Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Book Title

From 1899. (via Undine)

The Morning Routine Machine

Joseph Hersher of Joseph's Machines goes to way too much trouble to make something simple even easier. Here we see how he gets ready for the day ahead. (via Everlasting Blort)

What's He Doing?

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Good and Evil Robot Dogs

Introducing the Thermonatorm a robot dog that is equipped with a spotlight, laser guidance, and a flamethrower! The "first-ever flamethrowing quadruped robot dog" has a 30-foot firing range and is suggested for wildfire control (what?) snow and ice removal, and entertainment. What could possibly go wrong? Throwflame is taking orders for the Thermonator now. You can get one for just under $10K.   

If that sounds a little too evil for you, maybe this will make you feel better. Boston Dynamics has decided that its robot dog Spot has a brighter future in entertainment than anything else. After all, Spot's dance videos must be making bank at YouTube. Now they are looking to capture business from companies like Disney or even party rental rental places.

This is Sparkles, Spot's new robot dog friend that has the same structure underneath, but comes in a cute blue fur coat and enormous soulful eyes. Spot and Sparkles illustrate the magic of friendship by dancing! Now, does that make you feel better about the flamethrower? No? Me neither.

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The 9 Most Painful Things You Can Ever Experience

A long time ago, someone told me that the most painful things are a spinal tap, a root canal, and childbirth. My mother underwent all three of those, so I asked her which was the worst. She said she didn't know, since she was knocked out for all three. Anesthesia is a wonderful thing. But today my eyes have been opened, because there are a lot of exotic things out there that can cause such intense pain that you might think death is preferable. Chill Dude Explains lists nine things that are more painful than a root canal with no Novocain, and it will make you want to stay inside, away from the ocean, and far, far away from Australia.

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 The Fabulous Fabulist Lawyer Who Wasn’t, but Still Managed to Get a Man Off Death Row.

We’re All Mispronouncing Mount Everest’s Name.

Every Fallout Game Ranked Worst to Best.

A Device to Inject Ketchup Into French Fries.

In 1937, 24-year-old Charlie Johns married nine-year-old Eunice Winstead. (via reddit)

How to Make Perfectly Fluffy Mexican Red Rice in Under 30 Minutes.

TikToker Got Rid Of Her Chevy Tahoe After Paying Over $50,000 In Interest.

The Fall of the Queen of Airbnb. (via Metafilter)

Endangered Ocelots May Be Expanding Their Range in Texas.


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Top 10 Casting Decisions of All Time

Finding the right actor for a particular role is crucial to producing a great film. How do the perfect roles and the perfect actor come together? Cinefix looks into the stories behind the best casting decisions. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Monday, April 29, 2024

You'd Think So

The Best Fight Scene in a Feature Film

If the Three Stooges were to make a Bollywood movie choreographed by Nintendo. (Thank, Brother Bill!)


Deciphering Animal Dreams

You've no doubt seen your cat sleep and make body movements and noises as if they were dreaming. I have two cats that talk in their sleep, mostly humming sounds, and I once caught one chattering in his sleep. Will we ever know what they are dreaming about? You might be amazed at how well science has figured that out. By recording brain waves during the activities an animal does while awake and comparing them to brain waves recorded during sleep, we can match them up and see what's going on with our critters. Rats replay the new tasks they've learned that day. Birds sing their songs in their heads while they sleep. Cephalopods practice threat response while they sleep, which sounds like a nightmare. Cats also replay their daytime activities in their sleep, as Savannah Geary of SciShow explains. This video is 6:45; the rest is an ad.

Dressing for the Occasion

Serious Cat Chase

Someone attached a tiny camera on their cat's collar, which is always pretty interesting, at least if you know the cat. This one captures a dramatic encounter with another cat that starts with a challenge and then proceeds into a dizzying chase scene. No, you won't be able to keep up with the target because you do not instinctually chase small moving targets through the wilderness like a cat is born to do. You can hear the camera-cat begin to breathe heavily, but he is not giving up. The only winner is the camera owner, because the got a viral video out of the incident. So far, this video has racked up 50 million views on Twitter and another 50 million on TikTok. (via Digg)

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A Look Back at the Y2K Problem.

Precious rescue dog stuns a woman at work when she looks for her lunch on pet cam.

Kath Holden Lives a Life in Miniature.

James Bond’s Jetpack Escape in Thunderball Almost Didn’t Happen.

Two Historic Araby Rock Homes Are on the Market.

Post vs. Post
: The Real-Life Breakfast Betrayal Behind Unfrosted, Netflix’s Pop-Tarts Movie.

70 Years Ago, Old Faithful Caretaker Kept Elderly Elk And Coyote Alive With Pancakes. (Thanks, WTM!)

People Are Sharing The Worst “Crimes Against Food” They Can Think Of.

Tragic Curse Fulfilled: Adventurer Meets Grisly End After Disturbing Ancient Mummy’s Rest. (via Strange Company)


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How to Save Your Shows

Brian de Vera works at the radio station at San Diego State University. They asked him to produce an employee training video. Since this is just one piece of instruction, they probably expected a clip of about 15 seconds max to compile with other clips. What they got was a fully-produced quasi-action film with special effects, subtle memes and tropes, and retro VHS titles and credits (which go on all their videos). Whether this ends up in some instruction video or not, they deemed it worthy of YouTube. There’s a lot in this video that might fly past you on the first viewing, but you have to take note of his shirt. (via reddit)

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Your Choice

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Why They Cut The Real Ending Of The Lord Of The Rings

Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings were over the moon watching Peter Jackson's movie trilogy that told the story. But in 2003, when the series wrapped up with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, they were surprised that a chapter near the end of the story, known as "The Scouring of the Shire," was not in the movie at all. Why was that? The simple answer is that the trilogy was already almost nine hours long, and it could have been ten if they had included everything. But there were other reasons, having to do with the difference between a book and a movie. Nerdstalgic explains what the Scouring of the Shire was all about, and goes through the reasoning behind deleting it in the movie version, from the simple, practical matters to the more nuanced artistic thinking behind the decision, which is the most satisfying of all. (via Digg)

Early Internet Focus Group

The ability to connect computers together over long distances opened up a whole new world: the internet! The possibilities were endless- people could communicate with others around the world, get access to news and educational material, and who knows what else. When everyday people have the power of this worldwide web in their hands, they could come up with amazing and creative new ideas for using it. To get the opinions of the general public, Ryan George recreates the focus group that laid out what people would do with the instant global power of the internet.


Costco's $1.50 Hot Dogs

Costco will sell you an all-beef hot dog and a drink for just $1.50. You have to admit that's a cheap lunch. I was surprised to learn that the price has been the same for 40 years! Still, 40 years ago, that would have been considered expensive for a hot dog, until you calculate the assortment of condiments available and that you get free unlimited soda refills, and there you have a bargain even in the early '80s. But now Costco is definitely losing money on each hot dog. To explain why they refuse to raise the price of their dogs, Weird History Food dips into the history of Costco, and indeed the history of warehouse clubs as a entire category of store. Now I want a hot dog, but alas, I have never been to Costco because the nearest store is more than an hour away. 


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The Tesla Time Machine

This is what happens to a guy who was probably an adolescent when he saw the movie Back to the Future and really, really wanted a DeLorean but all he could get hold of was a Tesla. So Supercar Blondie had his favorite mechanic shop convert the Tesla into his image of a badass time machine, complete with DeLorean branding and even a vanity plate. It may not be jet-powered, but it's got flamethrowers coming out of the rear! It's also got a "flux capacitor," the "garbage to energy" converter from Back to the Future 2, all the dashboard controls from the movies, and even a hoverboard stashed inside. They went to a lot of trouble to make the electric car sound like a gas-powered machine, because the noise is important.

The Tesla part is in the first eight minutes. Keep watching to see a conversion car from Resident Evil. It has a gun rack, a rocket launcher, an armor cage, and more apocalyptic details. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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80 years of Alfred

Alfred Pennyworth is the hero we need. A very proper British butler, Alfred handles all the details behind the scenes for Batman, I mean, Bruce Wayne. He has wise advice, the answer he’s looking for, an opinion worth listening to, and takes care of all his employer’s needs, all the while making Bruce take all the credit… and indeed, even letting him believe he’s the brains of the outfit.

In this video, we get to see the various incarnations of Alfred Pennyworth through the various versions of Batman. Practically perfect in every way! Oh, yeah, that’s Mary Poppins. But she never had to sweep out the bat cave. Alfred deserves much more credit than he gets. (via Geeks Are Sexy)   

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Saturday, April 27, 2024

All American

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Meet Tippy

Tippy is the cute mascot for the new tipping culture in which anyone and everyone wants you to just pay more than the agreed price for every service imaginable. (via Neatorama)


The math doesn't add up, but when has that ever stopped anyone from such foolishness?  See also: How to pick up a duck. (via reddit)

Time-Lapse Engine Restoration

You can get a lot of satisfaction in restoring an old engine. Or watching one! This small block 283 engine came out of a '66 Chevelle and sat on the floor for 25 years before the restoration project. Some pretty specialized machine tools were required to carry out the restoration. You have to admire these guys' know-how and dedication to the project, but you also have to admire the craftsmanship in making of this utterly mesmerizing video. It couldn't have been at all easy. You can almost feel the tension between the gearheads waiting to do their thing while the filmmaker lines it up perfectly. The result is worth the wait. (via Boing Boing)

Eating Healthy

It Wasn't Me

Trump consults with Putin about his legal troubles and they break out into song in this deepfake video by Swede Mason and Jason Spacey. (via Fark)


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The Ray-Cat Solution

I posted a while back about a project to brainstorm methods for warning future civilizations about the dangers of nuclear waste dumps. It said, in part,
But the strangest suggestion by far came from two European linguists. They argued that governments around the world should breed cats that turn colors when exposed to radiation. These so-called “ray cats” could then be immortalized in song and legend, so that even after the scientific knowledge of radiation had been lost to the sands of time, folklore would tell of their supernatural power to change their fur in the presence of extreme danger.
Matthew Kielty investigated the “ray cat” solution, including tracking down Paolo Fabbri, the man who first conceived of the idea. Kielty posted about it, and people started trying to make it happen. Emperor X produced an album of music about the ray cats, that includes the song “Don’t Change Color, Kitty!” Biologist Kevin Chen is looking into how we can make those cats a reality. He’s looking for collaborators on the project. (via Metafilter)  

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Friday, April 26, 2024


Smart Bees

Honeybees are incredibly talented for insects. The manufacture honey and they communicate with each other by dancing to tell their hive mates where to find flowers. But bees can also be trained to do things that bees won't normally do by instinct, like solve puzzles or play ball games. The research on bees' dances have led scientists to focus on how they can judge and communicate distances. Experiments that test a bee's geolocation ability is how we found out that bees have some understanding of numbers, which is rather mind-blowing. I'm also very impressed by the scientists who managed to figure out what the bees are saying when they dance. This episode of Ze Frank's True Facts series is unusually wholesome, almost devoid of salacious jokes. Honeybees are probably smart enough to appreciate that. There's a one-minute skippable ad at the 5:15 mark.

Family Tree

Yeah, it's possible this has been edited. It would only take removing a couple of short vertical lines to make this legal. (via reddit)

Owlet Gets a Foster Dad

You'll love this story that teaches us how a wildlife expert treats an orphaned baby owl. To keep it from imprinting on humans, it is fed by a stuffed owl. It also sleeps with a plush owl toy that has a heartbeat. It's not mom, but it's better than nothing. And Raven Ridge Wildlife Center has more tricks up their sleeve- a foster father! Pharaoh has proven himself to be attentive and gentle with baby owls, and this chick is in good hands with him. His influence is important, because this is how an owlet learns how to be an owl. Check out more owl stories from Raven Ridge Wildlife Center at Instagram.

Ole MagDonkle

Sometimes the farm animals just won't cooperate. But look who's tending them! This farm might be an alternate universe, the kind with no punch line, but it made me laugh. The comic is from Jolly Johnny at Jolly Biscuit. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Wrong Number

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Surprised by a Gun

When we disturb the tombs of ancient mummies, we fear a curse or worse, but we also forget that they were people of their time when they were alive. They had no concept of guns. Sure, you can't kill a mummy, because they are already dead, but it can sure hurt them, and baffle them besides. This mummy has to recalibrate and ponder the possible technological innovations that have occurred since he was buried. But he's still supernatural, otherwise he wouldn't have known the date of his death was 2,600 BC. Think about it.

You might recognize the rotoscope technique of Joel Haver in this video. Redditor WiiFitBalanceBoard, who made this video under the name of Cool Giant at YouTube, says he made this after watching Haver's animation tutorial. (via reddit)

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City removes and preserves Chicago Rat Hole after complaints from neighbors. (via Fark)

The barely visited US national park that requires a passport. (via Damn Interesting)

Many nursery rhymes are credited to Mother Goose. But was such a fowl figure ever even real?

Confronting the fact that your life isn't all that impressive.

When Do We Stop Finding New Music? Your favorite music will always be from the time you were 13 or 14 years old. (via Metafilter)

Pee-wee Herman Enters the World of Cyberpunk 2077. The video contains some NSFW language.

US fertility rate dropped to lowest in a century as births dipped in 2023.

Porcelain Gallbladder Found in Human Remains in Mississippi Asylum Cemetery.

The myth of the second chance. Some mistakes really do affect the rest of our lives. (via Kottke)

Telling the Kitten

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Dog Wants to Play Fetch

This dog really wants to play fetch, but that’s not a child! That’s a doll! Elsa’s not going to throw that toy for you. Must be a pretty good likeness to the dog. I wonder how many people in this house he already solicited for the game. I hope after this clip was recorded, someone took pity on the pup and threw the toy for him. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Some cats startle easy.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

Honest Trailer for Dune: Part Two

The audience consensus is that Dune: Part Two is an even better movie than Dune. It made all kinds of money in theaters, then went to streaming a mere month after its premiere, which just illustrates our modern lack of attention and patience. So what does Screen Junkies think? You get the idea that they really liked it. This Honest Trailer doesn't pick apart the filmmaking as drastically as they do with most movies, but does go deep into the really insane universe of Dune. You have to admit it is a weird place.   


Felix The Ghost Breaker

Felix the Ghostbreaker
is a Felix the Cat cartoon from 1923, directed by Pat Sullivan. This version has a spooky modern score composed just for this 'toon by Mickey E.Vil of The Mugshots. Felix makes the mistake of looking for a resting place in a cemetery, although not a final resting place. The ghost he stirs up proceeds to haunt a nearby farm until Felix saves the day. It takes a while, because after all, Felix is just a cat and not all that smart to begin with. A clown car full of police can't stop the ghost, but Felix treats us to a Scooby-Doo ending that shows such subterfuge was a trope long before the Mystery Machine.      

The Perfect Date

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If HAL-9000 was Alexa

HAL-9000 was the computer who ran the ship in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was cranky and rebellious, but we wasn't nearly as annoying as the real virtual assistants we have a half-century later. (via Nag on the Lake)

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The Family That Cosplays Together Stays Together.

Hospital staff plead with bite victims to stop bringing snakes to emergency departments. (via Boing Boing)

Roy Scholten's LEGO Letterpress Birds. (via Metafilter)

Why The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 Might Be The Worst Car Of The 21st Century. Almost all commenters agree on this model's shame.  

Tom Curtis renders his kids' drawings as something akin to a photograph, by adding color, contours, and backgrounds.  Go to Instagram to see what he's done with artworks submitted by children from all over. (via Nag on the Lake)

Ode to a Faux Grecian Urn. McMansion Hell focuses on a 12,700 square foot monstrosity.  

The World's Getting So Hot, Scientists Needed a New Color.

Nestlé baby foods loaded with unhealthy sugars—but only in poorer countries.

Let’s Entertain the Theory of the Tartarian Empire for a Moment. It was supposedly the land of unlimited free energy until the powers that be suppressed all knowledge of it. 

Crazy Logic

A mashup of Gnarls Barkley, Supertramp, The Who, and Rockwell. It’s not at all logical, but it works. 

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Warning Sign

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Theo and His Bowls

Most pets love their bowls for the simple reason that the bowl is where to food is. They don't like empty bowls. But Theo the bulldog is different. He really loves his bowl. Or your bowl. Or that other bowl. Theo had several metal bowls that he carried, played with, and even slept with. But it was a glorious day when his human Andrew received a shipment of twenty new metal bowls of all sizes! Andrew must be a very patient man, to put up with the racket all those bowls make, but he loves Theo, and we make sacrifices for those we love. You can keep up with Theo and his bulldog buddies Rosie and Mortimer at Facebook and Instagram. (via Metafilter)


When your fantasy group includes certain species with certain biological differences, telling the truth can be a humiliating experience. Even when you don't tell the truth. This comic is from Ché Crawford at The Immortal Think Tank. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


I never forget Irish coffee exists. (via She Who Seeks)

Horror Dance

B Unique Crew is an Indian dance crew with three dancers and one genuine contortionist. They achieved notoriety with this horror dance on the Indian TV show Hunarbaaz: Desh ki shaan (Pride of the Country) a few years ago. They are using modified traditional dance moves to illustrate a classic story that was retold in the horror comedy movie Bhool Bhulaiyaa.

The judges were properly horrified, but the crew didn't win. Since then, B Unique Crew has appeared on various version of the Got Talent franchise in different countries. See more of their dance routines at YouTube. If you dare. (via Digg)


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The Adele/Bieber Passover Mashup

Passover has begin, and will run until the 30th. Aish tells the Passover story to the tunes of Adele’s “Hello” and Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” using clips from The Ten Commandments, starring Charleton Heston and Yul Brynner. Does that sound weird? It is. But it’s clever and rather well done.  

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Since 1955

Jon Stewart at the 1997 White House Correspondents' Dinner

This Saturday night is the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner. It's always a hoot to see, but rarely stays with you except for that one in 2011 when Seth Meyers roasted Donald Trump and then Obama did as well over his racist "birther" conspiracy theory, lighting a conflagration we are still trying to put out. But back in 1997, the organizers were at their wits' end when Rosie O'Donnell pulled out of hosting at the last minute, and then Dennis Miller turned down the offer, so lesser-known comedian Jon Stewart stepped in when he was needed. The humor is good, but very topical, and won't make much sense unless you remember 1997 and the scandals that were in the news at the time. But for those who do, you can see how this speech put Stewart in the political map. He later got the hosting job at The Daily Show. (via Cracked)

Vision Test

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Hector the Farmer

I hope the cargo arrives safely at its destination. The driver seems to have experience in the profession.
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This little farmer has a way with the animals. Every rabbit and chicken gets a kiss before they head out, and the ducks and goats provide an escort. Original video from TikTok by Alexandro Borges. There's a lot more where that came from. (via Everlasting Blort)

Sitting in a Tree

We all known the rhyme, a sort of childhood chant. But did you know that you can vary the meaning just by substituting the spelling? There are many verbs that fit, but use caution in your selection. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Curse You, Cursor!

An Alchemists's Confession

"I was human once" begins a soliloquy from a successful alchemist who developed an elixir that gave him immortality and magical powers. What would you sacrifice for immortality and magical powers? We find that the price was quite high, and he wouldn't do it again if he had a choice. You can't appreciate the value of time when it's unlimited, and all the power in the world doesn't help you in your relationships with other people if you are no longer human.

Cory Williams of Daydream Studios made this animation in just five days with the help of various modern animation tools, including Unreal Engine. You can see a behind the scenes video here. It will give you a new appreciation for the technology, and you will surely appreciate Williams' voice work. (via Laughing Squid)

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How Jewish Soldiers Celebrated Passover in the Midst of the Civil War.

The Nuclear Test That Vaporized an Island. The first hydrogen bomb was nicknamed Ivy Mike.

When is a Stately Home Not a Stately Home? Learn the difference between a stately home and a manor house. (via Strange Company)

A Most Sinister Hot Sauce from a Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Coffee Shops Make You Want To Poop? That’s The Mariko Aoki Phenomenon. (via Nag on the Lake)

Hoarding can start in childhood – here’s why early intervention is so crucial for all age groups. (via Damn Interesting)

The First Full Trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine. Contains lots of NSFW language.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees for 2024. (via Fark)

50 Modern Passover Recipes To Spice Up Your Meals All Week Long. Chag Pesach Sameach!

Guilty Parties

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Could You Outrun A Fart?

AsapSCIENCE investigates the questions we didn’t even think of to ask. Can you fart and run away fast enough to escape the smell? They use chemistry, physics, and math (as well as a few puns) to calculate the speed and diffusion of farts. Best quote in this video: “Farts are like snowflakes.” Yeah, right.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Makes Sense

Why do you think they call it jet lag? (via Bad Newspaper)

How to Use a Sidewalk

James Parris brings us a modern parody of 1950s instructional films. This takes me back to the days of teaching my little kids to use a sidewalk, along with traffic safety. Those lessons went into overdrive when I took them to New York City. The things we consider common sense are not common when you're young and never had to think about them before. Stay to the right. Don't walk three abreast in the city. Do not block an escalator. And whatever you do, don't just stand in a doorway! (via Neatorama)

Your Problems

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It begins with the atoms in your morning coffee, then take a detour through your body, or maybe just your imagination, and then somehow leads us into an alternative version of nature. That's when things get weird. The animated short film Cosmohedron by Duncan Hatch is disorienting because you never know where it will go next, but the bright colors and range of images is enough to keep you watching. At the very end, it all comes together, but that doesn't mean it makes any more sense. Does it have a message? I doubt it. (via The Awesomer)

I Can Help

Your cats just want to be useful to you, and help you out anytime you need. This comic is from Li Chan at exocomics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


The Screaming Mummy

A mummy excavated near the Valley of the Kings in Egypt is still a mystery. No one knows who he was in life, so his remains were labeled as "Unknown Man E." Certain details about his burial suggested that he was a person of dishonor for some reason. Some theorize that he was a royal assassin, or at least a scapegoat for an assassination. But aside from speculation, Unknown Man E remains a rare example of a mummy found in an Egyptian royal burial ground that hasn't been identified. But what about the screaming part? That has a perfectly logical explanation, but not one that makes us feel better about him.

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Charlotte Braun, the Peanuts Character Who Met a Gruesome End. (via Strange Company)

5 Times Falling Space Junk Effed People Up.

The Exceptional Golden Sahara II Concept Car Had Luminous Tires and a Cocktail Bar.

Married people try role-playing. (via Nag on the Lake)

Momo the Cat Loves to Make Hand-Thrown Pawttery.

Happy Birthday, Brittany!

40 Times Individuals Demonstrated A Stunning Lack Of Knowledge In Geography.

Hand-embroidered artworks by Francine LeClercq capture surveillance cameras' footage. (via Kottke)

Mutated Strains of Unknown Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found Lurking on ISS. Sleep tight, y'all. (via Fark)


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100 Greatest One-Liners: After The Kill

Last month, we had a supercut of iconic movie lines delivered just before the star killed someone. Now it’s time for the next step: iconic movie lines delivered right after the star kills someone.

Often, the line is a continuation of something said right before the shot is fired, or maybe it’s a pun. But if you’ve seen these movies, you remember those lines well. Burger Fiction had all the raw material ready from researching the previous supercut. A list of the movies used is at the YouTube link. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Sunday, April 21, 2024


And an old song begins to play...

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One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez is considered one of the greatest novels of all time. It is long, complex, and written in a prose that borders on poetry. Although it was first published in 1967, it was never adapted to the screen, mainly because García Márquez (who died in 2014) never sold the rights to the story, but also because the story of seven generations of a family was considered unadaptable. But Netflix is taking a crack at it, with a 16-episode television miniseries in Spanish. We don't have a release date yet, but those who have read the book fear that in the hands of Netflix, it will pale in comparison to the novel. They warn us that we should all read the book before seeing the series. (via Nag on the Lake)


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The Ghoul

Amazon Prime's new series Fallout, based on the video game, is taking the television audience by storm. Viewers are especially captivated by the mysterious character known as The Ghoul, played by Walton Goggins. He looks half-rotted, which is only appropriate as the character is more than 200 years old. He began life as a man named Cooper Howard (also portrayed by Goggins in flashbacks), who survived the nuclear apocalypse that destroyed civilization. He is a mutant who makes a living as a bounty hunter, but his backstory is way more complicated, having been involved with the corporation Vault-Tec that made the Vaults.

In this featurette from Prime Video, we get a glimpse at the prosthetics that transform Goggins from the 20th century Cooper Howard to the weathered, noseless, 200-year old Ghoul. Goggins also talks about his damaged character and what he represents in the show