Friday, June 30, 2023
The staff at the Oregon Zoo is committed to giving their animals exercise and fun with enrichment activities. Samudra is a 15-year-old Asian elephant at the Oregon Zoo. Sam just got a new toy to play with in the pachyderm pool- a water buoy! It's perfect for him, just the right size, easy to grab with his trunk or tusks, and always returns to the water's surface. The elephant seems to be trying to get the buoy to stay underwater, but it invariably pops back up! Maybe we could call the game "keepy-downy." Samudra looks like he's just a youngster when he's having so much fun!
Cute aggression is a psychological term that was coined in 2013. It refers to the urge to pinch, bite or squeeze something we find to be adorable, like babies, puppies, or kittens. In his new song "Cute Agression," musician Anthony Vincent supplies the aggression with his heavy metal composition, and his beloved cat Pyretta supplies the cute. Well, some of it. There are other YouTubers and their cats experiencing cute aggression in this video, too. It's quite unique- I bet you have never heard the lyrics "I boop her little face" in any other metal performance. (via Metafilter)
How sign language interpreters work on a talk show.
Revisiting the World's Greatest Drug Store Ad.
The monstrous arrogance of the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision.
The team from Belgium needed a hurdler at the last minute, so shot putter Jolien Boumkwo stepped in at the last minute. The story behind this amazing performance is here. (via Neatorama)
The Cedar Bridge House in Connecticut is on the market for just under half a million. Perfect if you are wealthy, able-bodied, and have no young children. (via reddit)
Hey, billionaires! Buy some fun stuff! Tom the Dancing Bug illustrates real things billionaires have bought lately.
The World's Deepest Submarine Rescue. They were only 1,575 feet down, but that doesn't mean much when your oxygen runs out.
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Is Feminist, Actually. To see it, all you have to do is remove the princess.
Who will win when the mighty Thor goes up against a little piece of paper? Try to guess who wins, and who conveniently gets the blame. The crew at Glove and Boots needed somewhere to dump all their Thor puns, so they gave him a DIY show about crafts. This episode is about origami. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Thursday, June 29, 2023
The Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, crowned the 2023 World's Ugliest Dog last weekend.
Scooter is a Chinese Crested dog, a breed that often wins this contest, but also has deformed hind legs, and gets around with the help of wheels. Scooter was a candidate for euthanasia as a puppy seven years ago in Tucson when he caught the attention of the organization Saving Animals from Euthanasia (SAFE). He was then adopted by SAFE volunteer Linda Elmquist. You can see pictures of the other contestants in this year's World's Ugliest Dog competition in this gallery. (via Fark)
Billy Joel released the song "We Didn't Start the Fire" in the fall of 1989. It was a list of 118 newsworthy events that happened between 1949 and 1989, set to music. Joel himself didn't think much of the tune, but the song went to #1, and was quite meaningful to Baby Boomers.
Yesterday, Fall Out Boy released a cover of the song with lyrics that list things that have happened between 1989 and 2023. There's a lot of them. The song has received mixed reviews so far. Some people love it because it contains what Millennials have experienced. Others criticized the song because the events aren't at all in chronological order, and some major things were omitted, like the Covid-19 pandemic and the fall of the Soviet Union. The lyrics are in the music video, and also listed at the YouTube page. (via Digg)
The grinders who saved a college golf team. Two women combined to shoot 434 in a single round—and became the heroes of this D-III program. (via Metafilter)
Thalassophobia: The doomed Titan submersible triggers a common fear of deep water. (via Real Clear Science)
Dealing With a Lack of Air Conditioning.
How Thomas Edison Tricked the Press Into Believing He’d Invented the Light Bulb. (via Damn Interesting)
An Obvious But Genius Use for Parking Lots.
Futurama Returns After a Ten-Year Absence.
Lost Something? Make This Greek Saint’s Cake. It's still tasty even if you didn't lose anything.
Pompeii archaeologists discover 'pizza' painting. But what it really is depends on how you define "pizza." (via Metafilter)
Just when I think there couldn’t be any weirder mashups, comes a version of The Avengers that star the characters from The Wizard of Oz. Darren Wallace casts the Cowardly Lion as Thor and the Scarecrow as Captain America, but the real star is the Tin Man, who embodies the role of Ultron. Like the beginning slate said, this makes no sense, but it is a masterful edit. (via reddit)
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
When the movie The Da Vinci Code came out in 2006, I didn't see it because someone told me it wasn't great, and I was too busy and too broke to see movies then anyway. It wasn't until last week that an internet comment caused me to look up what it was about. I was gobsmocked to see that it contains almost every ridiculous debunked conspiracy theory available in 2006. And a few months ago I talked to a woman who thought it was a true story! Anyway, the critics hated the film, and both Christians and Muslims were offended by it. Yet the movie was a box office hit, with the best opening weekend ever for Tom Hanks and for director Ron Howard. That tells us that people do love conspiracy theories. This retro Honest Trailer dips back in time to explain to us why The Da Vinci Code was awful, no matter how much audiences ate it up.
Robert E Fuller mostly works with birds who need care, but he once found a baby stoat all alone and took her in. A stoat is a weasel, related to minks and ferrets. Fuller hand-fed her and named the little stoat Whisper. But as Whisper grew, Fuller wanted her to relate to her own kind instead of humans. He was lucky to find another orphaned female stoat of the same age named Stuart. Whisper and Stuart made a great pair as they grew up and reconnected with their natural habitat. (via Fark)
Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or even The Incredible Hulk TV series, the world was treated to 3 Dev Adam, or Three Giant Men. The 1973 Turkish film featured Captain America, Spider-Man, and Santo with no authorization or input from Marvel or the characters' creators. It wasn't the first Turkish ripoff of comic book superheroes, but it was the first to feature several of them together.
But what really made the movie so unique was the fact that the comic books weren't even available in Turkey when this film was made! The characters were designed after old serials, movies, and cartoons. The producers of 3 Dev Adam gave us Captain America yielding a gun instead of his shield, Spider-Man as the villain of the movie with different powers, and Santo the luchador taking his mask off. Neon Harbor gives us the story of 3 Dev Adam for those unfamiliar with it. Those who have seen the movie are impressed to see clips in high-definition instead of bootleg quality. (via Digg)
Texan Roy Field has a Great Dane that’s as big as he is! Bodie Gene just wants to lie down and snuggle with his human like any good lap dog. The pup is only a year old. If he gets any bigger, Roy may be squashed flat. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)
The English translation is "Mdrrr 16 had the most votes, while there is not even a correct answer in the choices 💀" Well, it would be 10 or 16, depending on which calculation you did first. I would do the multiplication first, which would give you ten. But the lack of ten as an answer threw respondents off. (Thanks, WTM!)
Mdrrr 16 a eu le plus de votes, alors qu'il y a même pas bonne réponse dans les choix💀 pic.twitter.com/49ZJUKDSsg— Youri 🦊🍃 (@Youridefou) March 8, 2023
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
QI is a British TV quiz show. In this recently-uploaded episode from last Christmas, they took advantage of the word "noel" to ask questions in which the answer contained ...no "N." I guess finding words with no "L" was too easy. Christmas explains the red hats, even though your first thought would be dunce caps. Anyway, the first question asked for a yellow tropical fruit with no "N." That's easy -papaya! Or grapefruit, jackfruit, or starfruit. Their answer is guava, which isn't even yellow. There are other questions which may or may not stump you.
This shows the big difference between game shows in Britain and the US. Americans are quite hung up on technicalities because we are competitive, and our shows involve a lot of prize money. Game shows in Britain (and Japan) are all about the entertainment value, and the contestants are regulars or celebrities who don't need to win.
Tom Scott is in the US now, and like most overseas visitors, had to buy health insurance to cover his trip. But he's not taking any chances by climbing on the world's first jungle gym on display in Winnetka, Illinois. The jungle gym, sometimes called monkey bars, was developed by Charles Hinton and patented by his son Sebastian Hinton in 1923. They story we didn't know was the scientific goal of the climbing toy. The reason it didn't make much difference to the children who climbed it was because by the time kids started school, they already knew how to climb trees, fences, and hills. The jungle gym just made it fun for everyone to join in together. Setting one in a school playground gave us the added thrill of possibly falling on gravel or pavement instead of plain grass or soil. Read the story of the first playground jungle gym at the Winnetka Historical Society.
Elvis died in 1977, but that's no reason he can't cover -and put his own style into- a song from 1992. This would have been a #hit for him.
Artificial intelligence is plenty scary when it tries to serve us misinformation or take away our jobs, but it's sweet when it's for purely entertainment purposes. Then again, I'm not sure how the Elvis Presley estate would feel about The King sing Sir Mix-a-Lot's song "Baby Got Back." I felt impelled to laugh. This nonsense is the latest from Dustin Ballard, otherwise known as There I Ruined It. The tune is from Elvis' hit song "Don't Be Cruel," and the algorithm was programmed by MikeyNL1038.
Recreate Cinema’s Greatest Struggle Meals With A24's New Cookbook.
Put Some Halloween into your 4th of July with a Watermelon Jack O'Lantern.
Can parents give their children too much attention? (via Damn Interesting)
The Importance of Keeping Slang Out of Your Script.
When We Get Old. You know what they say about AI-generated art: count the teeth and count the fingers. There are no teeth here but an awful lot of fingers. (via Everlasting Blort)
Marsupial moles are weird animals, even by Australia's standards. So when James Young and Elliat Rich spotted one crossing the road near Uluru last week, it made the news. (via Metafilter)
The Ugley Women’s Institute.
Moms lose significant sleep and free time during kids’ school year, new study finds.
Science confirms it: we cannot resist bacon. There are volatile organic compounds and animo acids involved, so of course we love it. AsapSCIENCE explains the many factors that make us love bacon, but whether we understand it or not, this video will make you crave a BLT. Especially if you have backyard tomatoes ripening already, as I have. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Monday, June 26, 2023
I have noticed over the years that the easiest way to get a man to cook dinner is to have him do it outdoors. That seems to elevate cooking from a chore to an art form. Weird History Food likens this to a reversion to cave man cooking methods, but it is a particularly American custom. Cooking on a frame over an open fire was part of Native American culture that was appropriated by the Spanish conquistadors, and all we've really done is made it safer and more convenient. And practiced it -a lot. Indeed, the backyard barbecue has become a tradition part of America's summer celebrations. Enjoy the history and important role of barbecue as you plan your Fourth of July cookout.
This is such an adorable video, you may want to bookmark it to watch when you have a bad day. Phoebe the Border Collie was a rescue dog herself who found a wonderful home with photographer, dog trainer, and kitten foster mom Akiko Yamaguchi. When Phoebe first encountered rescue kittens, she was confused, a little scared, and didn't know what to do. But she soon fell in love. You see her snuggling the kittens, holding play toys for them, and leading them around the house. As some kittens left for new homes and more came in, Phoebe displayed a deep well of love for all of them.
You can see more of Phoebe and her kittens at Bordernerd. I highly recommend you watch this video.
Have you ever had a French taco? They look nothing like a taco, nor do they taste like a taco, but people love them, so we may as well learn how to make them. You Suck at Cooking shows us exactly how to make a French taco, from gathering wild ingredients to assuming everyone can recognize canned jalapeño peppers. I've never had a French taco, but anything that includes béchamel sauce and sautéed onions has to be delicious. Too bad the dish requires a grill press.
You can read more about French tacos at The New Yorker if you are a subscriber or aren't out of free articles for this month. Wikipedia has an overview that gives you a lot of leeway in selecting your ingredients.
France plans for flying taxis during 2024 Paris Olympics. (via Fark)
The Rules for Grandma Droniak's Funeral.
How a Grad Student Uncovered the Largest Known Slave Auction in the U.S. (via Metafilter)
What an architectural historian says about the term "McMansion."
How It Should Have Ended: The Super Mario Bros. Movie.
30 Trivia Tidbits About Sleepless in Seattle for Its 30th Anniversary.
NOT an antique vampire hunting kit. While the kits themselves are not real vampire killing kits from previous centuries, the items contained in them often are unrelated antiques. (via Strange Company)
Enjoy some frog ballet.
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Phil Edwards gives us a very thorough explanation of music radio's evolution in the age of deregulation. This video tracks my 1982-2006 career as a radio disc jockey (a term I now have to explain to younger people) and the changes the industry went through. It ain't WKRP anymore. I went through all these changes until I decided to just go home and blog, because that was more fun. But that's a personal story, and if I say any more, I'm just asking for someone to respond "Okay, Boomer." In this history of radio, you'll recognize how radio has changed no matter what era you discovered it as the easiest way to add a soundtrack to your day. If you're at all interested, there's a fairly comprehensive list of source reading at the YouTube page. (via Kottke)
Covid really did a number on movie theaters, as it did to offices workplaces and dine-in restaurants. But movie theaters had been seeing a decline in attendance way before covid, and they aren't recovering much three years afterward. With attendance down, they raise prices to make that revenue up, and therefore attendance goes down again. Can you spot the problem with that logic? Really, which would you rather do: go to a theater and see the newest movie on opening weekend, sitting next to strangers and eating $10 popcorn, or wait a few weeks to stream it at home in your pajamas eating 50¢ popcorn, and put the movie on pause when you need to take a break? Roger Horton has many more reasons that theaters need to advertise to get you out of the house in this Honest Ad.
Thad and Robin Krasnesky purchased the Angell mansion in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 2021. It's almost 8,000 square feet on six acres, built in 1885, priced at less than a million dollars. As soon as the family moved in, they began to find hidden treasures. The timeline of homeowners who lived there were all wealthy, and some were apparently prone to hiding things, like jars full of coins. Those coins are now worth more than they were when they were hidden, because they are quite old. The Krasneskys have also found jewelry and Civil War artifacts. Who knows what else they uncover? You can expect this kind of thing when you purchase a home on the National Register.
I've found some surprising artifacts in every old house I've lived in, but nothing valuable, since I don't buy houses inhabited by rich people. But everyday objects can become antiques just by hanging around long enough, and you can learn quite a bit about the history of your home and community when you take a good look.
The Kraneskys also have a private cat shelter, and a Facebook page called Krasnesky Manor for Wayward Cats, where you can see more of the house and get to know their cats, too!
Alexander Fredriksen enjoys relaxing at home and watching TV or playing video games. But his cat Nala sees him lying on the couch as an opportunity for some snuggles. Lots of snuggles and scratches! Cats are creatures of habit, and Nala is not giving up until she gets what she wants. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)
(via Nag on the Lake)
Leave no one behind.— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) June 14, 2023
Social structure of some species of otters is complex and organized in groups up to 100 in size called rafts, where they enjoy socialization and mutual safety.
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Saturday, June 24, 2023
Layla the boxer and Luna the Aussie have seen their mom write letters and read letters, and they came up with a grand scheme to write a letter from their veterinarian, so they don't have to go to the clinic anymore. They are not skilled forgers, about on par with an elementary school student who tries to write a note from their parents. Mom isn't fooled, but she's impressed with their resourcefulness.
I'm impressed with the acting skills of both Layla and Luna and Mom, too! Plus, this little vignette is masterfully edited to tell a simple yet delightful story without words or wasted time. You can see more of these goofy videos from Layla and Luna at TikTok.
A bear in Colorado Springs, Colorado, decided to pull a reverse Goldilocks and invaded a house, possibly looking for porridge. The bear entered through a broken window on the ground floor, and made his way upstairs. He apparently wanted to go back outside, but didn't realize that a second story window would be different. Neighbors caught a recording of the bear looking confused and hanging out of the upper window. The bear considered dropping to the ground, but then thought better of it and climbed back in. It turns out the bear had accidentally shut himself in a bedroom. A police officer opened the bedroom door so the bear could leave, through the same downstairs window he entered. We suspect the police officer stayed as flat as he could behind that door. Ryan MacFarlane was away from home that day and came home to missing pork chops and snacks and some minor damage, much less than he had expected. (via Boing Boing)
In 1956, Peter and Joan Foldes produced this short film about a nuclear explosion. It was shown on The Ed Sullivan Show that year. And you wonder why people from the 1950s and ‘60s were so terrified of the Soviets. You can read more about this film at Dangerous Minds. (via Neatorama)
Friday, June 23, 2023
She's convinced that sending her dog Molly to the moon is the right thing to do. But she's wrong. We never get to learn why she came to believe this, or how she managed to get him onto a rocket ship in the first place, but no logical explanations are really necessary to the story. You just have to suspend your disbelief and go with the shorthand way the story is told. That saves a lot of time.
Moon Dog is a short and charming little film by Australian filmmaker Nat Kelly. The premise is sort of dumb, and in the middle you'll think the story is awful, but stay with it because the payoff is worth it. No animals were harmed in the making of this video, especially Molly. (via Metafilter)
You don't realize how much you depend on something until you don't have it anymore. Foil Arms and Hog find out when they've checked into a cabin in the woods that doesn't have internet service. It's a tragedy of epic proportions! Well, it might not be for older people, but for Generation Z, everything they do is dependent on the internet: procuring food, asking for help, finding your way around, and passing the time with entertainment. Yeah, they've heard about alternative methods for all those things, but they can't remember what they are because they never had to commit anything to memory, since they could always look things up on the 'net. These guys do not handle it well.
This reminds me of the time my younger daughter had an interview in the Cumberland Gap area, where even sunshine has to be imported. She had no use for a map, since she never learned to read one anyway. She didn't need directions. She was surprised to find there are places with no internet access, and became lost. She had to resort to the very last thing she ever wanted to do- ask strangers for help. But rather than learn strategies for getting around without the internet, she has just vowed to never go into a deeply mountainous area again.
The Hunt for the Missing Orient Express Trains.
For years, the media ignored the Wright brothers’ breakthrough flight. Why? (via Real Clear Science)
The Ether Monument in Boston. It has no names inscribed because everyone wanted to claim credit.
Everything you need to know about gender-affirming care. This will vary outside of the United States. (via Metafilter)
This West Virginia affordable home has some lovely original elements, but those kitchen cabinets are not one of them. (via reddit)
Art Appreciation 101 for Cats.
The Warp Zone has the perfect premise for the next Mad Max film: he and everyone around him have finally run out of gas. Well, what did they think would happen, running the roads in those huge gas-guzzling muscle machines and tanks? It would be different, that’s for sure. (Thanks, Michael Davis!)
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Gav and Dan, the Slow Mo Guys, have played with dangerous things before, but they are serious when they warn us about playing with large Neodymium magnets. "They will crush you." But that's exactly what they are doing in their latest video. These magnets are so attractive that you can't work with them before removing all the metal on your body, or you'll be sorry. Getting two of them together is another level- they will rush together so quickly and forcefully that they break! It happens in a blink of an eye, but these are the Slow Mo Guys. They recorded magnets coming together at 187,000 frames per second, so we can see how it happens. The collision throw parts if the magnets off, but they are quickly sucked back together. That all occurs in the first four minutes; then they try some other experiments and show us how very weird these magnets act when they're trying to handle them. (via Born in Space)
Goose (a duck) has deformed feet, so she can't stand up, much less walk. Mumble is the brown duck, who has one deformed leg. They were both re-homed to Here With Us Farm Sanctuary, where these two disabled ducks became best friends. Watch them swim together, eat together, and watch cartoons together. And you'll go all verklempt when you see Goose sleeping with her toy duck. Her keeper is planning to start wheelchair training with her soon, so in the future we may see Goose rolling along with Mumble! You can see more of the animals of Here With Us Farm Sanctuary at Instagram.
Fast X was released about a month ago, and has grossed about 700 million worldwide, which is good, but not yet enough to turn a profit. It's still in theaters here and there, although you can rent it on YouTube. The critics say that if you've seen all the Fast and Furious movies, you'll probably like this one, but if you haven't, this one will leave you confused. You should start at the beginning to get the full experience, and you can quit anytime. This Honest Trailer pretty much agrees. Not much has changed as far as the regular cast goes (there are so many recurring characters now that the movie takes two hours and twenty minutes to stuff them all in), but Jason Momoa as the bad guy is the bright spot. If you just want to see the ridiculous action stunts, you'll get plenty of that in this video.
There's a Parasite That Triples Ants' Lifespans… And It Actually Sounds Pretty Great. (via Damn Interesting)
50 Pics From “What’s Wrong With Your Cat” Featuring Kitties Exhibiting The Most Hilarious And Bizarre Behavior.
What Did the Vikings Eat? (via Digg)
1931 Duesenberg That Survived WWII Hidden Under Haystacks Is Headed to Auction.
Is This the World’s Most Beloved Asparagus?
What a drag in Chagrin Falls, USA. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
‘This event is brought to you by Pinterest fails’: Ontario mom’s brutally honest kid birthday invitation goes viral. (via Metafilter)
How an 1800s Midwife Solved a Poisonous Mystery.
For decades before Doctor Anna’s discovery, “milk sickness” terrorized
the Midwest, killing thousands of Americans on the frontier. (via Damn Interesting)
The most mesmerizing videos are those in which someone seemingly selected elements pulled from different hats and put them together. Here, we see a man in a long-neck giraffe mask lip-synch to Marvin Gaye’s song “Let’s Get It On.” You can’t turn away from it. Puppeteer/mask maker Sebastian Mayer made this for “all the lonely long-legged lovelies.” (via Tastefully Offensive)