Thursday, April 26, 2018

Covering the Hot Tub

A woman in Colorado is trying to put the cover on her hot tub. But it's a very windy day, and Mother Nature is working against her. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

That's Not How Breathalyzers Work

True Facts About the Frog Fish

It's been quite some time since we've seen a "True Facts" video from Ze Frank -years, in fact. He's back with a introduction to the frogfish, a tropical relative of the anglerfish. The frogfish is not only ugly, it comes in a variety of ugliness. You'd better believe that Ze Frank has plenty to say about that ugliness. They're kind of clumsy, too. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Video Store

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World Penguin Day

Today is World Penguin Day! Just ask Benedict Cumberbatch. He should just say "woggin." It's a good time to learn some things about penguins. For example, I knew that emperor penguins were the largest species, but I never thought about what a four-foot bird would be like up close. That's almost to my shoulder! So, in the picture above, piper Gilbert Kerr is about eight feet tell, or else that bird is some other penguin species. There are plenty of other things to learn about penguins, like

5. Fossils place the earliest penguin relative at some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

6. Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supraorbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing.
See more facts about penguins at Mental Floss.

Hush, Child

A Bad Lip Reading of Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional Testimony

The people behind Bad Lip Reading have gotten really good at what they do. In this retelling of Mark Zuckerberg's (or Bojane Bugabe's) congressional testimony, the lips match what they're "saying" perfectly, while the dialogue actually make sense in that setting. And it's funny. They had a ton of material to work with, and they made the most of it. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

The reality of being a man with dwarfism in 2018. Eugene Grant, who has achondroplasia, explains that ridiculing dwarf bodies isn’t funny: it’s prejudice. (via Metafilter)

1960s Board Games For Girls Were Messed Up.

5 Insane Small-Town News Stories You Need To Know About.


(via Fark)

"Alfred Matthew Yankovic"

Michael William Hunter was impressed with "The Hamilton Polka" and came up with the idea of doing the opposite -a song about Weird Al, set to the tune of "Alexander Hamilton." It's the story of Yankovic's life, and it works really well. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Keep Looking

An Honest Trailer for The Incredible Hulk

With Avengers: Infinity War coming out this weekend, Screen Junkies looked back in their records to see if there are any Marvel movies they haven't done an Honest Trailer for yet, and The Incredible Hulk drew the short stick. It was ten years ago that we met this incarnation of the Hulk, back when Bruce Banner was played by Ed Norton -remember that? A lot has changed since then. True Marvel fans won't be surprised by anything in this Honest Trailer, but they may enjoy a nostalgic look back that reminds us of how many movies we've watched since The Incredible Hulk

Reasonable Explanation

(via reddit)

A Spring Drive in Nepal

Springtime in Nepal means that snow and ice are melting in certain elevations of the Himalayas, and the runoff will not be stopped by mere roads, even the infamously dangerous Besisahar-Chamé Road. The cascading water can take out what few guardrails there are. Meanwhile, people have places they gotta be, so a driver powers on through the treacherous path while a passenger films. Grab your armrests for this sequence. (via Laughing Squid

The Eye of Answers

Isaac the Wizard is so smart. This comic is from Tredlocity. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Search Engines

(via Buzzfeed)

How Much Fish

How big would a fish have to be before a cat can't steal it? A Japanese TV show ran an experiment to find out. They left increasingly larger fish out for stray cats to find. The cats dragged off astonishingly large fish, and it's quite funny. The experiment was supposed to end when the fish got too big, but my theory is that all the cats of the area had eaten too much fish by then to consider it worth the effort anymore. But this experiment wasn't stringently-designed for research, it was just a cool idea for a TV show. If you don't understand Japanese, the relevant segment runs from 3:50 to about 15:00. I posted this more than ten years ago, but that copy of the video has been deleted from YouTube.

Miss Cellania's Links

What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet to be more interesting than we ever knew.

A tantalizing casting call may give us a clue to Star wars: Episode IX. In other words: Rey's parentage is back in play. 

How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

Whose Story (and Country) Is This? We shouldn't have to be white, male, and Protestant to matter. (via Metafilter)

What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work. (via Nag on the Lake)

8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

The Dark History of 'America First.' The dog whistle phrase has been around more than a century.

How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.