Sunday, September 19, 2021
The Unipiper is at it again! Excuse me, make that the Unipirate! I don't know if Brian Kidd talks like a pirate, but he's celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day by playing the pipes on his unicycle dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow. (Thanks, Brian!)
Saturday, September 18, 2021
This is not at all like the school board meetings you've seen lately. This is where Chad and JT addressed the Irvine City Council meeting Tuesday about a subject close to their hearts. Or maybe close to some other body part. (Thanks, Tracey!)
Mike Judge made a pilot for a show called Monsignor Martinez (Las Dias Y Los Noches de Monsignor Martinez) and it's only 20 years later that we get to see it. Well, at least the live-action version. The animated version is a recurring bit in the show King of the Hill. Monsignor Martinez is a Catholic priest who kills drug smugglers. Yeah, it's an action series. I would watch it religiously! (via reddit)
You know what they say about the early bird. And I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for worms to come up with a better system. So many animal species rely on the system of "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few," and it works for them in the long run. Not so great for this particular sentry, but hey, birds gotta eat, too! This comic is from Jimmy Craig at They Can Talk.
Who knew that jaguars were such good swimmers? This guy glides along like a ninja, and the caiman on the shore has no idea until it's too late. Luke Dollar of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative narrates footage taken in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. I saw the prey referred to as a crocodile elsewhere, which made me wonder whether caimans were alligators or crocodiles. According to Wikipedia, a caiman is a "alligatorid crocodylian," which means yeah, it's one of them. (via Viral Viral Videos)
(via Nag on the Lake)
For centuries in Rwanda, drumming was an activity reserved exclusively for men. Women were not permitted to touch the drums or even approach the drummers. In 2004, Odile Gakire Katese created the first-ever Rwandan female drumming ensemble, Ingoma Nshya (New Drum) in Kinyarwanda. pic.twitter.com/6yPkHkktjW— Mzilikazi wa Afrika (@IamMzilikazi) September 6, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021
Putting on a seatbelt is just another one of those automatic movements you make when you get in the car, along with turning on the ignition. It wasn't always so. In 1984, people were almost as resistant to seatbelt laws as they are now to vaccine or mask mandates. But it wasn't really the seatbelts, any more than it is really face masks now. The world has plenty of people who just don't want someone to tell them what to do, even if it will save their lives.
Seatbelt laws and smoking prohibitions have certainly saved lives, but the vaccines and masks are even more important because your choice to go along with the requirements or not affects everyone around you as well. Contrarians and those who spread misinformation have already caused hospitals to be full, variants to mutate, and children and the immunocompromised to be infected. And they certainly have prolonged the pandemic.
Click to the right to advance the comic. The capitalist system made work into a competition. The only way to change this culture is to opt out. Time away from work makes better workers, but we all have to pull together to prove it. This story is from Zena Comics.
American CEOs make 351 times more than workers. In 1965 it was 15 to one. (via TYWKIWDBI)
That Time the Nazis Sent Scientists to the Himalayas. They were looking for the descendants of refugees from Atlantis. (via Damn Interesting)
A Roundup of Bad Science Jokes.
An Ancient ‘Tiger God’ Helps Communities and Big Cats Coexist in India.
The Strange Stories Behind 10 Historical Body Parts.
When George Washington Took a Road Trip to Unify the U.S.
Gorgeous Fossil Shows Ancient Bird With a Pair of Super-Sexy Tail Feathers.
North Farmington High School in Michigan has a tradition of letting their senior class wear what they want for their student identification card pictures. The class of 2022 has received their ID cards, and the students have posted them to Twitter.
A blast from the past (2014): How to Celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day. Which is Sunday.
Combine a waterside, a slip-n-slide, and a ski jump, and you get me wanting to do this. It happened at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp. All this fun is enhanced by the song "Scrape the Sky" by Can't Stop Won't Stop. I'm not that far from Ohio, and I would consider even going through the misery of purchasing a swimsuit for this. (via The Chive)