Sunday, December 31, 2023

Out of 40 Women

Year-end Lists 2023: Personal

In 2023, we sold my mother's farm, and I've been spending the proceeds fixing up my house. As you can see, it's now got a fresh coat of bright yellow paint. After two years of hearing "Are you sure that's the color you want it?" it turned out lovely and I get plenty of compliments on it. Every other house on my block is grey, white, or beige, now that the one red house has been demolished. So it's about time someone added some color to the neighborhood. For Christmas, it looks like a gingerbread house with all the colored lights and red ribbons wound around the porch columns. But the more important fixes can't be seen. The crew replaced a lot of rotting exterior boards, plugged in the gaps where the bats got in, replaced the broken storm door, replaced the chimney grate, insulated the solarium floor, and built a new deck (with a handrail!). I also got new gutters, had some trees trimmed, a sewer pipe replaced, one new toilet installed, and had the dryer repaired.

But in the middle of all that, the upstairs bathroom developed a leak and I didn't know it until it seeped through my bedroom ceiling. The water filled a #2 washtub several times. I got the leak fixed pretty fast, but then insurance got involved, and they determined I needed a new ceiling downstairs and a new floor upstairs. The good news is that I found out my downstairs ceilings are not made of asbestos, as I had assumed. I also lost the wallpaper and overhead light in the bedroom. When the wallpaper came down, I found it was hiding a lot of drywall damage. So two rooms got renovated that I didn't plan on.  

While that work was going on, I moved my bed into my office, and reduced my work commute to about two feet. But it's all back to normal now, so I can dream of a new kitchen someday. I doubt it will be in 2024.

Gothgrrl achieved the title of doctor in February. Since then she's been practicing under supervision, still getting grades but no longer going to class. She will graduate from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in May. She also got engaged! They have tentatively set the date for December 2024, when he gets his PhD. Grad school is a good place to meet men. I will eventually have two Dr. Cellanias in the family, so I will have to come up with another pseudonym. I don't know what Dr. Cellania is going to do between graduation and the wedding, but she will have to start paying off her graduate school loans. I suggested she move back in with me, since there are plenty of veterinary clinics nearby that need help, which is not the case near the university. Then I found out how much money she is being offered even for temporary work, and saw that she doesn't really need my help to save rent money.

My grandson is now a toddler! He took his first steps without holding on to anything the day before Thanksgiving, and hasn't stopped yet. He's got places to go and things to do! He isn't speaking yet, but he's doing sign language, and understands two other languages. He has the world's most beautiful smile. The whole family is doing well. Son-in-law got his master's degree and a promotion in his job. Princess couldn't license my old car in Missouri without expensive upgrades, so she gave it to her future brother-in-law, which involved a lot of driving, plus insurance and paperwork from me, but at least it got us out of having to buy him a Christmas gift. And he will need that car if his fiancée lives elsewhere for work for six months or so next year. 

In my extended family, my stepdaughter gave birth to a healthy and beautiful little boy on the day of the winter solstice. That is also my late husband's (his grandpa's) birthday. He makes eight total grandchildren for me now!

When the family got together for Christmas, I was reminded that we all stated our goals for 2023 and all achieved them. I didn't even remember mine, but Princess did. What are our goals for 2024? Doctor and fiancé each want to graduate, get a job, and get married. I believe they will both do all that. Princess and husband want another baby. That's up to God, but it's certainly attainable. I don't have any particular goals for my personal life in 2024, which is odd but true. I've decided my goal is to make my church's food program sustainable. No, I don't know how, but without a goal, it won't ever happen. 

I also want to thank everyone here for visiting my site in 2023, and I wish you all the most wonderful 2024 possible!


It's the old Lang sign. (via She Who Seeks)

The Way America Does New Year's Eve

Laurence Brown enlightens us about the differences between new year celebrations in the UK and the US. My late mother-in-law was a big believer in first footing, although she never knew that term. My husband would call her very early on New Year's Day so she wouldn't have to worry about being called by a woman first in the new year. Then he'd go back to sleep. I am grateful to the British for giving us "Auld Lang Syne," though.

The Count is Down

(Thanks, WTM!)

Year-end Lists 2023: Best of Blogs and Websites

(Image credit: Archives New Zealand

Fark's Headline of the Year Contenders. Also see links to other HOTY contenders in various categories.

The Most-Liked Instagram Posts Of 2023.

A few last-minute gift ideas you aren’t really thinking about. (But really, an excuse for us to look back at 2023 in Tedium.)

The Top Twenty-five New Yorker Stories of 2023.  

Smithsonian's Top Ten Stories of 2023. 

The Best of Strange Company 2023.

I Met a Wonderful Lizard: The Stopgap's Year in Review.

The Best Amusing Planet Stories of 2023.

Mental Floss's 25 Most Popular Stories of 2023.

Curbed’s 20 Most-Read Stories in 2023.

Atlas Obscura's Year in Wonder 2023, broken into categories.

Best of the Infidel, 2023.

Ars Technica's 20 most-read stories of 2023. 

A thread of Zillow Gone Wild's favorite homes of 2023.

The Top Moss and Fog Stories of 2023. 

What Were Slashdot's Top 10 Stories of 2023? 

McSweeney’s Top 20 of ’23.

The Handoff

The personification of the year 2023 is trying to get his replacement up to speed. But how do you explain what 2023 is all about in just a couple of minutes? It can't be done. But 2023 is in a hurry to leave, so the new guy, 2024, is starting off clueless. Good luck! 

Check back, because I may be adding more to this list as the links become available. Lat me know if you see any I missed. See all the year-end lists here.

New Year Party

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100 Years of New Year’s Eve Style

Mode has another installment of their 100 years series, with a loo at holiday menswear. New Year’s Eve is the time for parties and breaking out a special fancy look, which has changed quite a bit over the last century. Dressing up for New Year’s Eve got gradually more casual over the century, but the custom is still to be a bit dressier than everyday wear. The 2015 version is wishful thinking on the part of clothing vendors. As with most of these videos, you really have to wonder what kind of drugs inspired the fashions of the 1970s. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 30, 2023


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Year-end Lists 2023: Miscellaneous

Guinness World Records Best of 2023

Rage against the machine: how incel culture went mainstream in 2023.

Sex and Dating in 2023: here’s how we rewrote the rules. Contains NSFW content.

Your top petty complaints and grievances of 2023.

Spheres, Jeers & Cheers: It’s the 2023 Architecture and Design Awards.  

Here are 9 interior decorating trends that totally missed the mark this year.

These Were The Most Questionable Fashion Trends Of 2023.

The definitive ranking of 2023’s best and worst branding.

The best and worst new logo designs of 2023.

The Weirdest Inventions of 2023. 

The Worst National Park Reviews of the Year. 

Parks Canada’s 15 Most Memorable Public Toilets Of 2023.

These Were the Most Popular Museums in 2023. 

The worst-behaved tourists of 2023.

Tom Whitwell's 52 things I learned in 2023.

Jason Kottke's 52 Interesting Things I Learned in 2023.

Merriam-Webster's Word of the year and the runners-up.

Oxford Word
of the Year 2022. And some runners-up.’s Word of the Year for 2023. 

See all the year-end lists here.

Five Stars

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What do you do when a volcano begins to erupt on your island? You flee! But what if you are a bird couple and you have four eggs to protect? These avians do their best, but the father is a birdbrain, and the mother turns out to be not all that smart, either. Their antics are funny, but in the short film BOOM, you also get caught up in the danger. Will the family survive the eruption? Will any of them? This student film from the French animation school École des Nouvelles Images won quite a few awards over the last couple of years.

Wasting Another Year

For the life of me, I can't figure out how that happened. Oh well, another one starts soon. This comic is from Soupcat Comics. (via reddit)

Dick Van Dyke

Year-end Lists 2023: Internet

 The Best Of The Internet (2023)

I watched the whole thing. Pretty funny, nothing too offensive, and the injuries aren't all that bad.

There is no YouTube Rewind this year (yet). No Google's Year in Search video (instead, they did a video covering 25 years). No recaps from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and I don't have access to the other social media sites. Was the internet that depressing that no one has anything to brag about? 

Google search trends 2023.

The internet moments that defined 2023.

The best internet moments of 2023.

Top Social Media Trends of 2023: Roman Empire, Grimace Shake, Keith Lee and More.

Teens, Social Media and Technology 2023.

2023: The Year In Memes.

Reddit Recap. Members can find out what they wasted their time on in 2023.

These Were the Most-Read Wikipedia Pages of 2023.

The Atlantic's
25 Best Podcasts of 2023.

The New Yorker's Best Podcasts of 2023.

Watch TikTok's top trending videos of 2023.

Memes And TikTok Trends From 2023 We're Sick Of Seeing.

2023 Will Go Down as the Year Twitter Died.

2023: The Wildest Internet Main Characters Of The Year.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2023.

2023 showed how online platforms can die.

See all the year-end lists here.


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A Surprise Granddaughter for Christmas

Donny and Miranda Goeb came home from Pearl Harbor (where he’s serving with the Air Force) to visit Donny’s family for Christmas. What Donny’s mom got was the biggest surprise ever -a new granddaughter for Christmas!

How was grandma surprised by this? The new baby, Lily, was adopted as a newborn. She knew the Goebs were trying to adopt, but that’s only been since October, and when it happened, it was out of the blue as far as she knew. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day

Resistance is futile.

Friday, December 29, 2023

Before and After ...Time Travel?

Year-end Lists 2023: Politics

 When I started this series in 2012, the politics post was one of the most fun to compile, because there were funny roundups. We could laugh at ourselves then, and laugh at our leaders, no matter who they were. I miss those days.

The wildest political moments of 2023

Politico's 23 Wild Stories That Explain Politics in 2023.

A Year Gone Mad: Daily Wire's Biggest Political Stories Of 2023.

Fox News' top 6 political stories of 2023.

2023 has shown us the misery big-power politics creates. Here’s how we can do things differently.

The House was on fire in 2023. The Senate was mostly asleep.

The Biggest Political Losers of 2023.

MSNBC's Top Political Moments of 2023

See all the year-end lists here.

Poor Dorothy

How Orbeez Can Destroy Your Life

In 2020, French TikToker Cyrilschr (who is no longer at that account) played with Orbeez, beads made of sodium polyacrylate, a superabsorbent polymer that soaks up water. The beads can expand to many times their size when exposed to water. So Cyrilschr bought enough Orbeez to fill his bathtub. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and made a fun video. But then what? How do you get rid of them? He thought it would be a simple matter of letting them go down the drain. But they aren't liquid, and they clogged the drains. The follow up TikTok videos told a horror story as he panicked over the growing problem of Orbeez in the sewer. It's both funny and horrifying.

The original videos are narrated in a combination of French and German, and this compilation has been edited down and English captions added. You'll have to toggle the CC button to turn them on. Boing Boing has the full compilation of videos, but the captions are not available in English.

Two Ways To Film The Same Scene

I saw the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie You've Got Mail and hated it because he destroys her business and she loves him anyway. There was no such nonsensical relationship bomb in the 1940 movie The Shop Around the Corner, which otherwise is the same film, as they were both adapted from 1937 Hungarian play Parfumerie. Some scenes are fairly identical, but since they were filmed in different eras, the differences show up in the framing and editing. The reasons for this are more than just the style of the time; it also has to do with the influence of the stage production in the earlier film and the advanced technical capabilities available for the 1998 version. Nerdwriter1 explains the differences and how this affects the overall experience of the film. Now I want to watch The Shop Around the Corner, because I have a feeling that I'd like it very much.  (via Laughing Squid)

Year-end Lists 2023: Animals

The Dogs of 2023

All-seeing skin, detachable butts and zombies: Animal oddities of 2023.

7 Weird Animal Behaviors That Amazed Us in 2023.

2023 had some weird animal moments. Here are the 10 weirdest.

These were the top animal stories on NPR in 2023, including a snake on the plane.

11 new species discovered in 2023.

These animals went extinct in 2023.

Meet Maverick, American Humane's 2023 Hero Dog Winner

2023: A winning year for dogs, cats and other companion animals.

The Best Pets Moments of 2023.

The Animal Humane Society's top dog adoption stories in 2023.

Best dogs of 2023: Good (and bad) boys and girls that made headlines this year.

The National Cat Awards 2023. Each has a story, a good one.

The 50 Most Heartwarming Cat Adoption Stories Of 2023.

The Top 30 Most Popular Cats on the Internet in 2023.

The 10 Most Popular Cat Names of 2023.

See all the year-end lists here.


Year-end Lists 2023: News

2023, in 7 minutes

TIME’s Top 100 Photos of 2023.

NPR's top stories of 2023. 

CNN’s top 100 digital stories of 2023.

Looking back at the biggest headlines of 2023.

10 Events Of 2023 That Will Wind Up In History Books.

CNN's Year in Review News Quiz: 2023. I scored 17/20.

Highlights From Russia’s War Against Ukraine in 2023.

What 2023 Taught Us in the Russia-Ukraine War

NORML’s Top Ten Events In Marijuana Policy.

2023 was the worst year for the news business since the pandemic.

The 2023 Headline of the Year Nominees. A hilarious Twitter thread. 

A look back at the best and worst of the news media in 2023.

The most impactful milestones for women in 2023

Here are some of the weirdest things that happened in 2023.

What went right in 2023: the top 25 good news stories of the year.

66 Good News Stories You Didn't Hear About in 2023.

See all the year-end lists here.

Miss Cellania's Links

The New Year's Day Mummer's Parade and its Ties to Halloween (and other holidays).

Alabama woman with two uteruses gives birth twice in two days. (via Damn Interesting)

If you don't have time to watch It's a Wonderful Life during the holidays, looking through these 35 stills is the next best thing, and it won't take long. (via Everlasting Blort)

Team of 30 Archaeologists Spend 5 Years Uncovering Ancient Egyptian New Year’s Painting. The before and after pictures are incredible. 

Republicans Plan to Cut Free School Lunches. (via Fark)

The Rise of Skywalker’s Most Divisive Twist Broke the Original Plan for the Sequel Trilogy.

When Shrek's Life Turned Around. He's no ogre.

27 Fast-Food Items Whose Main Ingredient Was Stupidity.

What A Week of Holiday Drinking Does To Your Gut Health — And How To Reverse It. 


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The Mailman and the Turkeys

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor band of crazed turkeys will stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

A mailman in Falmouth, Massachusetts, has to deal with a gang of turkeys that menace him every day in one particular neighborhood. Every day. You can say they’ve gone postal. He carries a stick to keep them at bay. Every day. He should probably put in a request for combat pay. (via reddit)

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

They're Cheap!

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Year-end Lists 2023: People

The CNN Heroes Legacy Award

The CNN Hero of the Year. The top ten finalists.

Heroes of 2023: People Who Made a Difference.

The Root 100: 2023's Most Influential Black Americans.

The Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2023 is Taylor Swift.

Meet PEOPLE's 25 Most Intriguing People of the Year!

Celebrities Who Welcomed Babies In 2023

19 celebrities who came out as LGBTQ in 2023.

The Cutest Celebrity Couples Of 2023.

Celebrities whose careers imploded in 2023. 

11 Of The Most Shocking Celebrity Memoir Revelations Of The Year.

Celebrity Couples We're Sick Of Hearing About In 2023.

Celebrity Breakups Of 2023.

The Year in Comedian Death Hoaxes.

IMDb's In Memoriam

Influential people who died in 2023.

Stars we've lost in 2023.

Politicians, scientists and other newsmakers we lost in 2023.

Black Celebs We Lost in 2023.

Notable Literary Deaths in 2023.

Remembering those in politics, culture and media who died in 2023

See all the year-end lists here.


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What's a Double Jump?

Imagine trying to explain a double jump to someone in the real world. Or a video game character who's not self-aware. It doesn't make any sense at all because physics. But isn't that what we play video games for in the first place- to escape the physical limitations of the real world? In this episode of Epic NPC Man, Viva La Dirt League explores the paradox of bring video game physics (which is related to cartoon physics) into the realm of a logical real-world person. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Year-end Lists 2023: Consumer Goods

This is a new category for this year, because frankly, the miscellaneous list was getting out of hand.

It Sucks To Buy Anything In 2023.

A Look Back at 2023: The Year the Housing Market Froze Over.

The Best Airbnbs of 2023 Good Enough to Lure Travelers in 2024.

Consumer Reports Says These Are The Most Reliable Cars Of the 2024 model year. Spoiler: seven of the ten are Toyotas.

The best car tech of 2023.

The 12 Most Innovative EVs of 2023.

Gizmodo's Favorite Toys of 2023.

The Best Board Games of 2023.

The top 5 ads of 2023—and why Apple had the worst one.

These Are the 2023 Eater Award Winners. Raise a glass to the year’s best bars, restaurants, pop-ups, and roving trucks across 21 Eater cities.

Eater's 12 Best New Restaurants of 2023.

Grubhub Orders Reveal the Trendiest Foods of 2023.

The 9 Worst Fast Food Items of 2023.

Uproxx's 100 Best Bourbon Whiskeys Of 2023, Ranked.

The Best Beers Of 2023, According To The Tasting Alliance Beer Judges.

See all the year-end lists here.


Climbing an Electrical Pylon

If you've ever watched a lineman up on a telephone pole (do we still call them that?) or an electrical tower of some sort, you first gasp at their bravery. But you may  have also wondered how they learned to do that. They say you learn from your mistakes, but in this kind of work, one mistake can be fatal. Tom Scott visited the National Grid Training Centre in Yorkshire, UK, to see how that training goes, and of course the first thing he does is climb an electrical pylon. Don't look down! Being an internet star must pay well, because he keeps doing scary things even though he does have a normal sense of self-preservation that is lacking in certain stunt YouTubers. And that's why we can feel his trepidation like a normal person. But this is just tower climbing. If there were real electricity involved, Tom would have had to undergo a lot more training.        

Another thing about this video is our opportunity to look at how other countries get their power. Coal is being phased out in the UK, and natural gas has to be liquified and shipped in. The US has plenty of oil and natural gas, and plenty of room for wind and solar, while European countries have to import so much fuel of one kind or another. That's why electricity prices and heating bills are so much higher in western Europe.

Year-end Lists 2023: Movies & TV

Sleepy Skunk's 2023 Movie Trailer Mashup

Variety's Best Movies of 2023.

Vanity Fair's Best Movies of 2023. h

Inverse's 25 Best Movies of 2023, Ranked.

Den of Geek's Best Movies of 2023. 

The 15 Best Movies You Missed in 2023—and Where to Watch Them.

The Best Nostalgia-Bait Movies Of 2023.

The Best Comedy Movies Of 2023.

The Best Thrillers Of 2023.

The 45+ Best Horror Movies In 2023, Ranked.

Let’s Look Back At An Amazing Year In LGBTQ Film.

The Year in Movies, TV, and Gremlins.

The Best Actors and Actresses Of 2023.

The Pop Culture We're Thankful for Getting Us Through 2023.

Stars who had the best onscreen chemistry in 2023.

The 10 Best Movie Trailers of 2023 — Whether or Not the Films Were Any Good.

The Best Scores & Soundtracks of 2023.

The 21 Most Underrated Movies Of 2023.

Which Comedy Movie Star Had the Worst 2023?

Marvel Became Its Own Worst Enemy in 2023.

14 Flops We Had High Hopes For In 2023.

Variety's Worst Movies of 2023.

People Are Sharing The Worst Movies They Saw In 2023, And Nobody's Holding Back.

Critics name their favorite TV shows of 2023

The Best TV Shows Of 2023, According To Everyone.

Uproxx's Best TV Shows Of 2023.

Inverse's 25 Best TV Shows of 2023.

The Guardian's
50 best TV shows of 2023.

Gizmodo's Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror TV Shows of 2023.

Cracked's 10 Funniest TV Shows of 2023.

The Worst New TV Shows of 2023.

‘A total cringe-fest’: the TV letdowns of the year.

The Most Hated TV Characters Of 2023.

The Funniest Comedians Of 2023.

The Fictional Characters We Lost in 2023.

An Honest Trailer for the Year 2023

See all the year-end lists here.


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A Kid’s First Star Wars Movie

How many questions can a 6-year-old ask? The answer is close to infinite. Andy Herald of How to Be a Dad watched the original Star Wars with his son, who had never seen it before. Anyone who’s ever watched a movie with a child that age can relate. Since then, they have watched The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. No prequels yet, but you really don’t need them, I think, to be ready for The Force Awakens.

I have to marvel at the difference ion seeing the movie now as opposed to 1977 in a theater. Like George Lucas, we didn’t know about Luke’s parentage until the second movie years later. And this generation has no idea what it was like to see that crawl, hear that music, and become aware of the Imperial Destroyer looming in the context of what movies were really like in 1977. (via Gamma Squad)

Tweet of the Day

She's either proud or wants help. Or both.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023


From 1831. (via undine)

Year-end Lists 2023: Sports

The best of 2023's amazing world of sport

A Record-Breaking 2023 in Sports. Benchmarks fell all over, including the number of fans turning out to watch women play.

Year-Ender 2023: Top Moments From Sports World.

The Internet’s Biggest Sports Moments of 2023.

2023 Athlete of the Year: Lionel Messi.

Deion Sanders Is SI’s 2023 Sportsperson of the Year.

Mondo Duplantis
Named 2023 World Athletics’ Athlete of the Year.

2023 NCAA Woman of the Year finalists named.

2023 in review: The sports business year in deals. 

The Year in Weird and Wonderful Sports.

10 Best footballers in the world in 2023 (ranked).

Best, worst moments of 2022-23 European club football season.

2023 In Review: 9 Of The Best Women’s Soccer Moments.

NFL Top 100 List, Best Players in 2023.

The Best Major League Baseball Players Of 2023.

Best 2023 MLB Moments.

LIV Changed the Golf World in 2023.

The 25 most influential people in golf in 2023.

The top tennis players and moments in 2023.

The 10 best sports announcing bloopers of 2023.

NBA Bloopers

The basketball and hockey seasons cross over into the new year, so end-of-the-year retrospectives won't come out until the season is over. See all the year-end lists here.

Door Mat

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The Doggy Bus

Denzel Morrison runs Ruff and Puff Doggy Day Camp in Calgary, Alberta. He also drives the bus, which may just be the best job in the world. The doggy bus picks up 10-14 dogs at a time and shuttles them to one of several private dog parks where the dogs can have a good time and run off energy. The dogs really enjoy their adventures. They get to ride, run, and play with familiar canine friends, so what's not to love about it? After all this activity, the dogs are delivered to their homes ready to relax with their human, who is also tired after work. See more of Ruff and Puff's doggie adventures at Instagram. (via Born in Space

Year-end Lists 2023: Video Games and Tech

WatchMojo's Top 10 Best Video Games of 2023

Kotaku's Top 12 Games Of 2023, Ranked.

Rolling Stone's
20 Best Video Games of 2023.

Digg's 10 Best Games Of 2023.

The Best Video Game Surprises Of 2023.

The 12 Buggiest Video Games Of 2023.

The Best Video Game Death Scenes of 2023, Ranked.

The Biggest Gaming Disappointments Of 2023.

2023 Was the Year of the Handheld Console, and 2024 Will Be Better for It.

The Year in Computer Science

The Guardian's biggest tech stories of 2023 – from cyber warfare to AI’s ‘existential risk.’

Computer World's top 10 tech stories of 2023. 

Year in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Tech in 2023.

Gizmodo's Best Gadgets of 2023.

PC Magazine's Best Tech Products and Services of 2023.

Apple’s 5 biggest failures of 2023, including AI, iPads, and 8GB of RAM.

The 11 Biggest Tech Fails of 2023, Ranked.

The worst technology failures of 2023.

Tech That Died in 2023

See all the year-end lists here.

Prison Reform

Year-end Lists 2023: Music

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of 2023.

Billboard's 50 Best Albums of 2023.

Uproxx's Best Albums Of 2023.

Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2023.

NPR's Best Albums of 2023.

Vulture's  Best Albums of 2023.

50 Best Albums Of 2023.

Paste's 50 Best Albums of 2023.

Pitchfork's 37 Best Rock Albums of 2023.

The 10 Best Country Albums of 2023: Billboard Staff Picks.

Rolling Stone's 25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2023.

Uproxx's Best R&B Albums Of 2023.

Jazzwise Albums of the Year 2023.

Slate's Best Jazz Albums of 2023.

Uproxx's The Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2023.

The Best Classical Music Albums Of 2023.

Uproxx's Best Indie Albums Of 2023.

The Best Pop Artists Of 2023.

The Best Rock Bands Of 2023. 

TikTok's Musical Class Of 2023: 8 Artists Who Transformed Virality Into Stardom.

AP’s top music documentaries of 2023.

Music trends that took us by surprise in 2023.

2023 In Review: 5 Trends That Defined Country Music.

The 8 Worst Music Trends Of 2023.

Rolling Stone's
100 Best Songs of 2023.

Pitchfork's 100 Best Songs of 2023.

Uproxx's Best Songs Of 2023.

Entertainment Weekly's 10 best songs of 2023.

The Worst Songs of 2023. 

The Best Concerts Of 2023.

See all the year-end lists here.


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The Weird Reason We Think Vitamins Are Good For Us

During the golden age of sea exploration and the Great Depression and periods of famine or poverty, people suffered from vitamin deficiencies. But for us in the modern era, micronutrients have been identified, calculated, and added to many foods we eat. Bread has folic acid added. Milk has extra vitamin D. Even Kool-Aid has vitamin C, because ascorbic acid makes it tart.

A strange thing happened between the identification of vitamin deficiencies and the modern era: we got the idea that if a little bit is good, a lot must be better! It doesn’t work that way. Adam Conover once again ruins everything by debunking the idea that vitamin supplements will make us healthier.  (via Viral Viral Videos

Tweet of the Day

My observation: this is cool.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Suspicious Indeed

Year-end Lists 2023: Science

 The Craziest Scientific Discoveries You Missed in 2023

If you enjoyed this video, there is a part two.

Cosmo Magazine's top ten science stories for 2023.

New Scientist's biggest science news stories of 2023. 

Smithsonian's Ten Most Significant Science Stories of 2023.

Rockefeller University's
intriguing science discoveries of 2023.

Science Magazine's 2023 Breakthrough of the Year: Obesity meets its match. And other 2023 breakthroughs.

ScienceAdviser: Of all the breakthroughs in 2023, what topped Science’s list?

Ten people (and one non-human) who helped shape science in 2023.

The Top Websites for Science in 2023.

The Biggest Junk Science of 2023.

More than 10,000 research papers were retracted in 2023 — a new record.

The top ten weird science stories of 2023.

2023 National Climate Assessment paints grim picture while offering hope.

Arctic Report Card 2023: From wildfires to melting sea ice, the warmest summer on record had cascading impacts across the Arctic. 

The extreme weather events of 2023.

Here Are 12 of the Most Astounding Archaeological Discoveries of 2023.

Archaeology Magazine's Top 10 Discoveries of 2023.

The Top Ten Dinosaur Discoveries of 2023. 

The Year in Biology

Nature Biotechnology's top ten news stories in 2023.

Physics World
reveals its top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year for 2023.

Gizmodo's Best Space Images of 2023.

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