Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Smart



Morgan Freeman, DJ



Morgan Freeman did a radio contest on The Electric Company in 1971. Sure, he got a wrong number, but ignored it because he has a reading lesson to deliver! (via Metafilter)


Potato Salad



Korean Kids Meet Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish Meeting Korean Kids is the most Humourous thing you'll see
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Kids in Korea get a chance to meet a foreigner, and they have no idea who she is. The bandana marked her as a pirate, which is kind of true, since one of her middle names is Pirate. The full video without edits is here. (via reddit

Inspirational



The Workout Paradox



The US is in an obesity epidemic. If you aren't obese, you are still most likely a bit overweight. How do we lose weight? For years, we've been told it's a matter of diet and exercise. More updated research tells us diet is much more likely to work than exercise, and Kurzgesagt explains why.

But that doesn't mean you can swear off exercise, far from it. Exercise may be only a minor factor in losing weight, but it's a major factor in just about everything else to do with our health. So if you want to lose weight, you'll have to pay attention to what and how much you eat. All of us need to exercise, no matter what our weight is, due to the constant expenditure of energy our bodies have. It must be channeled in the right direction. The length of the video is 9:19; the rest is an ad.  

Desperation



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39 Facts about the Middle Ages



We love to study the Middle Ages because Europe a few hundred years ago was such a weird and busy place. You’ve got the fall of the Roman Empire, early written English, the plague, crusaders and conquerers, myths and legends, and the stuff that we use for our fantasy pop culture these days. John Green gives us some fascinating tidbits to add to our store of knowledge about the Middle Ages, in the mental_floss List Show.  

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I'm surprised this much of it is done by hand. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Forth Grade



Thomas Dambo's Trolls



Danish recycling artist Thomas Dambo builds trolls. Not the kind that want to start an internet argument, but the classic forest trolls from folklore, in very large sizes. And he makes them out of recycled trash! Dambo has used tons of discarded material, the things we toss out without thinking of the environmental impact, to install projects in 20 countries. He also holds classes and workshops to teach others how to make art out of the things the modern world disposes of. The result is a friend in the forest to lure you out into nature. Check out Dambo's projects on his trollmap and at Instagram.  (via Metafilter)

How to Twerk

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The Fourth of July Car Launch in Glacier View, Alaska



In the small town of Glacier View (population 375), Alaska, they've held a unique Fourth of July celebration since 2006. In midsummer, the sun stays out too late for fireworks, so instead they launch cars off a cliff and watch them soar through the air before crashing on the beach below. Of course, there are no drivers. The steering wheel is tied to stay straight, and the gas pedal held down somehow. Spectators gather perilously close to the landing area. This year's launch included a school bus, a police car, an RV, a Barbie Corvette, and a replica of the General Lee. This video shows only the car launches; you'll find a video of the entire show at Born in Space. A good time was had by all.

Parachute



1 to 1,000,000 Piece LEGO Builds



You've seen a lot of creative LEGO projects here over the years. Some are from kits that have exactly the pieces you need, but even more satisfying are the weird and creative things people did with their existing collection of weird-shaped bricks and LEGO pieces. In this video, we get a glimpse into the process of repurposing those odd pieces into something new and different. The first section is about individual pieces and their potential, so you get the idea. I was already impressed in the first minute. But as the number of available pieces grows exponentially, so do the finished products, and these are things you won't find in a LEGO set no matter how much you spend. When the projects get into the 100,000 and up categories, you'll see some truly amazing projects. With versatility and imagination, there's nothing you can't build with LEGO pieces.   


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George R.R. Martin Has Some Very Specific Ideas About Dragon Anatomy. He complains that putting four legs on a three-headed dragon is not realistic.

Astronomers Push to Redefine ‘Planet’—but Pluto Is Still Left Out.

Ten Luxuries Americans Enjoy Without Fully Appreciating. We still have it better than most countries.

10 of the Coolest (Non-Race) Cars We Saw at Goodwood Festival of Speed. Most came from big corporations, a few were mutants, but all were cool.      

A More Comprehensive Evolution of Dance. And it's funny, too.

Making clothes from potatoes: Potato-to-fibre inventor wins Manufacturing Futures 2024 award.

Is a male Nazi high jumper who competed as a woman really behind sex testing at the Olympics? Athletes are facing a new era of 'eligibility policies,' but Heinrich Ratjen was probably not the inspiration. (via Damn Interesting)

No More Than a Litre of Wine a Day, Recommends a 1950s French Sobriety Poster.

What J.D. Vance really believes. The dark worldview of Trump's choice for vice president, explained. (via Fark)

Bonus joke:

I saw a man carrying a long stick. "Are you a pole vaulter?" I asked.

"No, I'm German" he replied, "How did you know my name?"

(via pipeski at Metafilter)



Get a Room



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A Car Ride with Motoki



Motoki puts his heart into his lip-sync performance. And his sense of humor. For safety’s sake, his mother is driving. You’d expect to see something like this on a dance floor or stage, but the clear view and intimacy of an automobile gives us a better view, and his mother nonchalantly driving gives a find counterpoint to his goofy antics. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Memorial




From 1952. (via Undine)

First Exposure to Southern Lingo



I often write about the difference between British English and American English, but the differences in dialect among the 50 United States is just as wide sometimes. Marshall Patrick illustrates this as he acclimates a new co-worker from outside the South. He doesn't know the words Southerners use yet. While we get the humor, it is hilariously undermined by the fact that Patrick is playing both parts, and he can't turn off his natural Southern accent long enough to play a Midwesterner. There are more stories like this in the YouTube comments. I particularly like this one.

When I joined the Air Force I got stationed in Washington DC. I said "You ought not had to do all that" and nobody understood. I had to rephrase it "Thank you. You shouldn't have" Lol
Now that I have one kid in the Midwest and one in the Deep South, I love to see how their language has diverged. They understand each other perfectly, but can laugh when they hear the other use terms they haven't heard in quite some time.



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Everything That Happened After Al Capone Went To Prison



Everyone knows the name Al Capone, and we all know he was a Chicago mob boss during Prohibition. Due to his mobsters' loyalty, corrupt deals with city officials, and the goodwill of the common people he helped out, federal agents could never get enough evidence to convict him of bootlegging or murder. They eventually imprisoned him for tax evasion, and that's you know about Al Capone. His story ends with prison, illness, and death.

But what did he leave behind? What happened to Capone's many family members? Or the gang he left behind in Chicago? A video fro Weird History runs down the folks Capone left behind, and their stories vary immensely


Race Etiquette



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6 Food Dishes I Only Discovered After Moving to America



Laurence Brown lived half his life in the UK before marrying an American, immigrating, and becoming a US citizen. His series Lost in the Pond focuses on the cultural differences between Britain and the US, with the iconic dry humor Brits are known for. In this episode, he talks about the strange and alien foods he discovered in America that aren't eaten across the pond. They are:

1. Clam chowder (there is cockle soup, mostly an Irish dish)
2. Meat loaf (although his images look more like deli loaf)
3. Chicken fried steak (simply a confusing name for breaded steak)
4. Cornbread (corn is to America as rice is to Asia)  
5. Biscuits and gravy ("biscuits" in British English means cookies)
6. Tacos (the lead player in Mexican-American cuisine)

And to think some people say that America doesn't have a unique cuisine. To be fair, most Americans are not familiar with British dishes such as Yorkshire pudding, black pudding, toad in the hole, kidney pie, and spotted dick. Some of us consider that a good thing. There's a one-minute skippable ad at 4:19.

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Find the Girls on the Negatives: The Shocking Origins of Beautiful Photos Found in a Thrift Store.  (via Strange Company)

A Scientist’s Quest to Decode Vermeer’s True Colours. (via Damn Interesting)

The Mugger and the Social Media Influencer.

Photographer Meticulously Recreates Images of Chickens Painted by Edo-Era Artist Ito Jakuchu. (via Everlasting Blort)

The Evolution of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’

How Fly Me to the Moon Pokes Fun at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories. The new Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum film presents an alternative history in which government officials prepared to fake the moon landing before NASA pulled off the feat for real.

A Do-It-Yourself Haunted House Tour in the Basement.

A Real-Life Contest Challenged Gamers to Beat George Costanza’s Frogger Score.

A Bug’s Life: David and Marian Fairchild’s Book of Monsters (1914). Taking pictures of insects back then was a challenge that required thinking outside the box. (via Nag on the Lake)


Black Holes



The Fresh Tank Engine



Today I found out that mixing the theme from Thomas the Tank Engine with other songs is a thing. This version of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is pretty smooth. See more remixes here. (via Neatorama)

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Sunday, July 14, 2024

Ew



The Existential Dread of False Ceilings



The first house I bought was a fixer-upper. I proclaimed that the first thing to go would be those awful drop ceilings and fluorescent lights. Once I moved in, I got a good look at what the suspended ceiling was hiding. Underneath was all the electrical wiring for the home, which was built before electricity was available. That particular project suddenly looked beyond my capacity, so I worked on other projects. By the time I sold the house many years later, the entire place had been remodeled twice, but the drop ceiling was still there.

Ceilings that have been lowered from the original can look good, but most not only look cheap, they look very sterile and corporate, like the office they must pay you to go to. Keep in mind that they are always hiding something. Stewart Hicks gives us the complete history and purpose of false ceilings and their pop culture implications. Just another thing you may to avoid when looking for a home, or at least make concrete plans for them before you commit. The last couple of minutes of this video are promotional. (via Digg)

A Cosmic Groaner

Redditor terrafarma lives on a small farm, so my guess is that he is responsible for this sign. If you don’t get the joke, you might want to listen to the song. If you get the joke, you’ll love the comment flammablepenguins left underneath.

Julie Newmar



A stray dog came into the care of the Wilbarger Humane Society in Vernon, Texas. She was pregnant, and eventually gave birth to two puppies. The dog was very maternal toward the puppies, but then unfortunately died two days later. The shelter staff went into emergency mode, feeding the puppies by bottle around the clock. But that's not optimum for newborn puppies.

Then Animal Control brought in a stray cat named Julie Newmar who had a week-old kitten named Eartha Kitt. Julie Newmar is less than a year old, but she was a very attentive mother to her kitten. She didn't like the dogs at the shelter. The shelter staff took a chance and put the puppies in a cage with Julie, and she took the puppies in as if they were her own kittens! The cats and dogs will be available for adoption once they are old enough. (via Fark)



Boxing

Happy Bastille Day!



You's think a French bakery would understand. (via Cake Wrecks)

Making the World a Better Place with Vandalism



One particular exit off the 110 in Los Angeles was both frustrating and dangerous because not only was it a left turn, it lacked a directional sign that would give drivers a chance to get in the left lane! After years of frustration, artist Richard Ankrom took matters into his own hands in 2001, literally, and added the instruction that the traffic sign needed. Ankrom is a professional sign maker, and went to great lengths to make the sign accurate to Caltrans standards and install it in a manner that no one would question. The result was indistinguishable from a genuine officially-sanctioned highway sign.

This act of vandalism immediately improved traffic flow and the peace of mind of the millions of drivers in Los Angeles  looking for I-5. The new sign probably saved lives, too. Did Caltrans investigate this illegal change to their signage? No, they didn't even notice! Drivers were happy with the change, and just assumed it was official. Ankrom was surprised by his success, and eventually 'fessed up to the project about a year later. He even made a documentary about the project, which you can watch here. The stunt got all kinds of publicity, but Akrom wasn't arrested. After all, he did what needed to be done, and everyone was happy about it. Caltrans left Akrom's sign up for eight years before it was replaced with a new sign that has the proper directions. (Thanks, Brother Bill!)

Handsome



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A Stormtrooper Escort



Nicolas Denton went to Walt Disney World with his family. For the Hollywood Studios Star Wars Experience, he dressed up as Kylo Ren. When a couple of Stormtroopers saw him, they went right on duty, escorting him around the park, parting the crowd, leading him right into the Launch Bay, past crowds of visitors in line, and right into the presence of a much-taller Kylo Ren!

As one of the commenters said, “A fast pass is no match for the power of the dark side.” A good time was had by all. (via reddit)

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Spiders

Another Nostalgia Break



Yeah, me, too, except most of those nights, going to the skating rink was just what I told my parents I was doing. (via Bits and Pieces)

Fierljeppen



Dutch people saw a pole vault competition and said, "That looks like fun but this is the Netherlands; we have to do it over water." And so the sport of fierljeppen was born. It's also called polsstokverspringen, or in English, canal jumping. But seriously, folks, this was once the way to get to the other side of a canal efficiently when there was no bridge. It's far from the only time an everyday activity was turned into a competition, because that's what people do. The poles are between 26 and 43 feet long, and you are supposed to climb it while you are flinging yourself across the canal. Fierljeppen may look strange, but it takes strength, skill, and often a bit of luck to successfully complete a jump without looking utterly ridiculous. Great Big Story talked to champion jumpers Ruben Van Eijk and Mark Van Der Horst about this strange sport and what goes into it. (via Damn Interesting)

Washington



Chef Boi

My clay mascot made me some pancakes!
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This little dude didn't get the memo about not cooking nude. His downfall is not burns, though, it's the mess he made. This very short animation by Guldies is 100% old-fashioned claymation, as we can see in the full video at YouTube. Oh, the finished product is just as short as it is here, but then he goes into the making-of process, which is long but fascinating. Watching a lump of plasticine turn into Chef Boi is a trip. Guldies got caught up in the incredibly-detailed clay kitchen. The furnishings are not painted, but covered in clay for color. The tiles are each individually set! Then we see how the animation was shot frame by frame, including the genius detail of a blur effect while Chef Boi tries to break the more stubborn egg. Then we see the soundtrack recording, and you'll be surprised at how authentic the sound effects are. (via Everlasting Blort)

Frisbee



How Maritime Law Works



The oceans make up vast areas of the earth’s surface that are under no governmental control. That’s where maritime law comes into play. There are zones of the oceans that are controlled by the country on the nearest shore, but they vary depending on how far away from the beach you are. In international waters, some things depend on what country your ship is registered in. Other matters are rules agreed on by various nations, but it’s rare to get all nations to agree on anything. It gets confusing, but Wendover Productions makes it as simple as they can as they explain maritime law to us. (via reddit)

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Friday, July 12, 2024

1876 Personals



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Bethesda Games



Bethesda games are notorious for their bugs and glitches, so much so that some gamers will not buy any new release until the patches and updates are issued. But people buy them eventually, because they have titles like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Oblivion, and Starfield. The company did not seek such a reputation, but kind of embrace it, as evidence that they "embrace the chaos" and lean into creativity. Still, functionality matters.

Viva La Dirt League illustrates how Bethesda games fell by making the company into its own location, called Thebesda, in this episode of Epic NPC Man. Our hero, Reaper9691, is sent on a quest to Thebsesda, one he takes with trepidation because he's been warned. He finds that nothing is as it should be.

Pizza Problem

(via Neatorama)

He is Not a Forgiving Cat



In 1960, Josie Herbst rehomed her cat Blackie with author John Cheever. Three years later, Cheever wrote to Herbst with a report on how the cat, now named Delmore, was getting on. Sanjeev Bhaskar reads that letter for the series Letters Live.


Sorting Hat



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Con Artists, Imposters, and Fraudsters



It's only human to desire an easy path to money, excitement, and a better life. And there will always be con artists who take advantage of that desire, no matter if the plan is legal or not. The common sense rule for these schemes is that if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn't true at all. At least it warrants further research on your part before parting with any money. The title of this video is "The Most Insane Ponzi Schemes In History," but that in itself is deceptive, because the 12 stories include only two people who ran Ponzi schemes, Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. Six or seven were imposters, who profited by being someone they weren't, and the rest were just plain con artists.

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New technology and old tactics have made buying a car a death march of deception. Jase Patrick, who spent 15 years in the business, reveals the dealer secrets. (via Damn Interesting)

Rice Krispie Cheesecake. No oven required.

How All-Female ‘Juries of Matrons’ Shaped Legal History. Courts called on these jurors to determine whether women sentenced to death were pregnant or faking it to avoid execution.

How America’s Fastest Swimmers Use Math to Win Gold. Number theorist Ken Ono is teaching Olympians to swim more efficiently. (via Real Clear Science)

An Abundance of Katherines: The Game Theory of Baby Naming. A research paper by Katy Blumer, Kate Donahue, Katie Fritz, Kate Ivanovich, Katherine Lee, Katie Luo, Cathy Meng, and Katie Van Koevering. (via Metafilter

Taika Waititi is Remaking Time Bandits for TV.

This 1812 Webster's definition of a house cat is insulting to house cats everywhere, even if it may be accurate.

South Park:
Trey Parker and Matt Stone Went to War to Stop the Movie Getting a PG-13.

A Blast from the Past (2016): 12 Celebrities Who Have Officiated Weddings.

I'll Take Him



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How Did Hitler Rise to Power?



How does a tyrant rise to the type of power that Adolf Hitler held over Germany? You take a defeated and fractured nation and unite the people by giving them a scapegoat to blame their troubles on. Fear, anger, and bigotry can lead crowds to do things they would never do as individuals. Hitler was in the right place at the right time, and if he hadn’t taken advantage of the situation, it’s possible that someone else would have. Would someone else have used that power in a different way? It's hard to say, because we know how power corrupts, and how power inspires the desire for more power. (via Metafilter)

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

$30 Bill



Wonder how they figured out it was fake? (via Bad Newspaper)

A Sewage Problem for the Paris Olympics



The opening ceremonies for the Paris Olympics will not be held in a stadium, but outside on the banks of the river Seine. Many of the water sports will also be held in the river. The problem is that the river is often little more than a sewer, and has been as long as anyone knows. You can't old international sports events in polluted water, so Paris has worked for years to upgrade their sewage system for better water quality, but current samples still have unsafe levels of bacteria. So what are they going to do about it? Paris is taking the short-term tactic of making the water safe sometimes, specifically during the games, while also planning for long-range mitigation. Vox takes a look at the problem ahead of the Olympics and what the city is doing about it. This video has a skippable ad from 3:04 to 3:40.


Badgers



Larry of 10 Downing Street



The British government got a new Prime Minister last week when the Labour Party gained a majority in the Parliament. Keir Starmer took over the job from Rishi Sunak and moved into the official residence and office at 10 Downing Street. Prime Ministers come and go, but the staff at the residence remains the same. That includes Larry, the Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. The cat has held the office since 2011, and Starmer is his 6th master of the house. Larry is one of the longer-tenured cats to hold the office of Chief Mouser. He is also the first known to serve six Prime Ministers. Let's take a look at this traditional and honored occupation.   



(via Metafilter)

Doctor



Crazy Wisdom



When was the last time you were really impressed with a skateboard video? Pro skater Andy Anderson built a reputation for his wide repertoire of technical tricks (and for the fact that he always wears a helmet; common sense over coolness), but he doesn't rest on his laurels. He is always developing new routines that are ever more surprising and appear to break the laws of physics. His moves are a combination of balance, fancy footwork, and imagination. Lest you be fooled by the way Anderson makes it look easy, there are some scary falls in the video just to prove that working out these stunts is hard. (via Metafilter)

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Architectural Cross-Section of Kowloon Walled City. Digittized so you can explore the details. (via Metafilter

This Whimsical Harley-Davidson Has A Saxophone For An Exhaust, A Microscope For A Headlight, And More Amazing Repurposed Parts You Just Have To See.

Agatha Harkness Returns in Agatha All Along. The WandaVision spinoff miniseries has a trailer.

Surprise: American voters actually largely agree on many issues, including topics like abortion, immigration and wealth inequality.

A Notorious Haunted New Orleans Home is on the Market. It was once home to Madame Delphine LaLaurie.

Chagrin Falls: "Politics, amirite?" The latest fro Tom the Dancing Bug.

Talking to your infant is likely a modern phenomenon. Here’s why.

“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”: How Jaws’s Most Famous Line Came to Be.

House of the Dragon: if dragons were real, how might fire-breathing work? (via Kottke)

Plant Water



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The Common Chameleon



This “nature documentary” is actually animated. The chameleon’s biggest flaw is its “untamed sense of appetite.” He wants to eat anything that flies by, which turns out to be his downfall. Karma, chameleon! This is episode two of the series Our Wonderful Nature. You can see episode one here. (via Digg)

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I watched this and thought. "It would be more amazing if he caught it." And then he did!

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Lucky Black Cat



From 1914. (via Undine)

Furiosa Gets an Honest Trailer



"The best film to ever be called a disappointment." That's how this Honest Trailer for Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga begins. The fifth Mad Max film and the first without the character Max was a box-office flop, earning $172.7 million worldwide against a budget of $168 million, not counting marketing. It would have had to break $300 million to turn a profit. As it was, half the expense was footed by the Australian government. And the reviews are good, from both critics and audience members.

So what did Furiosa in? Screen Junkies seems to object to a long backstory, too much dialogue, too many characters, and too much bad CGI, although they really don't seem to dislike the movie. Industry analysts believe it was partly due to spending too much on the production in a time when people don't want to go to the theater anymore. And insider wisdom tells us prequels just don't perform well. Anyway, you can now watch Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga on streaming video.

Aliens



In space, no one can hear you yip. (via reddit)

Printing Wikipedia



Randall Munroe's What If project (previously https://www.neatorama.com/tag/What-If-series/ at Neatorama) was asked how many printers would you need to keep up with the real-time edits to Wikipedia. There are approximately 100 edits made every minute, so you'd need a lot of paper, but only six laser printers. The "Wikiprintia" project would require about 300 cubic meters of paper every month, although that would depend on page size and font, too. And manpower, which would also cost money. Commenters recommended moving to the newer ink tank printers, but altogether, trying to keep up on edits using paper is a fool's errand. At the least, we finally get a What If? video where everyone doesn't die. (via Laughing Squid)

Brake Problems?

How TV Went from Free to Unaffordable



Do you recall the days when once you paid for the TV set and the antenna, you got to watch two or three channels for free? We just got used to going to the kitchen or the bathroom during ad breaks. Another bonus from those days was that everyone watched the same shows, including news, so we could discuss them the next day. Now selecting what to watch involves how much you are willing to pay, and that can be a frightening decision when you don't know what shows are worth it. For about 70 years, the entertainment industry has been working on ways to extract more money from each viewer. Matt Mitchell goes through that process for us decade by decade.

Explosive



(Thanks, WTM!)

The Pizza Equation



We know that pie are square, and that’s very important when you’re talking about pizza pie. How do you get the most pizza for your dollar? By doing the math. Yes, you’ll save money by buying a larger pizza, but there are a few other things to consider, as our friends at Uproxx point out.
There are a couple downsides that the video fails to mention. Because when you’re feeding 20 people one pizza, you have to pick one flavor to satisfy everyone. Also, one pizza means you can’t cut the pizza into those satisfying wedges. (Well, you could, but they’d be thin, and you’d look cheap.)
Also, there’s no reason to buy more pizza than you need, unless you’re willing to eat leftovers for a while. But if you are, the extra slices won’t cost you all that much. Just remember to refrigerate it.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Should've Seen It Coming

The World's Largest Geode



I have a lot of geodes around the house, because my father was a geologist. The biggest, about a foot wide, is in the basement, because what do you really do with them? Some are too big to move anywhere, like a geode in Ohio that will remain in place because it's a cave. Hank Green tells us how it happened in the latest episode of SciShow.


It's Hot



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Nostalgia Break



Not that far away, but certainly long ago. This could have been me in the '70s. So many times I would get a dollar's worth of gas. During the occasional gas war, that would allow you to run the roads. (via Bits and Pieces)

What's Happening in Berlin?

WTF does this machine do?
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 What is going on here? A ridiculously small caterpillar vehicle is doing something with a bollard, but we can't figure out exactly what. Redditors have differing opinions, many of them NSFW, but the best is from finger_licking_robot, who confidently explained the workings of the Poller-Kalibrator.

Other commenters figured this was either a protest, a stunt for internet clicks, or performance art. The answer is always C. This was part of the recent Berlin art festival called 48 Stunden Neukölln. The artists are Anton Steenbock and Peter Behrbohm, who collaborate under the name SONDER, and the little vehicle is part of the project called SONDER HARMONISATION. The description of the work is just as baffling as the performance itself.  

You can see more of their projects at Instagram, including a longer, more confusing video of the bollard job. (via reddit)


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This travel vlogger crossed the Darién Gap, the world’s deadliest migrant route.

Hoosier Cat, the Homeless Cat Adopted by Henry Ward Beecher. (via Strange Company)

Nicolas Cage’s 10 Essential Horror Performances (So Far).

The Kitchn has a great pico de gallo recipe, plus the science of how time pulls out the flavors.

Wild Bornean Clouded Leopard Family Caught on Film for the First Time.

A Wife’s Revenge from Beyond the Grave. After her medically assisted suicide, the campaign to destroy her ex-husband truly began. (via Damn Interesting

Justin Timberlake’s Viral Mugshot Is Now a Work of Art.

An Excruciatingly Detailed Breakdown of How NASA Plans to Destroy the ISS.

New species of flying pterosaur reptile discovered in outback Queensland fossil dig. Scientists described it as a  "demon pelican" (via Strange Company)

Suspicious Activity



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Dogs Playing on Slides



Some dogs understand what’s supposed to happen on a playground slide, while others have yet to grasp the concept. It doesn’t really matter; they all are having the time their lives! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, July 08, 2024

Kids Are Awful



40th Birthday

When you bake a birthday cake for someone celebrating a substantial number of years, say more than 12, the easiest way to do it is to put one candle on top, or use those candles that come in the shape of numbers. Or you can put all the candles on and have someone stand by with a fire extinguisher for a good laugh. But these folks went all out. Redditor OyVeyzMeir posted the cake from a friend’s 40th birthday in which firetrucks were standing by for the expected conflagration.

Mozart



Creating Schindler’s List Almost Broke Steven Spielberg



Steven Spielberg has often told us how Schindler’s List was a very personal project for him, but it turned into a very personal project for all who worked on it. Spielberg considered it his magnum opus, but he didn't want to make money from it. That's what Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park was for. The studio folks didn't expect it to do well, so they gave Spielberg a smaller budget than any movie he'd made in decades. How could a black-and-white film about the Holocaust draw audiences to the theater? Too depressing. Yes, it may have been a depressing subject, but the care that went into it resulted in a devastatingly emotional film. Weird History looks at Spielberg's experience, and those of the other people behind Schindler’s List.  

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How to Host the Olympic Games on a Shoestring Budget. The 1948 London games cost less than one percent of this year's Paris games, even after adjusting for inflation.

Oldest living culture: our new research shows an Indigenous ritual passed down for 500 generations. (via Strange Company)

A Brief History of Star Wars’ Lightwhip. Vernestra Rwoh's lightsaber of choice is unlike anything we've seen on screen in Star Wars–but it has a long history in the old Expanded Universe.

What Is the Longest Word in the English Language? (via Damn Interesting)

Stunning Cosplay and Happy Faces: Highlights from Montreal Comiccon 2024!

The Possibly Royal Origins of the ‘Jack Sprat’ Nursery Rhyme.

New Trump Ad Shows Montage Of People He’ll Kill If Elected. The Onion hits close to home again. (via Fark

A Home with a Detachable Office. It rolls away on rails!

AI-generated images on Facebook are fooling too many people. (via Nag on the Lake)

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