Friday, April 30, 2010

Informational Reading

7 Things You Should Know About The Kentucky Derby. Because it comes around again tomorrow!

The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys. In 1875, 13 out of 15 Kentucky Derby jockeys were black, but in 2009, all 20 riders were white.

Sir Patrick Stewart talks about Shakespeare, and briefly about his other roles. In this interview, he talks about modern variations on the Bard, including MacBeth's witches as nurses and King Lear as a cowboy.

5 of History’s Great Bank Robberies. What makes them "great" is the stories we get to tell about them.

Confessions of a cranky census worker.

Brent Jones doesn't exist: he has no birth certificate, no social security number, and as he graduates, can get no college aid because of his lack of legal documentation. When a newspaper got involved, things started to happen. (via Metafilter)

The Top Ten US Generals, in chronological instead of ranked order. Feel free to join in the arguments about whether a confederate leader was a "US General".

Roman lead ingots mined 2,000 years ago are an archaeological treasure. They are also non-radioactive and perfect for shielding a nuclear particle detector for cutting-edge physics experiments. (via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)

9 Big Names Who Lived Above the (Tax) Law. But only until they were caught.

Squirrels Eating Corn


A time-lapse of about two ours, They are very systematic about it! (via the Presurfer)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Notable Kentucky Derby Non-winners

Horses like Secretariat, Seattle Slew, and Citation go down in history for winning the Kentucky Derby. You might also be interested in the stories of some horses that didn’t win, like the horse who was disqualified over a urine test , the one whose jockey pulled up, and the filly who raced to her death in this article I wrote for mental_floss.

Fun and Funny Links

One trailer for all the movies of summer 2010. And that's all they need to make me want to go!

Neatorama now has its own YouTube page! You could win a prize by leaving a comment.

Enter the URL of any website, and the Geocities-izer will add proper graphics, motion, and sound to bring back that classic Geocities feeling. This site was particularly improved through this application.

Tiger Steals the Spotlight. You might be tempted to watch the principle dancers, but the real drama is in the chorus line.

The Platypus Song. If I have to go around with this song in my head all day, you have to as well.

The BBC produced an hour long documentary about the song Bohemian Rhapsody in 2004. See all six segments of the show in one post.

The headline in the Salisbury Journal read "Dog injures nose". This became the biggest online story in the journal's history, probably because of the priceless comments.

There was at least one sore loser at the Miss Gay beauty pageant in Brazil. If the Miss America show was this exciting, we might still watch it every year.

Summertime


Ella Fitzgerald. No year given for this particular clip.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Good Reads and Information

Everything you didn't know about Doctor Who.

Names Too Long For Name Tags (Even Comically Oversized Ones). Any of these people would have grounds to sue their parents.

In celebration of the Hubble telescope's 20th anniversary, NASA astronomers have selected their favorite space images. As the saying goes, I think I've found my new desktop image.

Facts About Farmers’ Markets. The more you know, the more you'll want to buy something fresh, local, and seasonal.

Chilling Out With Formal-Feathered Friends. There are a lot of things about penguins you didn't learn from watching Happy Feet.

The hump is the tastiest part of the camel, they say. One chef visited a caterer to finally get a bite of the delicacy.

What are the limits of human endurance? A dozen articles look at the different ways we push ourselves and what we can achieve. (via Neatorama)

Scientists from the University of Florida have developed a thin, flexible film that uses LEDs for night-vision technology. We could eventually have night vision capabilities in our eyeglasses or car windshields!

5 of History’s Great Bank Robberies. What makes them "great" is the stories we get to tell about them.

Stormy Weather


Lena Horne from the 1943 film Stormy Weather.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lost Cell Phones: 7 Strange Stories


The story of Apple and the lost, found, sold, and possibly considered stolen iPhone has the internet abuzz. But there are quite a few even stranger stories of people finding missing cell phones. Read about seven of them in this article I wrote for mental_floss.

Funny Links

Instants! are buttons you can push for appropriate sound effects. I have it bookmarked for the overly-dramatic stories my kids tell me.

Holy Kitsch! 5 Campy Facts About TV’s Batman. In 1966, I didn't know what "camp" meant, and I took offense when my parents laughed at the show.

On the science side, a creepy robot has been built to mimic human speech. On the other side, it only took a day on the web to make a hilarious mashup out of it.

You're Doing It Wrong (as seen on TV). A video tribute to those people on infomercials that are so incompetent at everyday activities that they must spend $19.95 for some gadget to help them.

How to park a bicycle with style. What do you bet she'll grow up to be another Elwood Blues?

The Many Views of Abbey Road. The iconic album cover has been an inspiration to all kinds of artists, musicians, and comedians.

Soviet Sci-Fi Animation in the 1980's. These are based on American science fiction stories, so you may be able to follow along, and a couple even have subtitles. (via Boing Boing)

They're coming to get you! Run away! Run away!

Pygmy Loris Twins


How adorable! Moody Gardens on Galveston Island in Texas welcomed rare twin baby pygmy lorises, a male and a female, born March 22nd. The pygmy loris is not an easy species to breed in captivity, but the twins’ mother Luyen has been very attentive to the babies. The lorises will go on display to the public when a new facility is finished in 2011. See more photos and a video at Zooborns. (via Fark)

Monday, April 26, 2010

Good Reads and Information

The United States Holocaust memorial Museum in Washington is hosting National Days of Remembrance this week by welcoming those who liberated the concentration camps in 1945. Some of those US soldiers were of Japanese descent and served while their families were interred in America.

Ten Things You Don’t Know About Comets. And even if you do, you'll want to see the pictures!

A New York pizza chef in Atlanta shares his passion for pizza and everything to do with pizza making. And more importantly, he shares his pizza recipe!

A really sad story, told in two pictures. I wish I knew more about these ladies.

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill spent six years as the prime suspect in the anthrax attacks. Three years after he was cleared, he can finally talk about the ordeal.

Studies with apes and monkeys show that the concept of fairness goes beyond human experience. Chimpanzees not only get upset when they think they've been unfairly penalized, they also object when they are unfairly rewarded over their cohorts.

13 Lottery Winners Who Lost Everything. The kidnapping victim is a heartbreaking story; those who stole winning tickets, not so much.

The Adventures of BeetleCam. A remote control toy vehicle with a camera gets up close and personal with wild animals in Tanzania. (via Cynical-C)

Redneck Kitteh


Wilbur is full it. Ga, that is. (via KittehRoulette)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Words to Describe Kids


Check out some clever words to describe the way kids exasperate their parents. My kids have outgrown most of these phases, but I remember them well!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Friday Fun Links

Baby Got Back is Back, and Sir Mix-a-Lot's got a way for you to achieve that big butt.

David Israel wants a Spirograph so much he started a Facebook page to gather support and convince some manufacturer to start making them again. Yep, we do things differently in the 21st century.

They've found out about my grand scheme. (via Monkeyfilter)

Hey, I wonder if an car airbag could power an ejector seat! This is what your mechanic does in his spare time, which he's charging you for anyway.

If Chatroulette had been around in medieval times, what would it have been like? Wonder no more! (via The Daily What)

Battle of the Album Covers. Classic LPs seem to have an awful lot of violence in them, especially when animated (slightly NSFW).

Humorous units of measurement. Let's all make an effort to use MegaWarhols, MilliHelens, and Beard-seconds in conversation today. (via J-Walk Blog)

Big Mouth performs the song "Banal Na Aso Santong Kabayo" on the TV show Pilipinas Got Talent. I hope this doesn't give you night-mares.

The Typewriter


Jerry Lewis in a scene from the 1963 movie Who's Minding the Store. The song is "The Typewriter Song" by Leroy Anderson.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Toxic Towns: 6 Cases of Polluted Places


Every once in a while, an environmental disaster makes big news, but the effects remain years after the headlines have faded. Here are six stories of what human activity did to mess up Mother Nature, in this article I wrote for mental_floss.

Good Reads

The Thing Without A Name. A figurative look at movie monsters that are like nothing anyone has seen before -and lived to tell about it.

So someone leaves a phone on a bar, someone else picks it up and plays with it, and the next thing you know Gizmodo is taking it apart and declaring this this disguised iPhone is a test model of the not-yet-released iPhone 4G.

4 Common Scams And How To Avoid Them. (via Consumerist)

What looks like a little old root cellar opens up into a first-class bunker to ride out the apocalypse in style. Or maybe they just want some privacy.

"Gainers" are individuals who fantasize about becoming fat. I suppose everyone must have dreams and goals. (via Obesity Panacea)

Next month will mark the 30th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption that buried the area in ash. 25,000 acres was set aside as a research area in 1982, so scientists could see how nature alone would reclaim the blast site.

The 18th amendment to the US constitution which prohibited alcoholic beverages was largely the work of one man: Wayne B. Wheeler. He manipulated the politics of so many cities and states that the federal government was no match for him.

Why America's new baby boom bodes well for our future. Those born now will fuel economic growth and productivity that countries with declining birthrates can't compete with.

Tonto vs. His Tail


This cat needs some real toys ...or maybe a real mouse! (via Arbroath)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Links for Fun

How to make the handle of a ceramic mug. Interesting, I should say!

The process of enjoying a sandwich has never been spelled out so clearly and entertainingly.

The Muppets are a lot more than Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

An octopus snatches a video camera from a diver and takes off. The camera is still running while the photographer gives chase and recovers his property.

Fictional sports can be awesome, because they don't have to follow real-world safety and physics rules. This list is full of sports that would be awesome if they were possible and (in some cases) survivable.

Get ready for an overload of awww. Twin pygmy loris babies born at Moody gardens in Texas have their first portraits published. (via Fark)

How do you pronounce the name of that volcano, Eyjafjallajökull? Apparently, no one outside of Iceland knows for sure.

The game called Obey goes so fast that I didn't even know whether I was doing well or not. Despite constant confusion, I performed extremely well!

Highway to Hell


Performed by Tiny Tim. (via Cynical-C)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

8 Marvelous Miniatures


If you’ve ever owned a dollhouse, you know how fascinating tiny little recreations can be. However, the world is more than a family home! There are artists and craftspeople all over who take a slice of a different kind of life and recreate it in miniature. Take a look at a prison cell, a brothel, an Apple store, and more all in miniature in this article I posted at mental_floss.

Informative Links

The Day Jobs of 10 Mobsters. They had to have something to tell the mother-in-law and the IRS for appearances, you know.

The 7 Worst Things That Can (And Did) Happen at a Funeral. This is one business where there are no do-overs.

5 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About The Lottery. What you really want to know are next week's winning numbers, and those aren't here.

10 Things Every Woman Should Know About a Man's Brain.

9 Worst Coal Mine Catastrophes. Explosions, avalanches, collapses, floods, they come in all manner of disasters.

The 5 Creepiest Serial Killers (Who Were Animals). http://www.cracked.com/article_18483_the-5-creepiest-serial-killers-who-were-animals.html

Breeding the Perfect Bull. The quality of your steaks begins as a combination of genetic science and a cowboy's hard work on the ranch.

Future Force Warrior: A Look At The Soldier Of Tomorrow. I know he's just human with hi-tech equipment, but he kind of reminds me of Robocop.

The Painting Otter


Watch as Oliver the otter creates a masterpiece to be auctioned off for the Pretoria Zoo in South Africa. (via Unique Daily)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Fun and Funny Links

The iPad was apparently developed for the convenience of cats, since the touch screen doesn't require typing, or even opposable thumbs! Watch Iggy the cat use a couple of programs, and even manipulate the desktop on an iPad.

One mistake many people make is to make the words "a lot" into one word. But Allie takes this mistake in stride, because each incident makes her think of an imaginary creature called the Alot. (via Buzzfeed)

There’s a Brownstone in Brooklyn With a Secret Passage to the Subway. It would be so cool to live there, except for the fact that it belongs to the police. (via YesButNoButYes)

The Pac-man ghosts discuss their favorite TV shows. Things can get ugly when you dis someone's taste in entertainment.

Cool Guys on Motorcycles. When the dorkiest guy in a collection of pictures is Mick Jagger, you know you're in for a treat. (via Everlasting Blort)

Bathroom Rules ... and Wisdom. Nothing drives an important message home like kicking them where it hurts.

The Most Awesomest Thing Ever may change from day to day as the tournament continues. You can take part by ranking the more awesome of two things at a time. (warning: sound)

Cats and Pizza.

Standing Cat


I suspect they can all do this; they just don't want us to know. (via Buzzfeed)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Informative Links

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded. The winning stories, features, and photographs are linked if they are available online.

Carl Sagan's classic speech known as "Pale Blue Dot" has been illustrated with movie clips for your enjoyment. Some days, it's very relaxing to feel your insignificance.

Scans of New Hominid’s Skull Find Possible Chunk of Brain—and Bugs. Well, it's no wonder they went extinct, having to deal with zombie insects!

How do you study an extinct virus? They don't leave fossils behind! But some of them have left their DNA in other living things, including humans. (via Boing Boing)

In Defense of Public School Teachers in a Time of Crisis. The best teachers give our kids gifts that can't be measured or tested, but will serve them well for life. (via Metafilter)

Six Psychological Reasons Consumer Culture is Unsatisfying. People worry about how to spend their money, but enjoy how they spend their time.

Photographer Troy Paiva tells us how urban exploration is done, and why abandoned structures have their own special kind of beauty.

Horton Hatches the Egg


From 1942.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Niche Blogs: Awesome Animals Edition

In the continuing series on highly-specific blogs, there are many that deal with animals. Cute Overload and I Can Has Cheezburger? are the “big dogs”, so to speak, but the public’s appetite for cute and/or funny animal pictures, stories, and information is so great that more focused animals subjects have their place, as you'll see in this article I wrote for mental_floss.

Fun Links

The Coen Brothers Meet Quentin Tarantino. A mashup made in movie heaven. (NSFW language)

I'm always telling my kids to read the directions before cooking. Sometimes those directions don't make all that much sense.

Remember the Star Wars Uncut project to make a collaborative shot-by-shot remake of Star Wars? They've released a few minutes minutes of it, made by about twenty different directors.

A lovely duet of hang drums. Only the thought of how a beginner would sound keeps me from buying one.

The Justice League of Appalachia.

Jazmine Sullivan sings "Home" in her school's production of The Wiz. Sure, it's good, but then you should know she was eleven years old at the time, and this was an elementary school production.

Put your shoes on, we've got company! Does Hollywood really not realize how cliched a phrase is before someone makes a silly compilation?

This is a really uncool method of rejecting a job applicant. Check out the reply to see why.

Karnival Kid


The movie in which we first hear Mickey Mouse speak, from 1929. (via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good Reads and Info

7 Disruptive Foods Changing the Way We Eat. Foods of the future are so different they might not even be food at all!

How far does diplomatic immunity go? What was designed to safeguard foreign representatives from harassment has become a license for mayhem.

Talk about a feelgood story, this women went from homeless and addicted to drugs to grad school with a fellowship grant!

How to make a Dalek out of an egg.

The Illinois Poison Control Center posted stories of the 282 calls they took in one day. The calls range from requests for information to emergency room consultations. (via Metafilter)

Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School? An experiment in rewarding performance sparks both criticism and enthusiasm.

Teenage girls can be very sensitive and very cruel. Now there's an online forum that makes both a lot easier, which is the last thing we need.

The Top Ten College Intern Scandals. This is not to say that interns are more scandal-prone than anyone else; they are probably just tempting targets.

Numbats


The numbat lives in western Australia and eats termites. To do this, they have specialized equipment. This video from the BBC series Life of Mammals. (via Laelaps)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Forty Years Ago Today: Apollo 13

The number 13 had a bad reputation long before 1970, but it only got worse on April 13 of that year. Just eight months earlier, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Apollo 12 had a picture-perfect mission to the moon in November. But Apollo 13 had that number. Lift off two days earlier was at 1:13 PM, or 13:13 in military time. Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell noticed the coincidence of the time, but he is not a superstitious man. Besides, lift-off was on April 11th. He, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise were on their way to the moon to explore the Fra Mauro highlands and bring back moon samples. But that's not the way the mission turned out, as you'll see in this article I wrote for mental_floss.

Links for Fun

Cash Cab star Ben Bailey finds out what humans are made of. It makes kicking them out of the cab all that much easier.

TV Characters Who Suffered from Chuck Cunningham Syndrome. If that name doesn't ring a bell, then the producers' schemes have worked perfectly.

Trying to lead someone on when it's clear they aren't human can be hilarious.

These chairs are not stolen goods! There's a perfectly good explanation of how the seller came to possess them.

Superhero or Household Cleaner?

Why men love cats. Even though most would never own up to it.

Fard is a French animated short with no subtitles, but the plot is visual. The action really gets going about four minutes in.

More trivia about the TV show Seinfeld than you ever thought you'd see in one article. You're welcome.

Morphology


Kit Webster overlaid kaleidoscope images on a geometric sculpture. Whatever; just enjoy! (via Everlasting Blort)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Informative Links

A new hominid species found in South Africa may be a link between australopithecines and humans. The two skeletons are two million years old and have been named Australopithecus sediba.

6 Ridiculous History Myths (You Probably Think Are True). Urban legends? Next they'll tell us there's no tooth fairy!

American States That Might Have Been. To think how close I came to living in Transylvania! (via Metafilter)

Babies have sensory experiences even before birth. Practice is required for the development of sight, hearing, and even language acquisition.

Scientists have discovered three new multi-cellular animal species that don't require oxygen to live. They have some features of more primitive organisms that produce energy without oxygen.

Germans, Secret Inventors or Hot Air? UFO sightings in the early 20th century were attributed to German research, but they could have been from outer space!

Behind-the-scenes photographs from the set of Star Trek: The Original Series. There's also a set of blooper pictures, which is even more fun! (via Laughing Squid)

How the Mona Lisa was stolen in broad daylight in 1911. They might have caught the thief if it hadn't taken an entire day for the painting to be noticed as missing! (via Metafilter)

Porky the Fireman


From 1938.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Beverly Hillbillies


This version had a verse touting the sponsor: Winston cigarettes. I don't remember this one. My memory has the "sponsor of the week, great cereals each morning, fresh from Battle Creek, K E double L, O double good, Kellogg's best to you."

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Something for Nothing


Rube Goldberg and is perpetual motion machine! From 1940.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Friday Fun Links

Light the candle, blow it out, then light the smoke trail. Cool parlor trick, but can you imagine how this works in a burning building?

The best and worst Star Wars cakes. Who wouldn't want Darth Vader appearing on a baby shower cake?

Cracked pitches a movie idea that is so ridiculous that by the time you finish reading it, you are dying to watch the film. Lucky for you it's available online, because rental stores have probably never heard of it.

David Thorne tried out Chatroulette, with the results you'd expect from a guy who tried to pay a bill by drawing a picture of a spider.

The award-winning game Small Worlds looks simple with its pixel graphics, but start exploring and the world becomes bigger. I could eat up a lot of time moving around in here!

Math Class April Fools Joke. When a professor sees his shadow, does that mean another six weeks of spring break?

What makes a good internet video? A funny-looking costume, or a cat, or someone falls down. So this video is destined to be a classic.

Christian Van Vuuren (Fully Sick Rapper) has been in quarantine for 102 days. The latest video he made to fight boredom shows signs of extreme stir craziness.

God Gave Rock and Roll to You


Love the song, but the camera work here could easily make you dizzy or sick.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

8 Strange and Different Musical Instruments


Middle school music classes will offer you a trumpet, flute, clarinet, drums, and a few other everyday musical instruments. Learn to play one of them and one day you may be asked to play a very different instrument that you might even fall in love with. Here are eight out of the ordinary musical instruments, from the tromboon to the hosaphone, in this article I wrote for mental floss.

Stefania Rotolo Goldrake


A performance by Stefania Rotolo Goldrake in 1979. (via Butternut Jelly)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Good Reads

78 Things You Didn’t Know About Johnny Cash. Each one of these simple sentences makes you want to know the rest of the story. (via J-Walk Blog)

6 More Restless Corpses. Everywhere you turn, the dead can seem to get no rest at all.

Unpaid internships are a handy way for employers to get free labor, often illegally. Of course, only those who don't need the money can afford to do the work.

5 Secrets of YouTube’s Success. This multi-link tribute goes way beyond what I thought was its greatest attribute: it's so easy to use!

Rocking the House, the Kasbah and the Yurt. A look at heavy metal in the farthest reaches of the earth. It's everywhere!

Scientists have synthesized element 117, which fills in the hole on the periodic table. It could be years before the dust settles over who gets the naming rights.

Of coal mines and methane, which may have caused the mine explosion Monday in West Virginia. Face it, there is no safe and responsible way to extract fossil fuels from underground.

4 Secret Societies You (Probably) Don’t Know About. And that right there is the definition of a successful secret society.

Maru Plays the Tambourine


Is there no end to Maru's talent for entertaining? (via Arbroath)

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Our Adorable Relatives: 9 Tiny Primates


The biological order of primates includes humans, apes, and monkeys. It also includes prosimians, which are smaller, more primitive animals that we recognize as cute enough to be our relatives. See nine of them in this article I wrote for mental_floss.

Informative Links


Why the songs on the radio seem to sound the same. I honestly thought it was just be getting old and crotchety. (via Dark Roasted Blend)

The death of photojournalism. Why would a magazine pay thousands for a professional to take pictures when you can buy one from a Flickr user for peanuts? (via Metafilter)

What Quirk of the Brain Turns People Into Compulsive Hoarders? It could be a set of inherited tendencies that coincide to produce the bizarre behavior.

The TV Deal the NBA Wishes It Had Not Made. The most profitable team in the National Basketball Association has never played an NBA game, and the profits will roll in "in perpetuty". (via Metafilter)

The earliest known survey on women's sex lives was conducted from 1892 to 1920. The 45 women confided things that completely contradict the popular notion of women of that time. (via Boing Boing)

Pigeons outperform humans at the Monty Hall Dilemma. Ah, but they had an edge in that they got to practice all day instead of just thinking it through! (via Neatorama)

Lil' Presidents, from LIFE Magazine. It's surprisingly easy to pick out which president sat for each childhood picture just by looking at those young faces. (via Buzzfeed)

A 6-year-old boy in China who was born with 31 fingers and toes had the extras removed. Here we have pictures before and after surgery, but be warned that post-surgery pictures can be painful to look at.

The Bat


This is an edited condensation of the 1926 film. You can watch the entire movie in parts starting here.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Gone With the Wind


Sure, you’ve seen the 1939 movie Gone With the Wind, who hasn’t? There’s a lot more to GWTW besides the film itself, like the reviews, parodies, documentaries, and historical footage you can see in these videos I posted at mental_floss.

Funny Links

This soccer report was certainly informative.

Boys will be girls, and girls will be boys. How men and women see each other, illustrated with the acting skills of the Harvard Sailing Team.

Feline Mission: Impossible. Cats have always excelled at parkour, so putting together a best-of was a challenge.

What Chewbacca does in his free time.

A to Z of Awesomeness. From Aztecs in Atomic Armor to ZZ Top Zapping Zombies. Zowie!

The game Tremerz is exactly like the movie Tremors, except that it's a video game. You are Kevin Bacon, and you must collect the other movie characters and lead them around while avoiding the Graboids. (via Metafilter)

You have less than 38 seconds to pay to park in Melbourne before getting a ticket. This guy has some ideas on how to get the cash to the ticket machine faster.

A list of things that can give you cancer, at least according to the Daily Mail. Can be summed up as "everything that makes life worth living."

La lune à un mètre


Subitled The Astronomer's Dream, this 1898 film by Georges Méliès explores early movie special effects.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Going to Korea


Knoxville comedian Henry Cho has a one-of-a-kind experience.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Good Friday Reads and Information

5 Virtuous Figures Caught With Their Flies Down (Or Skirts Up). Not that we are care about people's sex lives, it's just that the hypocrisy makes these stories stand out.

Are you a victim of "lifestyle creep"? The first step in getting your finances under control is recognizing whether you are actually living within your means.

10 Jewish Messiah Moments. Still waiting.

15-year-old Phoebe Prince was bullied and harassed for months and finally committed suicide. Nine students were arrested on various charges in the case, but what about the teachers and school administrators who did nothing to help her?

Black lights will make your room look groovy. They also help paleontologists find fossil structures that are invisible under normal light, like the faint imprints where feathers used to be.

5 Deadly Animals That Might Just Save Your Life. Mother Nature knows what she's doing, as long as we follow the rules.

Bill and Amarins packed up their three young daughters and set off on a 7,000 mile journey from Kentucky to Alaska. What's different about this trip is that they are traveling on a bicycle built for five!

5 Animals That Are Terrifyingly Hard to Kill. Fascinating, but it's from Cracked, and therefore has NSFW text.

This is where your pens go.


(via Buzzfeed)

Thursday, April 01, 2010

6 Easter Customs from Readers

After Tuesday's post 6 Easter Traditions You Might Not Know, many mental_floss readers were kind enough to share their Easter customs with us. Now we will share those customs with everyone! Read about sawdust rugs, flying bells, cracked eggs, and fighting marshmallows in this post I wrote for mental_floss.

Fun and Funny Links

I have become an action figure. Go figure.

Here are the winners of the Washington Post Peeps Show. See all the entries in this gallery.

The 7 Most Insane True Stories of Neighbors from Hell. Be careful who you strike up a conversation with at your next block party.

I guess the last line explains everything.

Internet Pictures for Blind People. NSFW. The algorithm might need a little tweaking.

7 Totally Spectacular and Totally True Ways People Quit Their Jobs. Although this post is technically SFW, you might want to shield the article title from your supervisor.

Saturday April 3rd 2010 is International Pillow Fight Day! There will be massive pillow fights in cities around the world, so find out which one is nearest to you. (via Everlasting Blort)

Scratch a cat in that spot they can't reach, and they'll do something amazing in return. Try it with your own feline and see what happens.

Love That Häagen-Dazs!


Gray Gray the cat needs a little help from a friend. (via Look At This)