Thursday, November 30, 2023

By Who?

The Internet is Worse Than Ever – Now What?

Misinformation, trolling, anger, tribalism... and it's all because of social media, right? Maybe not in the way you're thinking. Kurzgesagt explains how these psychological forces have been around as long as humankind has existed. That doesn't make it right, but we've developed a system in which we cling to the people around us, listen to them and learn how to be like them, and use social constraints to get along with them even when we don't get along with them. In the same way, we learned to distrust outsiders who we perceived as not like us. Social media indeed changed all that, because it gave us all a much bigger platform to express ourselves without the constraints of having to face our neighbors. The tribalism we developed for our communities has expanded across the world, but so have the number of our perceived enemies. We haven't yet learned to to give faceless strangers online the same courtesies we would to our immediate neighbors, nor do we have time to get to know them as we should. So we can blame social media for the intensity and the reach of our worst behavior, but the forces that have been unleashed were with us all along.


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Animals With Superpowers

Superman is strong enough to squeeze coal into diamonds. Spider-Man can throw a handy web to swing from. The Invisible Woman has the power of... well, you know. These superpowers are just another day at work for some of nature's creatures. In another installment of his True Facts series, Ze Frank gives us the rundown on animals with the powers of transparency, constriction, and slime flinging. There are no spiders, because we know what they do. We even named a comic book superhero after them. There's a one-minute embedded ad at 3:45. Don't you just love it when a commercial is interrupted by another commercial?


Birth of a Christmas Tree

Want to see how your Christmas tree started out in life? This guy who goes by Boxlapse at YouTube bought a pine cone at the supermarket last year and decided to grow a stone pine tree (Pinus pinea) in a pot. This video is a time-lapse that covers 300 days of his experiment. As you can see, it dramatically went from a pine cone to a recognizable tree in less than a year. I was expecting a slight bit of tinsel to be added at the end, but no. Add six more years to this story, and you'll have the cut trees that are being sold for Christmas decorations right now. (via Digg)   

Rain Coat

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Misadventure Time

Transport your favorite cartoon characters into the chaotic post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max and see what happens. Oh, what a lovely day!  Egor Zhgun created a delightful mashup of Adventure Time and Mad Max: Fury Road. The audio of the original movie trailer is accompanied by Finn, Princess Bubblegum, the Ice King, and the rest of the cast. See more animated gifs from the project here. (via The A.V. Club)

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Great For Making Drinks

It Me

She Wants to Pet the Dog

The video is just a few seconds long, but it contains multitudes. The little girl wants to pet the dog, but she can't because that's a bear! Her confusion may be funny, but I would have scooped the child up and had her in the door before she got the phrase out. Would it make you feel any better to know that the joke isn't real? The audio is from an earlier, unrelated TikTok video. That might make it less funny, but it's still dangerous to have a small child that close to a bear. Let's assume that the little girl was not eaten by the juvenile bear, and that she has learned to avoid such encounters in the future. The lesson is, don't believe everything you see on the internet, but there's nothing wrong in enjoying the funny fakes. Therefore, let the musical remixes commence!

The newest is from pianist Brandon Ethridge. (via Boing Boing)

Love in Plane Sight

Christmas romance movies, often called Hallmark Christmas movies no matter who makes them, are cheesy, implausible yet predictable, and fun to watch. Some folks watch them because they are a comfortable holiday tradition, like sipping on hot cocoa in your fuzzy socks. Others watch just to laugh.

The "movie" Love in Plane Sight has one thing going for it- it's less than six minutes long. The other thing that makes it different is that it's an airline advertisement. Otherwise, it has the elements you expect in a Christmas romance: a beautiful, sophisticated, yet single woman traveling for the holidays, a "meet cute" with a hunk, and tension between the two before they inevitably fall in love, all in a set drenched in Christmas decorations and a bit of supernatural magic.  

No matter how you watch full-length Christmas romance movies, you'll have a laugh at one that condenses a two hour journey to romance into a commercial without losing any of the tropes we've gotten used to. (via Boing Boing)

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Stephen Colbert Canceled The Late Show Episodes This Week Due to a Medical Emergency

Is Ireland’s “Cave of the Cats” Where Halloween Was Born? (via Strange Company)

Adrift at Sea for 49 Days. More details here. (via Nag on the Lake)    

Is There a Hat Better Than Napoleon’s? We Rank Art History’s 5 Most Iconic Chapeaus.

You Can Add 10 Years to Your Life Simply by Changing Your Diet, Massive Study Finds. (via Real Clear Science

Iconic Homes From Movies And TV Shows That Were Listed For Millions In Real Life.

The Teddy Bear Was Once Seen as a Dangerous Influence on Young Children. 

An American's Guide to Christmas Pudding.

The New Orleans landmark that almost became Napoleon's retirement home. (via Messy Nessy Chic)     


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Sad Jingle Bells

Your winter wonderland of snow is cold, wet, and slippery. The sleigh skids off a cliff and everyone dies. Or else you get pneumonia and frostbite, too. That’s the mood of this version of Jingle Bells. The Gregory Brothers took a happy, upbeat little ditty usually associated with Christmas and put it into a minor key. The result is pretty grim. Creepy. Sad. It may as well be a funeral dirge. They have a whole playlist of sad songs if you’re in that kind of mood. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

Cats communicate just fine when it's something important to them. YOUR wishes, however, will be ignored. (Thanks, WTM!)

Tweet of the Day

Tuesday, November 28, 2023


There's a story here, and I would read it. (via Bad Newspaper)

Groom Gives a Wedding Speech

Ben Carpenter is a YouTube fitness coach. His fans were surprised at this tender and moving speech he made at his wedding. You might be, too. (via Digg)


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10 Car Innovations... That DID NOT Stand the Test of Time

Some of the features that automakers thought the public would clamor for fizzled out because they didn't make any sense even when they were new. Vinyl record players were just a bad idea, was quickly surpassed by cassette and CD players. Pop-up headlights were cool, but only until they quit working, and then it was just another piece of a car that could break and cost a lot of money to fix. It's pretty neat to learn about Landau bars, which survive today to denote that a vehicle is hearse.


One Streetlight for Many Blocks

Way before electricity, city officials saw the benefit to lighting up the street so that people could find their way around. When electricity was in its infancy, some towns took the easy way- instead of replacing hundreds of gas lamps, why not just built one tower, or a few, for big cities, and make it very tall? As far as electrical use worked, they were primitive, but they worked. Eventually, cheaper, safer, and more efficient electric streetlights were developed, and these "moonlight towers" were replaced. Except in Austin, Texas. Austin decided to keep the towers as part of the city's personality, although they have been rebuilt and restored. Tom Scott gives us a rundown on the towers, how they worked, and what they look like today.  


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Dogs Have Fun in the Snow

What’s not to love about snow? It’s deep, and cool, and slippery! It can be hard or it can float on air. You can jump on top of it or dig underneath it. And best of all, the kids are playing in it! The drawbacks are that it’s cold and hard to drive in, but if you’re a dog, you have a fur coat and nowhere to drive anyway. (via Tastefully Offensive

Tweet of the Day

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Not Normal Cows

My Brain at 3:59am – A Mashup

Twin brothers Pat and Sean Kelly are musicians and DJs for private events in Philadelphia. When you mix music on the fly, you get a feeling for what works together, and an awful lot of songs work together. They call this medley duet "My Brain at 3:59am – A Mashup." Twenty songs in one minute, divided by two singers, means each song gets about six seconds, but that's long enough for you to know what song it is, and now you've got an entire mashup stuck in your head. (via Boing Boing)   

Emotional Support Shoe

From Obvious Plant. (via reddit)

Spicy New Sumatran Tiger Cub

There are only about 500 critically endangered Sumatran tigers left in the wild. There are only 73 in zoos. Zoo Miami is part of the Species Survival Plan, a global effort to conserve and produce more Sumatran tigers. Their breeding couple, Berani and Leeloo, produced a male cub in 2015 and a female cub in 2021. The father, Berani, developed cancer and was euthanized on November 2. He was 15 years old, an advanced age for a tiger. But Berani has left his legacy, and has even added to it.

On Thanksgiving Day, Zoo Miami announced that Berani had fathered a third Sumatran tiger cub, born on September 6. Such news is always kept from the public for a few weeks to make sure that a zoo baby survives that critical period. At ten days old, the cub had its first health check, which revealed she is a girl, and is healthy and developing normally. Yes, for a ten-day-old cat, she is very big, even though Sumatran tigers are the smallest of all the tiger species. The cub and her mother Leeloo will remain in seclusion for a few months before the cub is shown to the public. Zooborns has the press release from the zoo and more pictures.

Flat Earthers

(Thanks, Bicycle Bill!)

Disney's Droids

While Boston Dynamics keeps working on Atlas, their humanoid robot, and Spot, the quadruped that actually does real world jobs, Disney is concentrating on building robots for their entertainment value. Does it surprise anyone that they are the ones giving us real life droids? A few weeks ago, they took their new droids out for a test run at the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park at Disneyland in California. These bipedal self-learning robots don't look all that useful for the real world, but they are impossibly adorable and are ready to show off their personalities, which is perfect for the immerse fantasy of Disneyland. They look like a cross between an AT-ST and Wall-E. See what else they can do.

Look for the toy version coming back from the theme parks soon, and in stores by next Christmas. (via Metafilter)

Miss Cellania's Links

Pablo Escobar’s Multiplying ‘Cocaine Hippos’ Will Be Sterilized in Colombia. Just how does one sterilize a hippo? 

Why walking backwards can be good for your health and brain. (via Strange Company)

Becca McGlynn worked for ten years to make a fan edit of Doctor Who that arranges the show into chronological order, meaning the order of what happens to the time-traveling Doctor and his cohorts in history. Really. The finished project called Stitches in Time is more than 20 days long. (via Metafilter)    

They Brought A Crappy Tesla Cybertuck ‘Clone’ To A Major Car Show. We Interviewed Them And It Got Insanely Awkward.

The first time that Keith Emerson used the Moog synthesizer. Greg Lake tells a great story.

Christmas Decorations on TikTok: Trendy or Traditional?

Bleach does not kill common superbug, study finds. That's why C.diff runs rampant in hospitals. (via Damn Interesting)

Yet Again, Starbucks Has Better Holiday Drinks Outside the U.S.  

Caviar on Horseback: The Most Outrageous Dinner Party of the Gilded Age. (via Strange Company)

Why I Am Late

Fox Encounter

Rapper and comedian Dan Bull and his cats Jimmy and Sammy had a visit from a fox.
This incredible encounter happened to me this week. The fox was curled up asleep at my back door. Foxes are normally nocturnal and will run away if they spot you anywhere near. But I just sat there for ages chilling with this fox and two of my cats Jimmy and Sammy. I sensed no hostility from either side, just a relaxed inquisitiveness.
The fox and the cats got along just fine, but eventually the fox realized that not only was he being stared at by a human, but he was also being recorded. Bye, Mr. Fox!

Tweet of the Day

(Thanks, WTM!)

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Notarized Women

You have to wonder whether they meant noted, notorious, or notable. (via Bad Newspaper)


On Star Trek: The Original Series, "fascinating" is a word Mr. Spock used when confronted by something unexpected. How often did that happen in the series? More than once an episode, at least. Merriam-Webster defines the word fascinating as "extremely interesting or charming, captivating." I doubt Spock would use it to mean charming, but since the character is supposedly immune to human emotions (which wasn't quite true), we will assume he finds all thing extremely interesting.  

Here we have incidents that Spock found fascinating in a supercut from John DiMarco. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Jabba the Huttcracker

Check out this guy's Etsy shop. (via Fark)

Getting Past Lunar Immigration

Warning: nonstop puns ahead. In the modern age, security in some places requires questioning just to get a visa or to enter the country. The comedy troupe Foil Arms and Hog have a series of skits about "getting past immigration" for a bunch of different countries, but this time, they're completely out of this world. To gain entry to a lunar colony, they must answer a series of questions about the moon. They know all the answers, although they aren't the answers you'll see on any school quiz.


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The Great Bird Race

Red Side made an illustrated comparison of how fast various birds can move, on foot or flying. They start with the slowest birds which are overtaken by faster ones, one by one. I felt sorry for the penguin, who leads things off as the slowest walker, but never gets to show us how fast he can swim. Where are all these birds going? Why are they all going as fast as they can? Is something chasing them? Some are rather awkward even as they are speeding by other species. The running birds seem to have no knees, and the ostrich has hips hidden way up in its backbone, which makes this frantic chase seem all the more hilarious. (via Nag on the Lake)


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The Bells of St. Mary's

Most of you are familiar with this movies already. If not, here's some information from Wikipedia

The Bells of St. Mary's is a 1945 American drama film produced and directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Written by Dudley Nichols based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a priest and a nun who, despite their good-natured rivalry, try to save their school from being shut down. The character of Father O'Malley had been previously portrayed by Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, for which Crosby had won the Academy Award for Best Actor. The film was produced by Leo McCarey's production company, Rainbow Productions.

Tweet of the Day

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Tried Everything Else

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Pie Hole

This video is about twenty years old now, but still just as funny. (via Everlasting Blort)

Class Assignment

That's better than the original, shown below.

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A Master Printer Makes His Final Print

Master printer and publisher Jacob Samuel spent 48 years perfecting his "hardcore extreme etching" technique and working with more than 60 of the world's greatest contemporary artists. At age 72, he is finally ready to retire. As he makes his final print, he looks back on his career, from the printers he learned from to the artists he collaborated with. Samuel talks about his creative philosophy, technical process, and the innovation of a portable print studio that allowed him to get to know those artists and submerse himself in their culture while creating their etchings. In this video from the Museum of Modern Art, you get the idea that Samuel will bring that same philosophy, precision, and creativity to any retirement projects he chooses in his leisure time. (via Kottke)


The Most Impactful Event in Earth's History

The Chicxulub asteroid hit the earth in the Yucatan subcontinent 66 million years ago and changed everything. The impact itself was devastating for a large part of the earth, but the aftereffects changed the entire earth. It even changed the global climate! And that's why we have no dinosaurs today, unless you count the birds that somehow survived. We've never had an event as powerful or as destructive as the Chicxulub impact before or after. Could it happen again? Yes, but the chances are pretty small. I hope that makes you feel better about it because we've got plenty of other things to worry about. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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The Orc Dance

You never imagined the Orcs from Lord of the Rings to be the dancing type, did you? When an unexpected dinner appears, they do a victory dance. but you know how it is when you celebrate too early! 

Scott Winn brings us dancing Orcs with a special appearance by the elf Legolas. The song is “Through the Flame” by Scott & Brendo. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, November 24, 2023


From 1966. (via Undine)

A Lake in Canada May Hold the Secret to The Anthropocene

The fairly new term "Anthropocene" refers to a proposed geologic epoch in which man made his mark on the earth. When did it start? That's up for discussion. Another question is where did it start? We don't know that, but there is a proposal to use Crawford lake in Ontario as a reference point for the beginning of the Anthropocene. It's a small lake, but it has some very specific and interesting properties that make it uniquely suitable for such a reference point. Besides it being perfectly suited for the purpose, it's already in a conservation area designated as an Ontario Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Savannah Geary of Sci Show explains, and makes us want to visit Crawford Lake.

Camp David

When the US president goes anywhere, the security involved is a logistics nightmare involving hundreds of people. You deal with that when there's a diplomatic reason for travel, but when the Commander in Chief needs a weekend to relax and refresh or a summer vacation, it's a lot easier to have a spot already in place with permanent security. Security is important, but that spot has to be nice enough so that the president will want to stay there. That's how Camp David was born in the 1930s. The facility is also perfect for hosting meetings with other heads of state for the same reasons, especially for extended meetings like peace talks. Half as Interesting explains the history of Camp David, plus the measures taken to keep it feeling like a luxury resort to its guests while maintaining security that makes a supermax prison look weak. It's a delicate balancing act, but someone's gotta do it.  

Sand Hanitizer

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Goliath, the Orphaned Anteater

What do you do with an orphaned anteater? Goliath was found on the side of the road in Ecuador after his mother was hit by a car. The staff at Merazonia Wildlife Rescue took him in and fed him goat's milk. But how do you teach an anteater how to eat ants? Goliath's caretakers raised him with the freedom to roam the rain forest, alternating with the security of foster care when he needed it. But the time eventually came when he was old enough to be a wild animal on his own. You can see further footage of his release at Instagram. Months after moving to his new home, Merazonia reports that Goliath is doing just fine and is living his best anteater life. (via Fark)


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Bacon is Good for Me

A blast from the past! In 2009, a little boy named Curtis Holland stole the show on the reality TV series Wife Swap. His viral tirade was remixed into a song. He's now grown up, and you can find him on Instagram. As you can tell from the pictures, he's still quite the carnivore.  

Miss Cellania's Links

The winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards have been announced.

Bizarre 'creature' with long, flailing arms spotted on Google Street View. (via Boing Boing)

The Mysterious Norwegian Art of Painting on Dead Fish. No one knows how artists pulled off a trick over 100 years ago.

I Drove the Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix Track in a 700-HP Aston Martin. A singular opportunity for an amateur.

We’ve been fighting poverty all wrong. The success of the expanded child tax credit shows why anti-poverty programs should be unconditional.

Lego Sets of Famous Moments in Psychology.

Mike Johnson's Adventures with the Meaning of Words. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Guess who is sponsoring the Rolling Stones 2024 tour.

Tŷ Unnos: The One Night House. Build it before sunrise, and you own it. Brilliant!

Black Friday

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Spitting Contest with a Dolphin

John went to the Bahamas and took in one of those “swimming with dolphins” attractions in Nassau. There he met a dolphin who wants to be a comedian. Instead of a kiss, he spat water in John’s face! Well John reacted naturally, and spat back. Things escalated from there until a trainer stepped in to break things up. The man and dolphin made up and a good time was had by all. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, November 23, 2023


An '80s Retro TV Intro for Kenobi

If the Disney+ series Kenobi had been produced in the 1980s, it would have been on network TV and be squeezed between The Incredible Hulk and MacGyver. Oh yeah, in case you haven't seen Kenobi, this video contains spoilers. I haven't seen it either, but when you live on the internet, spoilers just come with the territory.

What really makes this retro TV intro perfect is the original theme song, called "Be the One" by Auralnauts, with guitar and vocals by Scott Beetley. The feedback to the TV intro made that clear, so Auralnauts went ahead and made a full music video for the song, by mixing in video clips from the very 1980s music video for "The Unforgiven" by Robert Tepper.  

Considering the audio and video are from completely different musicians, this is a masterpiece of editing. But that's what you would expect from Auralnauts.


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Why Turkey for Thanksgiving?

I hope that by now you have taken the turkey out of the freezer and have it thawing in the refrigerator. Forgetting to do that is one of the more common Thanksgiving mistakes. Okay, let's learn about why why eat the things we do on the holiday we call Thanksgiving. The celebration has evolved through the history of the United States, and is essentially a harvest festival that celebrates American foods. Turkeys are native to America, and they will feed a lot of people, so it was a natural idea to serve one when the whole family gets together, whether or not they were served at the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving feast. Take a few minutes to sit down and listen while Weird History Food talks turkey.  

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Lat's Have Thanksgiving Dinner Together!

People talk about how every family in America follows the same food traditions on Thanksgiving, but that only goes so far. Sure, we have turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, and pie, but the recipes are varied, and serving anything other than what your family has enjoyed for years and years is like stepping on a land mine. I recall the massive shock when my grandmother began making dressing in serving size balls instead of pressing it into a pan. We all took that as a new family tradition for about 40 years until I just stopped doing it, because the only advantage was being able to throw a serving across the table, which isn't worth the extra trouble or oven room.   

Eventually, I found myself married into two other families that had different traditions, and almost everything had to be duplicated. My husband had to have Stovetop Stuffing, while my kids expected the traditional cornbread recipe. I roasted a turkey, while my late husband's mother brought chicken and dumplings. Once, I was compelled to make two different kinds of mashed potatoes, because my kids were temporarily vegan, although left to my own devices, I would not even make mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving.

Kim Holderness illustrates that concept more succinctly than I ever could in this Thanksgiving planning skit. The idea of giving up and just being a guest for someone else's feast is the easy way out, although her family will probably never let her live it down.  

Miss Cellania's Links

Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Watch for the Holiday Weekend.

Your guide to the Thanksgiving table. The traditional feast as imagined by artificial intelligence. (via Nag on the Lake

50 People Who Had A Terrible Time During Thanksgiving. If your Thanksgiving is not proceeding in the manner you expected, they will make you feel downright thankful.  

Thanksgiving in Prison. (via Strange Company)

SNL's 10 Best Thanksgiving Sketches.

Good Luck to the History Teachers who tackle the Narrative of Native Americans in Uniform. Which side do you think they took in the Civil War? (spoiler alert: both)

Edward Lear’s recipe for amblongus pie, 1872. (via Nag on the Lake)

Good profits from bad news: How the Kennedy assassination helped make network TV news wealthy. (via Damn Interesting)

After Woman Loses Car to Fire, The Stanley Mug Company Offers to Replace It.

On a personal note, neither of my kids could come home for Thanksgiving due to work obligations, but both are attempting to recreate our traditional family dinner using my recipes for the first time. I will update you on how that goes. 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Better Than Being Alone

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Alice’s Restaurant

A Thanksgiving tradition, fifty years after the original event. The movie is from 1969. I watched it this afternoon. The third quarter is the best, as it's the part that follows the song. The rest is pretty much filler. 

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Poor Beulah

From 1947. (via Undine)

The End is Nigh

Wars and rumors of wars. Fire and brimstone. The total collapse of society. The threat of an impending apocalypse hits differently in 2023, because we already have those things. In fact, some folks might see the end of days as an improvement on what we have now. As he does, Ryan George plays all the parts as he gets some reactions from people on the street, who are quite credulous in order to fit this all into a short skit, but don't react the way the street preacher would prefer them to. Despite all that, the end is almost hopeful. And the horse joke can be read in more ways than one. The skit is only 3:10; the rest is an ad. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Bringing the Dessert

Cats Doing What They Shouldn't

This compilation shows us cats getting into tight places, bullying their owners, attacking other animals, going where they aren't supposed to be, stealing food, making messes, and generally acting as cats will. Oh, here's some more.

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House of Carbs

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A Sustainable Tiny House in Hawaii

In August, wildfires raged through the Hawaiian island of Maui and left thousands of people homeless. Jack Whitfield of Sol Projex has some ideas for replacing some of those homes in environmentally-friendly ways. Not only does he use reclaimed wood, but also mills wood from trees of invasive species. He's in the process of building a sustainable home for a family in Lahaina. In this video, he explains his building philosophy while giving us a tour of his own tiny home on Kaua'i. Of course, it's easier when you don't need insulated walls and your appliances can be set outside, but that's Hawaii for you. Even people  in paradise need a place to live. (via Digg)

Cat Saves the Day

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Dancing Cars

A security camera caught an absolutely bizarre traffic accident in China. You don’t see any of the cars hitting each other (at first, although the two vans eventually collide). They just stand up and start a weird dance! What’s going on?

Turns out that there’s a cable across the road, waiting for a phone pole installation. A street sweeper, which you can see on the right side, sweeps it up and winds the cable into its rotating brushes, which pulls it taut just as the three vehicles are passing over it. (via Boing Boing)

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023


Anakin's Shenanigans

On the one hand, you'd think that the ability to think outside the box would be an asset for a Jedi Knight. On the other hand, we know young Anakin Skywalker is an ass and is liable to get Obi-Wan killed before his time. You are supposed to discuss new strategies with your master before surprising them with your outlandish new battle tactics. That's what Obi-Wan should have gotten onto him about. At the same time, we all know that Force powers are completely underused in Star Wars, particularly in battle. Anakin has an another idea that might give him the upper hand.

Once again, Obi-Wan is surprised by Anakin's dangerous secret tactics. Events of their future notwithstanding, Obi-Wan should have seen how dangerous this kid was years before. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

In Memory of Rosalynn Carter

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Making It Simple

Tom Scott on a Little Training Ship

The Ship Handling Research and Training Centre in Poland is a very unique school. This is where ship's pilots can learn how to steer through the biggest, most crucial ports, locks, and canals on earth, like Panama and Suez. This training is meant to supplement on-the-job training with more experienced pilots, not to replace that experience. They use a combination of computer simulations and real piloting. The school uses ships and courses that are scaled at only 1/24th the size of the the real thing, but that's still surprisingly big. They also use current generators to recreate various real-world conditions. Tom Scott talked them into letting him pilot one of these ships without taking the entire course, just for funsies. I don't think he's going to try for a job with Evergreen or any other shipping company.     

Miss Cellania's Links

The Origin of the Word "Dude." (Thanks WTM!)

25 must-try vegan holiday recipes. (via Nag on the Lake)

If you're ready to bid a final farewell to Halloween 2023, you'll enjoy seeing a gallery of 32 very elderly Jack-o-Lanterns. (via Boing Boing)

Chicken Run studio Aardman is apparently running out of clay.

The couch. It's where you keep your change.

How to Respond to Relatives Who Feel the Need to Comment on Your Food and Body. A guide to gently (or firmly) telling people to mind their own business. (via Digg)

Are Psychedelics the Future of Eating Disorder Treatment?

The Rise and Fall of the Potsdam Giants.

Rescuers Lift Storm Drain And Come Face-To-Face With World's Largest Rodent. (via Boing Boing)

Attempted Murder

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If Vendors Were Honest About Black Friday

Roger is back- the guy who was honest with us about weddings, insurance, and cars for sale. This time, he wants you to participate in the Black Friday Christmas shopping melee. At least he’s honest about it. I think I’ll stay away from stores this weekend, as I always do after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to buy something just because you want to sell it to me. I’ll buy what I want, just as soon as I win the lottery.

Monday, November 20, 2023