Thursday, February 28, 2013

Statistics

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The Beatles Argument



Experimental band CDZA strung together 17 Beatles songs to supply the lyrics for this dinnertime spat. (via Daily Picks and Flicks



Colombia

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Breakfast, Lunch, and Hugs



Tim Harris has Down Syndrome and a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Tim's Place bills itself as "The world's friendliest restaurant." Seeing the joy Tim puts into his work, I can believe it! However, Tim didn't just luck into his position -he gained as much experience as he could by working at various restaurants and attended Eastern New Mexico University to earn certificates in Food Service and Office Skills. (via reddit)




9 Cute and Clever Snowmen

Now that we've reached the end of February, it's time to round up our favorite snowman of the season before we bid them goodbye. Oh, we won't miss the cold weather at all, but it's nice to have the photographs of clever snow sculptures -after all, in August when we're sweltering under the sun, we can pull these up and admire them again! Meet nine of the best in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Family Portrait?

Perspective

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The Three Stooges in The A-Team



Makes sense to me! (via The Daily Dot)



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A Few Things You May Not Know About Seth MacFarlane.

You think kids these days have strange names? Read about this family! (via Metafilter)

28 Reasons Kentucky Is The Weirdest State In The Country. Then there's #29: I live here.

Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video.

More of Ol' Jay's Brainteasers.

The Ultimate Fictional Baseball Team. This dream team is composed of the heroic and talented players from baseball movies we know and love.

Viral Video Stars Then and Now. They don't look different, but many have parlayed their moment in the sun into careers or or reality TV.

Making Roadkill Beautiful. Photographer Marian Drew takes dead animals, cleans them up, and places them in lovely settings for their final portraits.

Kimmies Harpin’ Boontling: A Dying American Dialect? Learn a little about the language spoken by only about a dozen people in California.

The disturbing rise of anorexia among very young children. It's too easy for kids to pick up our obsessions without really understanding them.
The Ultimate Fictional Baseball Team. This dream team is composed of the heroic and talented players from baseball movies we know and love.
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Viral Video Stars Then and Now. They don't look different, but many have parlayed their moment in the sun into careers or or reality TV.
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Eat Like a Greek: The Mediterranean Diet That Could Save Your Life. A new study touts the benefits of olive oil, nuts, and red wine.
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Making Roadkill Beautiful. Photographer Marian Drew takes dead animals, cleans them up, and places them in lovely settings for their final portraits.
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PBS made a cartoon explaining the the tongue-eating fish parasite Cymothoa exigua. Yeah, it's gross.
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Kimmies Harpin’ Boontling: A Dying American Dialect? Learn a little about the language spoken by only about a dozen people in California.
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Lago Epecuén: The Lake That Drowned A Thriving Tourist Village. And then 25 years later, it reappeared -wrecked, but recognizable.
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8 TV mashups almost as good as the originals. The Three Stooges starring in The A-Team? Yeah, I'll buy that!
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The disturbing rise of anorexia among very young children. It's too easy for kids to pick up our obsessions without really understanding them.

Attention Grab

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Rope Swinging in a Canyon



Devin Graham, also known as devinsupertramp, brings us the adventures of a group of extreme cliff jumpers and their 300-foot rope swing. And they did it over and over to make sure they got all the right camera a angles. You can see a behind-the-scenes video with more information. Do not try this! I saw Wile E. Coyote pull this stunt in a film more than once, and it always ended with him slamming face-first into the cliff wall. (Thanks, Dallin Smith!)



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bring the Lysol

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Baking a Cake

Lion Cub's Ferocious Roar



Don't make fun …he might remember it years from now when he's the apex predator of the savannah.


And Lots of It!

The Hunter-Gatherer Provides

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Harlem Shake in 2015



Yeah, the Harlem Shake in LEGO might be a neat thing to watch! From the team at Bold Choice, here's a lesson in what can happen when you spend too much time and effort on your video projects in the era of 15-minute memes. (via The Daily What)



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Biology of the Family Chiaceae (Chia Pets).

On Purposely Getting Arrested, to Get Life-Saving Surgery.

Have Freddie Mercury’s Ashes Been Found? A plaque at London’s Kensal Green Cemetery with the singer's birth name and the correct dates has been discovered.

Brilliant and Bizarre Nail Art Inspired by Internet Memes. Wear these and get ready to explain them to half the people you see.

High School Basketball Player Passes Ball to Developmentally Disabled Player on the Other Team.
Take the Breaking Bad tour of Albuquerque and see how the real places stack up against the show. And notice how the city is wild about the show.

New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had to do something, so she cancelled all telecommuting within the company. That may backfire, as telecommuting and workplace flexibility are shown to increase productivity.

Not Just Clean, Cat Clean! Enjoy a collection of videos of cats doing housework.

From Quacks to Quaaludes: Three Centuries of Drug Advertising.

Alone at Last!

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Timmy Muldoon and the Search for the Shadoweyes Bandit



Thirteen-year-old Timmy Muldoon made a home movie, starring himself as a cop who is haunted by his partner's unsolved murder. Take my word for it, it gets better as it goes along. After you watch it, here are some thoughts on the film's inspiration. (via reddit)



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Best Bread

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Doomed: a Biological Cartoon



An increasingly frustrated narrator leads us through a nature documentary about useless animal species such as the cube fish and the inverted hedgehog that have no chance to survive or flourish because their evolutionary adaptations are just plain senseless. (via Daily of the Day)


Handrail

Nora's Piano Techniques



Surely you remember Nora, the piano-playing cat. I found a video from a few years back with more of Nora's video clips that I hadn't seen before. Other Nora videos here, here, and here.




Refrigerator

9 Delightful Garden Cakes

This is a difficult time of year for avid gardeners. March is so close you can see it on the calendar, and some plants are beginning to sprout, but you know it will be some time before you can really get outside and run your hands through the topsoil. To get you through these last few weeks before spring, you might want to try baking a garden in your kitchen! Check out some lovely cakes fashioned after Mother Earth's bounty, in an article I posted at mental_floss.

The Media is to Blame

Movie: The Movie: 2V



When I posted Movie: The Movie last year, it seemed we would never need another movie, because it had it all. But wait, there's more! Now Jimmy Kimmel has a sequel to that masterpiece. Because every successful movie needs a sequel for more profit. This one, with super heroes, zombies, vampires, pop singers, and inspirational teachers, is targeted a bit more toward the lucrative teen audience. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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Death on the Mississippi. How 1700 returning Civil War POWs lost their lives in one night.

How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans From Tehran. The 2007 Wired magazine article that inspired the movie Argo.

The things people say to female journalists.

Jewel of the Universe is the fanciest world map you've ever seen.

18 ordinary English words that Julius Caesar spoke. Of course, they were Latin words back then, but they've survived to be used today.

Meet The Most Adorably Terrifying Soldier Ever. Wojtek the “soldier bear” did his part for the Polish Army in World War II.

In response to last week's story about the declining birth rate, folks share their stories of how they decided to remain childless. Or, as many prefer to call it, child-free.

Love on the dole: 18 songs about being on government assistance. Not all of them are sympathetic to the downtrodden.

How does one physicist propose to another physicist? With a research paper entitled "Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study."

Cat Worries

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The Story of Starbucks



From Robot Chicken. (via reddit)



Monday, February 25, 2013

Blowout

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Do the Harlem Shake!

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The Walrus Workout



For a fat guy, he's in pretty good shape! (via Metafilter)


Toast

Post-Oscar Press Conference



Jennifer Lawrence answered questions from the press after she won the Oscar for Best Actress last night. The 22-year-old is delightfully open and honest -and funny!


Appeasement

By Feng at Fengtastic! 

How Keyboard Cat Got Famous



VICE gives us this report on how Charlie Schmidt's Keyboard Cat became an internet sensation in 2007, and along the way we learn about other viral memes that either gave performers their big break or catapulted everyday people into internet fame. (via Viral Viral Videos)





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In case you went to bed at a decent hour last night, here's the complete list of winners of the 85th annual Academy Awards.

While everyone was focused on the Oscars, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 won seven awards over the weekend. The movie dominated the annual Razzie awards for the worst in Hollywood cinema.

Michelle Obama Busts a Move with Jimmy Fallon. The First Lady re-enacts the famous Evolution of Dance, mom style.


When we debate health care policy, we seem to jump right to the issue of who should pay the bills, blowing past what should be the first question: Why exactly are the bills so high? The original is fascinating, but here's a TL;DR version. The solution to the problem is simple, but will never fly in today's greed-powered political climate.

Delightful and Hilarious Vintage Library Videos. "The job of librarian would be no less challenging, Captain."

Paws, Pee and Mice: Cats among Medieval Manuscripts. (via Neatorama)

The Shocking Savagery of America’s Early History.

Ted Nugent Dubs Next Tour 'Black Power 2013.'

A Daily Mail reporter went to a British parenting forum to dig up dirt for a story. Instead, she got schooled. (via Ed Yong

Stuck

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One Woman A Cappella Disney Medley



Heather Traska not only sings, but accompanies herself in a selection of Disney movie songs. She made all the costumes, too! Traska was only 17 when she recorded this. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Really?

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I Can't Believe These Are All TV Shows



Someone once theorized that new TV shows are created by pulling words out of hats, one the adjective hat and one from the noun hat. That's the only way you can explain Cupcake Wars or Amish Mafia.  (via mental_floss)


Armor

Serval Rescue



Servals are beautiful cats, but they are wild cats. They are sometimes kept as pets, which make for awesome YouTube videos, but really isn't fair to the cat, or to the many domestic cats who don't have homes. Here is a story from Big Cat Rescue of a serval who will never live in her native home on the African plains, but at least gets to spend her final years protected from harm and a little closer to nature.



Sissy-sweet Salad

Gee Willickers!

Spider

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Rollin' Safari



Life can be difficult when you are not only round but extremely buoyant! This is one of four delightful animated trailers produced to promote the 2013 Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, all featuring peculiarly inflated animals. (via the Presurfer)



Saturday, February 23, 2013

Short Headline

Although they obviously had room for more words. (via Criggo)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail



Monty Python's 1975 opus. From Wikipedia:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group Monty Python (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin), and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the gap between the third and fourth series of their popular BBC television programme Monty Python's Flying Circus.

In contrast to the group's first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, a compilation of sketches from the first two television series, Holy Grail was composed of new material, and is therefore considered the first "proper" film by the group. It generally parodies the legend of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. The film was a success on its initial release, and Idle used the film as the inspiration for the 2005 Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot.


Watermelon

Russian Military Marching Song



They really like the Spongebob Squarepants theme! Come to think of it, most of these young soldiers and sailors probably grew up with the show. (via Neatorama)



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10 Foods That (Thankfully) Flopped.

Collectors Weekly has a fairly comprehensive article on the evolution of black dolls, from homemade dolls to racist caricatures to darker versions of white doll molds to specialty doll companies to what's available today. Because children should have dolls that reflect who they are -and that reflect the people around them. 

The weirdest news stories of the week.

Our long nightmare is over -one of the worst tattoos that ever went viral has now been fixed. 

Vaguely Rude Place Names Of The World. (via b3ta)

Do children owe anything to their abusive parents?

Fill out your bracket for Pope Madness 2013!

10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started My Transition. Even when you know who you are, it can be a surprise to find how the world treats who you become.

This web toy has autoplay music and may be a trigger for certain epileptics. That said, if you choose, bring in the cats! (via Metafilter)

The man who keeps falling in love with his wife. He has no memory of what just happened, but he knows what's important. (via mental_floss)

Offcuts



Short, silly, Pythonesque. (via b3ta)


Lookit Me!

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To This Day



Shane Koyczan eloquently describes how childhood bullying leaves lifetime scars. A huge numbers of artists helped with this project, you can see who they are at the To This Day Project site. (via reddit)



Friday, February 22, 2013

How to Make a Sandwich in Space



Astronaut Chris Hadfield, the International Space Station's ambassador to the internet, shows us how to make a sandwich without the aid of gravity. The Canadian Space Agency has more about eating in space at their website. (via Viral Viral Videos)




Her First Duet



Jesse Teeters and his two-year-old daughter unveil their first duet for the public. He calls it "The culmination of 2.5 years of parenting." Adorable!  (via reddit)



Care Bear Lucky Green Laplander Hat


Care Bears Lucky Green Laplander Hat (front and back shown) $16.95

St. Patrick's Day is coming. Are you looking for a fun way to get your green on? You need the Care Bear Lucky Green Laplander Hat from the NeatoShop. This knit hat is shaped like Good Luck Bear. It is the perfect hat for those who like to spread good luck and cheer all the winter through.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Headgear.

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10 Artworks Made from Matchsticks

Matchsticks are like tiny little pieces of building materials that inspire model makers to bend them to the artist's will. Some amazing and imaginative pieces are born from such inspiration, and they're not all architectural sculptures. Let's look at some of the many ways creative folks use matchsticks. See ten such projects in a list I posted at mental_floss


How to Curl Hair




Thirteen-year-old Tori Locklear was making a tutorial about curling hair last October when things went really wrong. A few months later, she got up the nerve to put the results on YouTube. This is so perfect I'm not totally convinced it isn't viral advertising, but it is funny! (via reddit)


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Watch this amazing video of a solar flare. It is 180,000 degree Fahrenheit and just the flare is many times larger than our entire earth.

Surreal Landscapes by Jim Kazanjian.

High-tech Surveillance Makes Work More Like Prison. Productivity is king, no matter what it does to real people. (via Daily of the Day)

A First-grader Judges Oscar-nominated Movies by Their Posters. (via Laughing Squid)

What the Tea Party has done to Florida. (via Metafilter)

6 Non-Existent People Who Were Nominated for Oscars.

Academy Award nominees will go home with a gift bag worth $45,000 even if they don't win an Oscar. But some of the weird stuff in those bags will make you scratch your head.

The 1963 book A Cat-Haters Handbook contains quotes about how awful cats are. But the overall effect will make you want to get another cat.

An Illustrated Guide to Recognizing Insane People from 1883. That was back when developmental disabilities and mental illness were equivalent and you could diagnose people by looking at them.

In 1912, Douglas Mawson and 30 other men set out to explore the uncharted territory of Antarctica. But Antarctica, unmapped with no wireless communication, was a treacherous place to survive, much less explore.

Upstairs

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How to Become Pope



C. G. P. Grey tells us how you can work your way up to the job of replacing Pope Benedict. It's pretty difficult. It may even be too late to get started, at least for the next conclave. (via mental_floss)



Thursday, February 21, 2013

Absentee Votes

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Black History Month for White People



Chris Menning talks about Black History Month from a white guy's perspective, but a perspective that few white guys seem to have. The links he talks about are all available at his site. (via Metafilter)



Crows in the Snow



One crow is taking full advantage of a snow-covered car, not only by sliding on the window, but also by making snow angels! Look closely, and you'll see him throwing snowballs, too. Before the day is over, he'll have that entire back window cleared. (via Arbroath)


Bunny Candy Necklace Kit



Hippity. Hoppity. Easter is on the way.

Are you looking for a sweet do-it-yourself treat for your family? You need the Bunny Candy Necklace kit from the NeatoShop. Each box includes 6 individually wrapped kits and each kit has everything you need to make a candy necklace.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Mints &; Candies.

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No Pants

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ABCinema - Take 2



Evan Seitz has another fast-moving video quiz in which 26 movies are represented, in alphabetical order. How many can you name? He says this is the final episode of his ABCinema series, which includes movies by numbers, movies by colors, and alphabetic video games, as well as the earlier alphabetical movie quiz. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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"Madman" Newman's Brainteasers.

I have a friend in Montreal, a chic shopkeeper and an adoptive mom from my online support group, who's been diagnosed with cancer. She is organizing an online auction to raise funds for cancer research, and is looking for items to fill the sale. More here.

Profiting From Human Misery. Gotta keep keeping those prisons!

How To Tell If You Were Adopted.

11 Reasons The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus Is The Biggest Badass On The Planet.

Guilty Dogs Caught in the Act. Much funnier than cats in these positions, because cats don't care about guilt.

The Delicate Architecture of Water Droplets. If we slow down and take a close look, they're works of art.

32 Crazy Hamantaschen For Purim. With recipe links and a short course in what Purim is about.

The still-unidentified Technoviking is suing Matthias Fritsch for recording his dance and making him a meme. He rejected a generous compromise deal in the case that may have global consequences for artists.

Wesley Snipes is in prison, but he stars in a new movie this year anyway. In Gallowwalkers, he's an Old West gunman pursued by zombies.

His Seat

Best Picture Oscar Winners: the Supercut



The 85th Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday. That's a lot of history! This supercut from  Nelson Carvajal has clips of all the previous Best Picture winners for your enjoyment. How many have you seen, and how many can you identify? The answers are at the end of the video; you will probably have to see them full-screen to read them. The music is “November” by Max Richter. (via Slate)



Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Directions

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Cecilia



Dan Ramsey of Skeleton Crew Motion Pictures is his own band! (via reddit)


Father and Son

Kittens On The Beat



When gremlins invade your home and try to steal your socks, cats Roto and Bowie spring into action! After all, losing your socks is their job! (via Tastefully Offensive)


Bunny Cupcake Decorating Kit



Do you long to make fanciful baked creations in your kitchen, but fear you lack the skill or talent? Cheat with the Bunny Cupcake Decorating Kit from the NeatoShop. This deliciously easy decorating set includes ears, jelly bean eyes and nose, and green shoestring licorice whiskers. All you need is to make or buy the cupcake and put the bunny together. It makes a delightfully simple Easter project.

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Baking Supplies.

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Best Witness Statement Ever


The Crown Prosecution Service in West Midlands, England demanded a statement from a witness named PC Peach about an arrest. Officers on the case tried to explain that PC Peach was a police dog, but the demand for a statement stood. So the dog's handler made out a statement for the dog as best as he could.
The statement read: “I chase him. I bite him. Bad man. He tasty. Good boy. Good boy Peach.” It stated that the age of the witness was “four” and that his number was PD4341. The document was pinned to the wall at West Midlands Police Station, much to the amusement of colleagues. One officer took a photograph of the statement and it soon appeared on Facebook and on several police Twitter accounts.

The CPS, however, failed to see the funny side and complained to the police that their mistake had been turned into a very public joke. PC Mark Tissington, of West Midlands Police, who is believed to have shared the original picture of the witness form, has referred himself to the internal discipline unit although sources suggested he was unlikely to be reprimanded. 

9 Putts Into One Hole



The challenge from the PGA Golf Management program at Campbell University was to see how many golfers could putt into one hole at the same time -from the same direction. The answer: nine players! These guys were shocked when they pulled it off! (via Neatorama)




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Notes From an Expedition to the Cellfoan People.

Redditor 4ecohgie tells the story of his four grandparents who were all interned in concentration camps during World War II. Follow the whole thread, because it is both fascinating and horrific.

Last year, a group of Sasquatch investigators in Texas announced that they had sequenced Bigfoot's DNA, but they had trouble getting the results published in a scientific journal. Now that data has been published and Ars Technica got a copy. (via Metafilter)

21 Amazing Animals Who Defied The Odds.

Surprisingly, Red Isn’t The Most Dangerous Color You Can Wear Aboard The Starship Enterprise. The statistics of Star Trek: The Original Series tell the real story.

More and more Americans are childless by their own choice. When a logical decision that is good for an individual turns out to be bad for a society, the society will have to change.

Argo and Other Forgivably False “True Story” Films. Does historical accuracy matter that much if the film is really good?

How Britain's Last Hangman Did His Job. Albert Pierrepoint shares the ins and out of execution in the 20th century.

Texas Woman Gives Birth to Two Sets of Identical Twins (at the same time). The odds of this happening are so astronomical, she probably won't do it again.

When your father is a photographer, you get used to modeling at an early age. Photographer Bill Gekas puts his daughter into classic paintings with beautiful results.

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The White House: Keeping Up Appearances. It's changed a lot over the years.

The art of glassblowing hasn't changed much. It's still just as amazing as it was  2,000 years ago.

Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident, the Strangest Unsolved Mystery of the Last Century.

Cecil Brown tells the remarkable tale of Stagolee. (via Boing Boing)

The Mao Mango Cult of 1968. A shift in the political focus in China coincided with a box of mangoes, which led to a year-long fad that equated mangos with China's leader Mao Zedong.

How to make your cat Internet famous. The first requirement is that you must have the right cat.

Dogs May Understand Human Perspective Better than Previously Thought. This was determined by a study in which dogs took advantage of an opportunity to misbehave.

Anthony Edwards on Zero Hour, ER, and being Top Gun’s “Mr. Lefty Liberal Peace Lover.” After a decade of retirement, it's good to see that he's back on the big screen.

Some states have specific laws that allow ministers and parishioners to carry firearms in church. It's a tradition that goes back to the days where almost every man was armed as a matter of course. 

7 reasons to never ever ever vacation on a cruise ship. Going adrift without power isn't the only disaster that has befallen cruise ships in recent years.