Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Today I found out that I'm not the only person who has a big orange cat named Apollo. This Apollo is in pretty good shape- he can jump over six feet high! Apollo can be pretty demanding, especially when it comes to food. He seems determined to grab every bit of pleasure out of life. You have to respect that. Apollo's human is a veterinarian, so we know he's getting good care, and is very much loved and appreciated for who he is. You can see more of Apollo's feats of disrespecting gravity at Instagram.
As a counterpart to the supercut of Kids Dancing to Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off,” Robert Jones has compiled a video of older people dancing, this time to “Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake & Lil Jon. Some are classic clips you’ve seen before, while others are just found footage that works. If you want to see more, there’s a list of all the source videos at the YouTube page. (Thanks, Robert!)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Rae is a playful, affectionate golden retriever who looks like a unicorn because she has one ear, and it's on the top of her head! This was the result of a horrific injury when she was a puppy. It's a wonder that the rest of her face looks as normal as it does, which is a tribute to the veterinarians who treated her. It was also at that veterinary clinic that Rae found her human mom, who really needed a friend. And to answer your question, yes, Rae can hear just fine.
The Bay of Fundy in Canada is famous as the place with the highest tides on earth. The way water moves around against various earth features is crazy. Rivers actually change direction twice a day! This powerful water movement would seem to be ripe for generating electricity. So why don't they do that? Tom Scott went there and almost froze to explain it to us. We also get to see his bathroom.
How the Budweiser Clydesdales Became a Commercial Success.
The Far Side's 'Talking Dogs' Comic Is Scientifically Accurate.
50 Stupid Signs That Hilariously Fail To Get The Point Across.
Beekeeping Hasn’t Changed in Nearly 200 Years. But that one breakthrough in 1851 made eating honey every day possible.
Marie Lafarge: The Arsenic Poisoner. How much evidence do you need?
22 Shocking TV Storylines That Almost Happened.
Oxford scientists crack case of why ketchup splatters from near-empty bottle. (via Damn Interesting)
Good Dog Helps Mom with Laundry.
Queso is a pit bull with some issues. He suffers from phobias. According to his owner, he is afraid of “the kitchen floor, the printer, and doorways” among other things. Oh, he can face his fears; he just can’t face them head first. Speculation is that he ran into a glass door a few too many times in the past. Queso has figured out a workaround for getting through doorways, as you’ll see in this video. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Monday, November 28, 2022
This video is a nostalgic treat. I was watching and thought, "Wait, did I really spend ten years of my life just being entertained?" Then I remembered that I worked in entertainment. Besides, some of these movies I only saw much later thanks to Blockbuster video stores. (via reddit)
Bunny and Otter were both born with physical abnormalities affecting their front limbs. Otter also had a hole in his skull, through which his brain bulged out. Abandoned by their mother, they were found and taken to Baby Kitten Rescue, which specializes in kittens who need extra attention. With lots of love and medical attention, they are both thriving.
Otter came through his brain surgery just fine, and is recovering in his foster home. He will be able to give up the helmet as soon as his stitches come out. (via Laughing Squid)
The giant fiberglass statues of midcentury American advertising are becoming more and more rare, so it's a treat any time you see one these days. American Giants is a company that finds and restores these iconic statues, but it's not easy. Watch how they take an abandoned, weather-beaten Paul Bunyan statue in two pieces and do a complete refurbishing. They gave him new feet, stronger bones, and a face that could light up a room! The result is stronger and shinier than the original statue, but still very much recognizable as an original Paul Bunyan. While the process is impressive, the before-and-after pictures at the end are amazing. (via Nag on the Lake)
People Are Sharing Their Childhood Memories Of Realizing They Were Poor.
The high stakes and unique weirdness of the Georgia Senate runoff, briefly explained.
God Bless Scrooge Parodies, Every Last One.
32 People Who Had A Worse Thanksgiving Day Than You.
Kushim the Sumerian and the first Accounting Mistake in History. (via Strange Company)
You knew it was coming sooner or later: a mashup of Breaking Bad and Frozen. This animated parody from animeme revisits Walter and Jesse in their later days, to the tune of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” The lyrics are at the YouTube page. But the question remains: does Jesse want to build a meth lab?
This collection of slow motion videos of objects falling in water and cornflour result in spectacular fluid motion effects, with highly unexpected but extremely satisfying geometries and shapes— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 27, 2022
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Mehdi Sadaghdar of ElectroBOOM made an electrical device he calls the Photo-BOOM Electro-Pranker 3000. The purpose is to startle passers-by with sound, flashing lights, and explosions. He gets deep into the details of the electrical principles involved in this genius contraption. But that's not what we are here to see. If you've seen any previous ElectroBOOM video, you can probably guess that he ends up pranking himself more than anyone else. The last minute of this video is an ad. (via reddit)
Baby carrots are a delightful snack: ready anytime, crunchy without being dry, and good for you. But did you know they were born out of a desire to reduce food waste? That almost makes up for the extra expense of having someone else cut and peel them for you!
The animated short My Cat Lucy walks the line between adorable and terrifying. How do you do that? Simply make it about a cat. Black cats can be sweet as sugar, but they have the reputation of demons from the depths of hell. Lucy is just a cute black kitten, but like anyone she can only take so much. This film is from Kate Vaillant of the Ringling College of Art and Design Class of 2022.
Joe Kramer’s short film Running the Gammatar is a lovely story about a young couple trying to negotiate a relationship while their city is being terrorized by a giant fire-breathing monster. It’s like rom-com meets Japanese monster movie, except this monster is uglier than any version of Godzilla, and his name is Gammatar. (via the Presurfer)
Saturday, November 26, 2022
In 1994, the movie The Mask proved that you can make live-action cartoons. It showcased the creative use of CGI, but it was Jim Carrey's physical humor that made it work better than others that tried the same technique later (like Cat in the Hat). The Mask cost $23 million to make and grossed $351 million. It made Cameron Diaz a star and made Jim Carrey a legend.
Flossie has already outlived two owners, but she keeps on keepin' on. Flossie was born into a colony of feral cats in 1995 and was adopted by a worker at a nearby hospital. Decades years later, the man that inherited her could no longer care for an elderly cat, and she was surrendered to the Cats Protection shelter in Kent, UK. Vicki Green of London took on the challenge of caring for Flossie, who is now deaf and has failing eyesight.
But now Flossie is a celebrity. At the age of 26 years and 316 days, she achieved the Guinness World Record for the oldest living cat! Green said the world record is nice, but it won't change anything for her or Flossie, who despite her age is affectionate, playful, and has a good appetite. (via Strange Company)
We know how much fun it is to topple a row of dominoes. What's not so fun is picking them up again, or even worse, aligning them upright again. Could someone design a machine that does that? That would be pretty complicated, because dominoes may fall in exact lines, but they end of on the floor in a jumbled mess. Grant Davis not only made a machine that can reset dominoes even when they misalign, he made it entirely out of LEGO parts! More than 4,000 LEGO pieces, which took him between 300 and 400 hours to conceive, design, and build. It picks up dominoes, stacks them in alignment, and topples them, too. (via Gizmodo)
This is what happens when you take your eyes off a five-year-old for five minutes. Billie Jo Decker found that her daughter Breanna had let her pet calf into the house. The calf seems to enjoy the adventure. Decker didn’t lose her cool, and in fact was pretty amused by the situation. She just grabbed a camera and recorded Breanna’s attempts at explanation. And it eventually leads to an adorable moment of affection between Breanna and her beloved calf. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)
You know the song, I know the song, even little schoolchildren know the song. But pretend for a moment that you've never heard it before, but you can read musical notation. How would you sing this song? If you don't read music, there are plenty of people who do. The Twitter thread has at least a dozen singers trying to follow the notation, which makes the song a pain to hear. (via Metafilter)
This is your formal invitation to comment with a video of you singing the first two lines *as written,* good luck! pic.twitter.com/egWpIZyT4b— Threatening Music Notation (@ThreatNotation) November 21, 2022
Friday, November 25, 2022
Hey, have you ever wondered how Santa Claus travels all over the world in one night? Maybe it's his ridiculously powered triple valveless pulsejet engine throwing off heat as it zips across a field of snow. You could even say it glows! Crazy Rocketman Robert Maddox outfitted his souped-up go-kart with ski runners and twinkling Christmas lights, and himself with a Santa Claus suit (the beard is natural) to open up the Christmas season in style! He says it about 12 degrees where he is, so it's a good thing that engine is hot enough to warm his hand after his ride. (via reddit)
This delivery driver was told to leave a package in the garage. But there was a chicken named Fancy in the garage, recovering from an injury. Fancy wanted to go outside, and the driver needed to take a picture of his delivery. That leads to an amusing scene in which the driver puts the chicken back in, and she follows him straight back out before he can snap his picture and get the garage door shut. The whole thing was caught on Cyndi and Robert's Ring camera. (via Boing Boing)
A supernova is when a star explodes. If our sun were to go supernova, we wouldn't know what hit us. That's not going to happen in your lifetime. But what about a star outside our solar system? It's been happening since the early days of the universe, but supernova explosions are usually too far away to affect earth much, although they can leave evidence we find millions of years later. Kurzgesagt gives us various scenarios for supernovas at difference distances from Earth, and what might happen. If they were closer, the process of a star dying is pretty complicated for relatively nearby planets. There is a distance that's a "sweet spot" that will rain destruction on Earth over the course of centuries, leading to a future dystopia. Closer than that, well, that's it. The last two minutes of this video is an ad.
How physics can improve the urinal. (via Damn Interesting)
This House is Eight Feet Wide, but Feels Much Bigger.
The 15 Most Extreme Celebrity Pets.
Giant Goldfish Weighing 67 Lbs. Caught by Fisherman. (Thanks WTM!)
From balancing a checkbook to finding dates in person, should Gen Z and millennials learn these vintage skills and preserve boomer wisdom? My Gen Z kids know all these things. (via Fark)
The story of the purple tomato — and why its success is a win for GM foods. (via Real Clear Science)
Charles Domery, The Glutton. His story might make you feel better about overdoing it on Thanksgiving.
The 100 Greatest TV Theme Songs of All Time. You can skip directly to the top ten here. (via reddit)
If they made a movie about Black Friday shopping, of course it would be a horror film. By this point, I’m starting to believe that Black Friday sales are a tradition people only participate in to create news stories and viral videos. Why would anyone want to do this? My Christmas shopping philosophy has evolved over the years -I never buy any Christmas gift because it’s on sale anymore. I’d personally rather buy something that the receiver needs or wants. That’s completely opposite my philosophy for buying groceries. This movie parody trailer is from Nacho Punch. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Thursday, November 24, 2022
How to make The Star Wars Holiday Special watchable? Cut it down to ten minutes of highlights and add snarky commentary. Rifftrax, the direct descendant of MST3K, gives us a gift for the holiday season. In case you want to suffer through the entire two hours of The Star Wars Holiday Special, you can watch Rifftrax's full version.
Are you ready for a nap with some fluffy friends? All God's creatures need to rest sooner or later, and when you put them together in a compilation, that need becomes contagious. First, it's a sloth, then a bear, then kitty cats and birds and gorillas and hippos and snakes. Before you know it, you'll be yawning, too. (via Fark)
Celebrating the United States of Stuffing. The article contains links to many different stuffing recipes.
The WKRP Great Turkey Drop.
You Do Not Need to Make a Pumpkin Pie From Scratch. Ever. But if you do, save me a piece, because we are having pumpkin cake this year.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Screen Junkies has been going back in time and picking up some movies that everyone knows, and were released before they started doing their Honest Trailer series. Today they are giving us the lowdown on Disney's 1995 animated feature Pocahontas. Yeah, that was ten years before YouTube! In this movie, Disney reached back into history to find an American princess, and had to alter the real story beyond recognition to make it happen. Somehow I didn't pay enough attention the first time around to notice it was a retread of The Little Mermaid. The real treat here is the song parody of "Colors of the Wind."
The German shepherd says, “I believe in discipline training, and loyalty to my master.”
“Good,” says God. “Then sit down on My right side. Doberman, what do you believe in?”
The Doberman answers, “I believe in the love, care, and protection of my master.”
“Ah, yes,” said God. “You may sit to My left.”
Then He looks at the cat and asks, “And what do you believe in?”
The cat answers, “I believe you are sitting in my seat.”
Why would anyone need a 65-foot tall diving platform? The Montreal Olympic Sports Centre has a 20-meter diving board, to go along with their many other specialized swimming and diving facilities. It was cliff diver Lysanne Richard who talked them into adding the super-high platform. After all, they had room for it, and it's indoors where she can practice out of the cold. Tom Scott climbs up to the platform, but it's Richard who takes the plunge -after she sends her shoes down by zipline.
Snooperking saw the teaser trailer for the Star Wars film The Force Awakens and set to work making a LEGO version. It took about twelve hours of work, but he got it uploaded less than a day after the teaser trailer was released in 2014, just in time to join the family for a holiday weekend visit. (via Tastefully Offensive)
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The curious story of the public drivers from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, who were put on bicycle to know how bad it is to pass by scraping cyclists— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) November 14, 2022
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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
The Temptations were the first to record the song "(I Know) I'm Losing You" in 1967. The song was also a hit for Rare Earth in 1970 and Rod Stewart in 1971. I'm fairly sure this clip is from The Ed Sullivan Show.
Don't even think about keeping a jaguar as a pet. It's a bad idea for everyone involved. In this story, someone bought a jaguar cub to keep as a pet. But then Khali grew, and the owner couldn't handle her anymore. A female jaguar can grow to six feet long and more than 200 pounds. She was then kept in a warehouse, where she was confused and terrified. That's when ONCA, a wildlife rehabilitation and advocacy organization, was called in. They took Khali to their facilities in the Bolivian Amazon.
The problem Khali presented was that she was no longer young enough to be adopted by a foster jaguar mother, but she wasn't at all familiar with the rain forest, so she couldn't be released -yet. ONCA volunteers took care of her in stages, from helping her to calm down to giving her gentle jungle experiences to taking her out in the forest to live in her own enclosure. That enclosure was enlarged to get her used to her new habitat. We hope that she'll eventually be able to strike out on her own in the rain forest where she belongs.
So, the new monk goes to the head monk to ask him about this. He points out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error would be continued in all of the other copies. The head monk says, “We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son.”
So, he goes down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original. Hours later, nobody has seen him. So, one of the monks goes downstairs to look for him. He hears sobbing coming from the back of the cellar and finds the old monk leaning over one of the original books crying. He asks what’s wrong.
“You idiots,” he says, with anger and sadness in his eyes, “the word was celebrate!”
Disney's newest Star Wars series is Andor, the story of Cassian Andor who we met in the movie Rogue One. But what if it were an action series from the 1970s, in the vein of Hawaii 5-O or Space 1999? Auralnauts makes it happen, as they place the TV show in the time period where the prequel really fits- 1975, a couple of years before the first Star Wars movie. After all, Andor is a prequel to a prequel. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Forgotten Ring Turns Out to Be a Valuable Piece of History. (via Strange Company)
Police Dog Finds Lost Hunter Who had Fallen in River. (via Fark)
Carrying out executions took a secret toll on workers — then changed their politics. (via Nag on the Lake)
The Top 25 Most Wanted Lost Species.
This is why your taxes are going up.
The myth of the evil stepmother. (via Digg)
Inside Trevor Noah’s Bombshell Decision to Leave The Daily Show.
Saving a dog in a terrifying position. (via Infidel753)
Will we ever be able to let go of Breaking Bad? Maybe not, when fans keep giving us treats like this supercut from Matthijs Vlot. Vlot made a rap song out of clips from the TV show that rhymes, holds a proper beat, and does not rely on autotune or other tricks outside of old-fashioned editing. It’s just Walter, Jesse, and the other characters saying the things they said. The result is catnip for fans of the show! (via Warming Glow)
Monday, November 21, 2022
The YouTube account for Johnny Carson has just made available a clip of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1974, in which the guests were Jack Benny and Mel Blanc. Blanc, "the man of a thousand voices," tells how he got his first job in voice work in 1927. That puts this recording halfway between Blanc's breakthrough and today. Listen to Blanc do his cartoon characters, plus a car, a horse, and more. He and Benny go over some of their old routines and laugh at themselves so much that we can't help but laugh along with them.
Sunflower Farm Creamery sells goat cheese, Nigerian dwarf goat kids, and other products. But since "sunflower" is in the name, they are obligated to grow sunflowers. Not that this is a burden, but with all these goats around, the sunflowers have to be fenced off to flourish. In autumn, when the plants decline and the flowers hang heavy with seed, the day comes when the fence is opened up and the goats scurry to eat the delicious sunflowers, stem, seeds, leaves, and all. The annual Feast of the Sunflowers is a happy occasion, because after all, sometimes you just gotta stop and eat the flowers.