saying “Sand Cat cubs” instead of just Sand cubs. But wait- at what point do you classifying wild cats as cubs instead of kittens? Black-footed cats are smaller than domestic cats, but they are still wildcats! And Sand Cats are almost as small. (via Uproxx)
Saturday, July 30, 2022
The latest installment in Cracked's Honest Ad series is about buying your own home. This video mocks every part of a home buying experience, from real estate agents who don't know what they are doing to the TV shows that make it look easy. But what Roger is really carping about in this video is the system that prevents people from being able to buy homes they can afford.
We must be careful about assigning human motives to animals, especially fish. However, whale sharks are known to interact with humans occasionally, and this fellow had a good reason to approach a fishing boat. The shark had a rope wrapped around its midsection. The fishermen drew the shark close enough to saw the rope loose, and lovingly told the whale shark to take off. The whale shark even seems to wave to them as it realizes the rope is gone. (via reddit)
Friday, July 29, 2022
Norwegian dance crew The Quick Style show off their stuff. Not only do they have skillful and varied moves and choreography, they illustrate the joy of movement wonderfully. In other words, this video is fun! (via Metafilter)
While it appears that Oscar is dead to the world, there's a part of his brain that is still working, filtering the sounds around him into important sounds and unimportant sounds. Paul Klusman titled this video Cat Audio Filtration Technology, as you would expect an engineer to do. (via Laughing Squid)
This slide with a ball bearing is an optical illusion, and no, t's not just filmed sideways. Struck Duck, who made this illusion, has an Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/StruckDuck where you can buy this and other illusions. Or if you have a 3D printer, you can buy the STL files and make your own. (via Digg)
Yes, There’s A Reason Why You Cry On Your Birthday Every Year. It doesn't have to be this way. (via Digg)
Seeing double: Near-identical films that came out at the same time. (via Metafilter)
A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at January 6. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
Painless Parker, the Showman Dentist.
Turning Dead Spiders into Grabbing Tools.
How Lactose-Tolerance Evolved So Quickly. It's not necessary for human survival, but it happened to Europeans.
Applying Gypsum Wallboard in the 1950s.
Modern Surgery is Nothing Short of a Miracle. A lot of patients died to get us where we are today. (via Damn Interesting)
While the price of fresh fruits and vegetables goes up, vendors regularly toss out tons of produce because it’s not pretty. Perfectly good food in irregular shapes, sizes, and colors, is too often just wasted. French grocery chain Intermarché began a program of buying those “unacceptable” fruits and vegetables and selling them to the public -for 30% below regular prices! They call these products “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables.” Shoppers get a bargain, and much less of their crops are wasted. I would love to buy ugly but fresh fruit at a 30% discount, instead of the way I do it now: saving 30% because the pretty fruit is overripe and about to rot. (via Viral Viral Videos)
Wait for it.. 😊 pic.twitter.com/EYBC0RwMB3— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) July 24, 2022
An unexpected but lovely outcome. My mother divided things between my brother and me by one of us cutting it and the other selecting his share. That's supposed to encourage equal division, but I always let my brother do the cutting because he was younger and not that good at equal division. Things change when you have kids.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
We think that nothing happens after a mass shooting. New federal gun safety laws are proposed, but don't pass, and then are forgotten until the next time. But when you look at the state level, things are happening, and those thing are sometimes frightening. (via Digg)
A cat with a camera goes about his day wandering the countryside doing important cat things. This one has a lot of friends, as he encounters all kinds of cats along the way. They greet each other, chat a little, and go on their way. Experts tell us that cats don't meow around other cats, only around people, but these cats are quite vocal with each other. Maybe they picked that up from living with people, I don't know. Our POV cat gets excited when seeing a bird, a hole someone else has dug, and places to jump into. All in all, we can assume he had a good day. (via reddit)
Haley Herrington of Calgary, Alberta, is a set painter for TV and movie productions. She came across an unopened 1981 dollhouse kit. Instead of recreating the house as it was pictured on the box, Herrington made it into a ...slum of sorts. She calls it a "punk rock flophouse," but a better description would be a drug den. She entered the house into the crafts competition at the Calgary Stampede, where she won two first place ribbons! The judges were impressed with the unique idea, and by the incredible realistic details in the tiny rooms, no matter how disgusting they were. (via Boing Boing)
This is why we don’t have a
bubbler water cooler in our house. The towel on the floor is a clue that these folks have just figured out where all that spillage is coming from. Peaches the cat has figured out how to entertain herself by making her own waterfall! (via Neatorama)
Since I first posted this, we have acquired a cat fountain, though. It's not a mess at all.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Almost every town has a festival, and its theme is important to drawing tourists. Who wouldn't want to attend a dragon-slaying festival? It happens every August in the town of Furth im Wald, Germany, for more than 400 years now. They re-enact a classical dragon tale, with a huge dragon, once operated by people, then mechanical. Now they have an 11-tonne remote-control robot dragon! The dragon is named Tradinno, and for a while it held the record for the world's largest robot. Tom Scott gets a look at the dragon ahead of the festival.
We are impressed when a dog learns a complicated sequence of tricks for an agility competition or freestyle dancing. But Coco is a guinea pig that will give them a run for the money! The above video shows off many of the tricks Coco has learned to do for his owner, Gwen Ford. And now Coco is a Guinness World Record holder! The Abyssinian guinea pig from North Carolina broke the record for the most tricks performed by a guinea pig in a minute, at 16 tricks. Since Coco knows about 70 tricks, he and Ford worked out a couple of dozen that could be done quickly in sequence for the world record stunt. (via Boing Boing)
If you were to guess the deadliest virus on earth, the odds are good that you'd guess rabies. The only reason you wouldn't is because you don't think of rabies as something that would affect you or someone you love. We've done a pretty good job in isolating people from the Rabies lyssa virus, by living in houses, having our animals vaccinated, and using vaccine treatment immediately upon being bitten by an animal. Gothgrrl, who is a veterinary student, has been vaccinated, thank God. But lyssa is still a deadly virus because it works its way around your immune system. If it gets to the brain without treatment, you're a goner. And it's a horrible way to die. Kurzgesagt explains how lyssa works inside one's body, whether that body belongs to a wild animal or a person. This video is only nine minutes long; the rest is an ad.
The First Exercise Machines. They were built on solid principles that gyms still use today.
50 pictures that are accidental photographic illusions. Make that 49 accidental illusions and one at the very bottom that is a real deliberate illusion.
Monarch Butterflies are Now on the Endangered List.
Fossil of ‘earliest animal predator’ is named after David Attenborough. (via Damn Interesting)
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Legendary songwriter and performer Joni Mitchell made her first concert appearance in 20 years at the Newport Folk Festival this past weekend. She joined Brandi Carlisle and friends for a full set of songs that you'll find linked at Metafilter.
In his latest video, Laurence Brown contrasts how Brits and Yanks do social occasions. The subject came up after the viral discovery that families in Sweden don't find it necessary to include guests in their meals. Brown says that varies from home to home in Britain. The joke used to be that if someone offers to serve British food to you, you should run away. But since Brown has moved to the US, the British national cuisine has shifted to takeout curry, so the old jokes about awful English food have faded away. Still, he has a lot of wry observances about how Americans and the British differ in the way we socialize around food and drink.
Baseball players push the envelope when they can, but that will eventually lead to new rules. Observe Japanese high school batter Ko Yamaguchi playing in their national tournament. He makes no effort to swing, but instead does everything possible to draw a pitching violation. He crouches to shrink the strike zone, he wobbles back and forth, and he changes hands for each pitch. Yamaguchi eventually gets on base by being hit by pitch, which we suspect was his goal all along. Sportswriter Larry Brown dubbed Yamaguchi "the most annoying batter of all time." (via Boing Boing)
He shows us how simple it is, then proceeds to do something incredibly complicated with it. (via Everlasting Blort)
Ghanaian musician Moussa Diarra demonstrating how to play the kush-kosh. pic.twitter.com/v4dXqy10Qk— Dust-to-Digital (@dusttodigital) July 19, 2022
Monday, July 25, 2022
Bea was pretty much raised in a veterinary hospital after she was brought in as a stray kitten. She just liked it there so much, they let her stay! Bea and her assistant Peggy now run the place (in their minds) as they greet every new patient. Cats, dogs, pigs, goats, chickens, it doesn't matter, they get the welcome treatment from Bea. (via Fark)
Mary Edwards Walker and the Queer Suffragists Who Changed History.
The Video Game Stray is a Hit with Cats! Reports are coming in from all over of cats who follow the stray on the screen, even to the point of imitating its actions.
Veltini: The Velveeta Martini.
The Mystery of Bessie Little's Death. The trial hinged on the question of whether someone could shoot themselves in the head twice. (via Strange Company)
Penguins May Find It Genetically Difficult to Survive Climate Change. (via Damn Interesting)
For The Love Of God, Do Not Make Your Wedding Guests Use Puppets For The Entire Event. We may have reached peak wedding nonsense.
MCU Phase Five Releases Announced. And Phase Six!
These 28 Modern Wash Basins are Works of Art. You have to wonder how hard they are to clean.
You have to admit that some Disney Princesses are more badass than others. Which ones are well illustrated in this sequence from Robot Chicken (sure, you could easily guess which princesses would hold a gun backward). Honestly, who in their right mind would think you could possibly put this many young ladies of royalty in one room and not expect it to get extremely catty in no time? It’s a good thing this was written before Frozen, because a war like this would be over in a second if one of the participants actually had superpowers! (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Sunday, July 24, 2022
Goodnight Moon is a bestselling children's book that is supposed to be soothing for young children, but some parents found it creepy. The book was written in 1947, but somehow I never heard of it until about ten years ago, when my kids were already teenagers. I suppose my parents found it too simplistic. They only bought me books they liked, which meant all of Dr. Seuss.
Joris Bax used the text-to-image artificial intelligence program Midjourney to generate illustrations for the book. The collection was so creepy he had to use a voice changer and a creepy soundtrack behind them. The result is a real nightmare that no child should have to endure. (via reddit)
"Splooting" is a legitimate term for animal behavior. It means the act of lying belly-down and stretching out the limbs. Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other animals sploot for a nice stretch or to cool themselves off against the cooler floor or ground. So many squirrels in Texas have started splooting that people are noticing it. These squirrels aren't necessarily dead, or even near death. It's just a technique for cooling their midsection. In other news, it's hot enough out there for people to be surprised at how animals deal with it. (via Fark)
The first teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was revealed at Comic Con yesterday. It is quite epic. Every frame looks like a work of art. Wakanda is beautiful. Everyone is in mourning for T'Challa. Queen Ramonda is stretched to her limit. A baby is born. A war is on. Someone wears the Black Panther suit. Watch it in full screen mode.
Director Ryan Coogler credited the late Chadwick Boseman for the love and effort the cast and crew put into this sequel. “I promise you, I feel his hand on me right now,” he said. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever opens in theaters November 11.
All my cats and dogs over time have loved babies, whether they were human infants, puppies, or kittens. They are not so happy about new adults of any species. (Thanks, WTM!)
Kitty loves baby so much..🐈🐾👶😘😍 pic.twitter.com/1Izp97frlr— 𝕐o̴g̴ (@Yoda4ever) June 6, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022
Ryan George acts out what it's like getting food delivered through an app like Grubhub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats. He may be exaggerating just a little. Yeah, it's a bit pricey, I've heard. But these services also offer work for delivery people. No vetting, no contract, no training, and local shifts are snapped up immediately (it's gig work, after all), so a friend of mine drove to the next town for a shift just to try it out. Made $3 in pay that night, plus a $5 tip, which barely covered his gas. So where do all those fees go? You guessed it- investors. But only after the startup folks get their salaries. (via Digg)
Friday, July 22, 2022
This comedy collaboration between Droodle and Joel Haver brings up some questions about our modern conception of ghosts. The original idea of ghosts is that of disembodied souls who wander the earth due to unfinished business. As such, they can be pretty scary. But they have no corporeal form. They can't lift a finger to actually do anything to us, so why are we scared of them? Yeah, yeah, I know- a ghost's abilities are defined by the needs of a ghost story's plot. In this video, we have an everyday conversation about the ghost's abilities that seem to be suspiciously convenient as far as cleaning goes. (via Geeks are Sexy)
What’s the Biggest Bird in the World?
Maulings, Scaldings, and Murder in Yellowstone National Park. (Thanks, Anonymnous!)
Some tense moments, and a happy ending.
When Authorities Dunked Outspoken Women in Water.
The Tour de Turtles Marathon. And the juvenile who overcame multiple tumors to compete. (via Fark)
Here’s Why So Many Republicans Just Backed Marriage Equality.
The Extreme Sport of Mensur. Technically, you can't call Mensur a sport, because there's no way to win, even though it is an offshoot of sword fighting or fencing.
A Souvenir of Florida.
Ray Harryhausen didn't invent stop-motion animation, but he advanced the technique so much that his name has become forever intertwined with the art of stop-motion. Harryhausen pioneered techniques for mixing stop-motion skeletons, dinosaurs, and monsters with live-action actors. It was not any easy thing to accomplish without computers. Harryhausen had to line up all his shots by hand and time then frame-by-frame to get what he wanted. The finished product was a mind-blowing and surreal experience for the audience. (via Laughing Squid)
Thursday, July 21, 2022
The trailer for the new Dungeons & Dragons movie dropped today at San Diego Comic Con. Yeah, there was a trilogy of D&D movies a few years back, but they were so bad that the third one never made it to theaters. But now a new film is taking on the tabletop role-playing game, serving as a reboot to the franchise. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves has a star-studded cast, plus you'll see all kinds of D&D touchstones for those in the know. Reaction among gamers around the internet is cautious, however. It's hard to tell the quality of a story from a two-minute trailer, and they've been burned before. (via Metafilter)
Piyo has lots of frogs, but Ruri Green Frog loves Piyo very much, to the point of wanting to eat her up. When Piyo tries to take a video of another frog, Ruri is so jealous that she/he videobombs the project in a most spectacular way. Ruri makes his/her feelings very clear! It's really cute. (via Metafilter)
Antiquities Theft Task Force. The best interview I've read this year. (via Metafilter)
The 50 Greatest Fictional Deaths Ever. (via Fark, where you'll find plenty of other contenders)
The Hotel-Spirit. Bringing back a grand American institution could transform society. (via Digg)
Lucky Ducky solves inflation. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
How Aerosmith and Run DMC's "Walk This Way" Forever Altered the Landscape of American Music.
An Old TV Cabinet Makes a Delightful Cat Bed.
Norway's 2019 Death Diving Championship. Contains NSFW language, diving. (via Digg)
Arizona communities would 'collapse' without cheap prison labor, corrections director says. (via TYWKIWDBI)
Five Scenes We Are Glad Were Cut from Classic Movies.