Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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Cats and Dogs Research Review. People trip over dogs, and computers cannot recognize cats.

9 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of a Shark Week Cinematographer.

Caltech glassblower's retirement has scientists sighing. (via Metafilter)

The weaponised loser. Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity.

The science of why people insist on making idiotic choices.

Did you know you an play a harmonica with a vacuum cleaner? Once you see these videos, you’ll have to try it yourself.

Why Pop Culture Needs Stories Like Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. We are all peculiar in one way or another.

The Sniper Who Slayed More Than 100 Union Soldiers. At 57 years old, he waged a one-man war against those who killed his sons.

We Waste An Insane Amount Of Food. Here’s What You Can Do About It.

The Game of Thrones Graveyard. If you click on the grave itself, you leave a flower. (via Metafilter)


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J-pop Ghostbusters

Sony Pictures Japan put four comedians together, Tomochika, Oniyakko Tsubaki, Naomi Watanabe, and Shizuyo Tamasaki, for a J-pop version of the Ghostbusters theme. This one’s funny and catchy, unlike the Fall Out Boy theme song for the new movie. (via Flavorwire

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ballot Recommendations

An Honest Trailer for Jaws

As the July 4th holiday nears, it’s time to pull out the movie that ruined the holiday in 1975: Jaws! We cowered in our seats with suspense, even though we didn’t see the shark much at all. That was a great technique -except it wasn’t really the way they wanted to do it. Forty years later, there’s plenty to critique about Jaws in this Honest Trailer from Screen Junkies, but it still comes out as one of the greatest scary movies of all time. (Thanks, Paul Panday!)

Washing Instructions

Redditor Jl889 bought a cloth swim diaper for her baby. She checked the washing instructions tag and found that it was designed to be remembered. And not only remembered, but shared. I’m glad to oblige.


Hey, Mister Snek

Um, don’t tease a snake. This woman found a particularly long snake in her yard in Alabama. She didn’t have to touch it. Snakes can get defensive about that. She was actually quite lucky she was recording with her smart phone. He could have went straight to her face! (via Viral Viral Videos

7 Properties Offered as Prizes in Essay Contests

What do you do when you’ve decided to sell a huge, historic, or expensive property in a small town, but no one can afford it? One trend that’s gaining popularity is to run an essay contest with an entry fee that will cover your costs. The essay part makes the scheme a competition of skill instead of an out-and-out lottery, which is illegal in some places, and they also ensure that the winner is someone who will likely continue the business (though that’s never a sure thing). Generally, the contests stipulate the minimum number of entries required, which would add up to at least the value of the property; if the minimum isn't reached, then the entry fees are refunded.

The upside to these contests is that the property goes to an individual who might not otherwise be able to own such a property or start a small business, and the seller reaps the value of the property without having to sell to deep-pocket corporations. However, it doesn’t always turn out that way. Read about seven such contests in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

Miss Cellania's Links

The Critters Are Coming! Every once in a while, nature goes a little nuts with the infestations.

A shark scientist recommends what to watch or 'loudly criticize' for Shark Week this year. In a week of programming, some shows will be more accurate than others.

The Mysterious Origins of Sausage. No other food is so universal and so funny.

A dachshund somehow makes Game Of Thrones cute. Crusoe The Celebrity Dachshund can play all the parts -even the Hound.

Signs of Emotional Abuse People Often Overlook. Overlooked because they’re focused on the wrong person.

An Investigation of Asparagus Pee. (via Metafilter)

Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Place. (via Boing Boing)

10 Facts About the Original 'Trial of the Century.”

The Deep-Fried Burger. The method is not difficult, but may take a little practice.

The 6 Most Embarrassing Superhero Costume Updates.


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Falling Tide

A young boy isn’t allowed on the train. Will it take off without him? Can he get his parents’ attention? He doesn’t have much time before the waves come in! This surreal story is told in wordless anime style. Animation student Ning Cheng produced this at CalArts. (via reddit)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Smart Noshery

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World's Laziest Wolf Howls

"Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m expected to join in, and my instincts tell me I should, but honestly, guys, I’d just as soon take a nap. Maybe just a little 'woo' will do."

His name is Alawa, and he’s a gray wolf at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, New York. (via Tastefully Offensive)


It's an old joke, but it still made it into a paper. I've heard it using a Navajo who the guy thought was speaking Spanish. (via reddit)



Doping in Sports

The Summer Olympics start in just a few weeks, but doping threatens to pull it down already. The Russian track team has already been eliminated due to drugs. John Oliver takes a closer look on the show Last Week Tonight.

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A Stormy History of Weather Reporting.

The Great Trump Tax Mysteries: Is He Hiding Loopholes, Errors, or Something More Serious? He may as well release the documents; they couldn’t be any worse than what we imagine.

10 of the Strangest Looking Homes in All of Europe.

A Cautionary Tale of ‘Stem Cell Tourism.’ Jim Gass he figured the worst that could happen was that he didn’t get better. He was wrong. (via Metafilter)

The (Very Brief) Republic of Rose Island.

Some rich kids shared the moment that they found out everyone else’s lives are not like theirs. You can sift through the entire thread at reddit or see the highlights at Pref. (via Team Takei)

The 12 Best Civil War Movies. Or, to be honest, all the Civil War movies ranked, until Free State of Jones joins them.

Here Is How To Plan The Ultimate 4th Of July Party. If you’ve got food and drinks, the rest is just window dressing.

When the Mainstream Media Interviews Musicians, Hilarity Ensues. See nine examples of how wrong it can go.

The Texas Slave Who Conned Everyone As a Mexican Millionaire. And other impostors tried to take advantage of him.

We Recreated The Moon Landing To See If It Really Happened

Fifty years after Star Trek debuted on TV, Star Trek: Axanar was made by everyday people to much higher standards. So it only makes sense that everyday people could recreate the moon landing with the latest movie sets and video effects, right? Or maybe it’s not so easy.

Why do people still have doubts that the moon landing really happened? Most;y because it was such an amazing accomplishment. And because the people that populate the internet tend to be too young to remember it. That same internet feeds conspiracy theories about everything being either fake or controlled behind the scenes. The truth is that we had the technology to go to the moon in 1969, but we didn’t have the technology necessary to fake it. (Thanks, Ricky Sans!)