Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Chinatowns in various cities around the world look a lot alike, but while it may be the Western vision of old China, it was never accurate. The reasons behind this require a lesson in the history of San Francisco's Chinatown. It's disturbing, but not surprising. Like so many parts of our history, it was a struggle to balance racism and capitalism. (via Boing Boing)
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
This remix by the YouTuber known as There I Ruined It combined Sir Mix-A-Lot with Leonard Bernstein to produce this mess. It's not the first time that "Baby Got Back" has been given the classical treatment, far from it, but the world has room for one more such project. (via reddit)
Distance learning has been the bane of families with children for a year now, and the setups that make it possible to have classes during a pandemic also make it possible to hold class when weather makes transportation by school bus too dangerous. This sounds horrid for those who remember how wonderful snow days are, like CGP Grey. If you went to school in Florida, here's an introduction to what snow days meant to us. (via reddit)
This is exactly what it looks like. A raccoon in Toronto tore a hole in a roof and tried to enter the attic, where he no doubt thought he'd live the best week of his raccoon life. But his butt was too big for the hole. Yeah, he got stuck, rear end up. The raccoon was there long enough for the homeowner to notice and call a pest control company. Liddle Rascals Wildlife Control Inc. responded and saw that this was a great opportunity for a video. The guy extracted the raccoon in one piece; the roof wasn't so lucky. (via Digg)
Japanese Bomb Found in Missouri Yard. It was from World War II, but it was still live! (via TYWKIWDBI)
Sure, Velociraptor Repellent Is 95% Effective Against Velociraptor Attacks, But Do We Really Need to Wear It to Visit Jurassic Park? (via Nag on the Lake)
Star Wars Questions that Should Never be Answered.
In Japan, Combating the Coronavirus Calls for a Big Pink Cat.
A blast from the past (2015): 4 Women Murderers (and another who might have been).
This musical interlude was produced from the sounds made in a laboratory during chemistry experiments. There are links to the individual experiments at the YouTube page, in case any of them intrigues you. (via Everlasting Blort)
Monday, May 10, 2021
Click to the right to advance the comic. Who knows? This may have been how the actual scene played out in the movies, but we’ll never get a chance to read a velociraptor’s mind. It makes sense, though. This comic is from Strangetrek. (via reddit)
Ridiculous Facebook Group Does Something Good. Boomers as a group are fair game, but looking at someone as an individual makes all the difference.
Why more older couples are getting divorced. (via Digg)
An examination of Sir Mix-a-lot's "Baby Got Back" as a response to racism. (via Boing Boing)
Why Negan Must Die In The Final Season Of The Walking Dead. As in the case of Kylo Ren, repentance does not excuse mass murder.
We Found the Textbooks of Senators Who Oppose The 1619 Project and Suddenly Everything Makes Sense. An eye-opening look at what passes for American history education.
The First Car To Go 100km/h.
Even Wealthy Americans had Worms in the 1800s. (via Strange Company)
The Flight of Aerodrome No. 5. Samuel Pierpont Langley’s flying machine did not have the right stuff.
A blast from the past (2017): 11 Outrageous Ballpark Foods.