Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Say Ahhh!

The Ballad of Holland Island House



Holland Island sits in Chesapeake Bay, near Wenona, Maryland. The five-mile-long island was settled in the 1600s, and at one time had a population of 360 people and 70 buildings. Erosion ate away at the island, which sat on silt and clay, and the residents moved away between 1914 and 1918. The island’s church was moved in 1922, and only one house remained standing. It was built in 1888. For decades, the water ate away at the island, and the last remaining house finally collapsed in October of 2010. What’s left of the island is now a marsh, home to hundreds of sea birds. See pictures of the island and the house -and the cemetery- at the Baltimore Sun.

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a song and video by Lynn Tomlinson, with music written by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. The animation was done by manipulating a thin layer of oil-based clay. It tells the story of the house, from its beginnings as a home for woodland creatures as a tree, then generations of people, then birds, and finally fish. (via io9)

You Still Have a Chance

How Old Is She?



Wong Fu Productions shows us how difficult it can be to scope someone out, as a guy tries to figure out how old a woman is. Why didn’t he just ask her if she’s in school? That wouldn’t have hurt any feelings. As it is, we get way too much information about her. But there’s a twist: as he is scoping her out, she’s also trying to figure him out! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

X-men's Room

(via Pulptastic)

Baby Clapping Before Birth



What is the sound of an unborn baby clapping? There isn’t any, unless mom and the doctor sing along. Jen Cardinal underwent an ultrasound at 14 weeks in which they could clearly see the baby clapping his/her hands. The singing went on during a replay, and they toggled the ultrasound to make the song work while Dad took a cellphone video. So it’s a remix, but certainly a neat one. Jen says there were three claps in all during the procedure. (via Viral Viral Videos

Miss Cellania's Links

Wrong About Wright. The Wright Brothers did not achieve the instant acclaim for the successful airplane that you might have thought.

Don Draper is no antihero. After seven years, Mad Men’s main character seems less epic and more mundane than ever.

The Oncoming Medical Disaster. The cost of living longer is dealing with more Alzheimer’s cases than we can handle.

8 things you should know if you want to be famous on Instagram. It sounds more exhausting than fulfilling, but whatever floats your boat.

37 Absurd Kitchen Gadgets You Definitely Need In Your Life. They only do one very specific thing, but they might do it well.

An abandoned Viking village in Iceland is not exactly historic, but a film set. The movie was never made, but you can tour the village for a small fee.

5 Theories About Why We Dye Eggs for Easter. Personally, I think we should dye curtains and cats and cakes as well.

James Krupa teaches evolution for non-biology majors at the University of Kentucky. This is more difficult than you might expect. (via Boing Boing)
Fixed Menu. Prison food in the 21st century. (via Metafilter

21 Dogs Who Made Poor Life Choices. (via mental_floss)

Spaghetti Scam

(via Fark)

Confessions of an Idiom



What happens when the elephant in the room confronts the skeleton in the closet? That’s far from the only turns of speech that go head-to-head in this sequence. Someone who is just learning English would be completely baffled! This award-winning video was made by Amanda Koh and Mollie Helms at Ringling College of Art + Design. (via Metafilter

Monday, March 30, 2015

Garden Salad

Good to Know

Rube Goldberg”s Passover Seder



How would Rube Goldberg serve the Passover feast? In the most complicated way possible, of course! This seasonal device incorporates dominoes, fire, liquid, Tinker toys, origami, food, and plenty of imagery of Biblical proportions. Together, it tells the Passover story in moving parts. Students from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Town Planning at Technion in Israel made this contraption, using everything they had and more. There’s a behind-the-scenes video about how they did it, too. (via Digg)

Duct Tape

Horse and Dog

John Oliver on April Fool’s Day



Nothing all that in-depth this week, because the HBO Last Week Tonight wasn’t even aired. In a nutshell, Oliver doesn’t much like April Fool’s Day. (via Uproxx)


Miss Cellania's Links

Better Off Dead: 7 People Whose Death Notices Improved Their Lives.

Redditor mopecore eloquently tells us what it was like to fight in Iraq. (via b3ta)

The World's Fair That Raised San Francisco From the Ashes

In a country where all the animals are trying to kill you, the Gympie Gympie is a plant that just wants to make you wish you were dead. (via Metafilter)

Ten Weird And Wonderful Toys From Japan

These Volunteer Toad Crossing Guards Help Nature Thrive In Philadelphia. The job is like hacking a game of Frogger.

31 Of The Weirdest Foods In America. You might laugh at these one at a time, but together they make it look insane.

How Matchmakers Work. You might be surprised at how many professionals there are in America.

10 of the Weirdest Dance Fads. Basically, the dance can be anything as long as the song is catchy.

10 Extreme Easter Eggs. Some you even have time to try yourself.