Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Robot Shortage

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John McCain Accepts the 2017 Liberty Medal

Senator John McCain accepted the Liberty Medal Monday night in a ceremony honoring him. McCain is 81 years old and is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer. That makes his speech all the more poignant, as if he were giving his farewell address. And he didn't hold back. You might disagree with his political views (as I do), but you can't say he doesn't love his country.

Trump responded to McCain's speech by saying
"Yeah, well I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back," Trump said. "I'm being very nice. I'm being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty."

Responding to Trump's threat, McCain bluntly told reporters Tuesday: "I've faced far greater challenges than this."
Bigger challenges, like a POW camp in North Vietnam and brain cancer. Not to mention putting up with Sarah Palin. McCain doesn't have the time of day to let Trump get to him.

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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

Astronomers Observe Collision of Neutron Stars. The event is described as "a Rosetta stone for astronomy." Watch a video about the discovery here.

Jets Fan Who Stands For National Anthem Sits On American Flag. (via reddit)

How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open. (via Metafilter)

The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

What Facebook Did to American Democracy. And why it was so hard to see it coming.


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Star Wars and The Dam Busters

HenryvKeiper took footage from the 1954 movie The Dam Busters and synced it with audio from the climactic Death Star scene from Star Wars episode IV. Read about the connection at Wikipedia. (via Cynical-C)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Top Chef

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Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

There's a video about New Mexico's musical road that plays "America the Beautiful." It sounds really nice. California tried the same stunt with "The William Tell Overture," but it didn't quite turn as as well. Tom Scott took a road trip to Lancaster to explain why. It sounds pretty bad, and the story of how it happened is even worse. (via Tastefully Offensive)

The Flash

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Wizard of Oz Homecoming Assembly

Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, had a pep rally to gear students up for homecoming. The school's dance team did a great routine with a Wizard of Oz theme. Sure, it's a cheesy idea you'd expect from a high school choreographer, but these kids display some seriously fancy footwork to some truly clever song selections. This may put a smile in your Monday. (via Boing Boing)

Bluebeard's Wives

Performed by students at Beloit College. (via Weird Vintage)

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Amazing Luck! Read about some uncanny coincidences, or what we call good luck.

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared. “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.” 

How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British Gothic film studio.

America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People. (via Metafilter

A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batmen has been spotted marrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman, most of them twice.

John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

High School Students Forced Out For Reporting Harassment.


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The End

A creepy but ultimately touching tale of a scarecrow. (via deputy dog)

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

An edited version of the 1963 Twilight Zone episode starring William Shatner. From back in the days when you could both smoke and carry a gun on a plane.

Tweet of the Day

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