Sunday, September 24, 2017


Clogging in the '60s

This clip from Bluegrass Roots: On The Road With Bluegrass Musician, a 1964 documentary by David Hoffman, shows Bluegrass clogging. It's a descendant of Irish step-dancing, with elements of square dancing and line dancing added. I guarantee that these young folks dressed in their Sunday best because they knew a filmmaker would be at the dance that night.


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The Baranton Sisters

Régina and Yvonne Baranton were foot jugglers. Watch them display their talents on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. You have to wonder how and why they ever decided they were going to juggle tables with their feet. It's not the kind of thing that everyone wanted to do. It turns out they came by their act naturally -from the family. A French circus family. You can see the Baranton Trio performing on French TV in 1958. And the tradition lives on. Another family member, Eliane Baranton, performs in this video labeled 2009. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

There's a Story Here

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)

The hit by Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers has been posted here before, but this version is from a Dutch TV show in 1970. She was much more popular in the Netherlands than she ever was in the U.S. The young folk singer tells how impressed she was that the Gospel choir consented to collaborate with her. (via Strange Company


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How American Gothic Became an Icon

Grant Wood's American Gothic is more than a famous painting. Sure, it's a great piece of art, but there's more to it than that. When it was first unveiled, the painting wasn't recognized as anything special. But the subject matter made it something worth talking about. In this video from Vox, we see that it was the people who saw the painting that made it special. They saw what they wanted to see in American Gothic. (via Digg)

True Love: A Tribute to The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride has a cornucopia of elements that make it one of our favorite movies. But the overarching theme is true love. In this cute video that seems shorter than it is, the Gregory Brothers songify the lines from the movie to make a love song about love..  true wuv. This is their contribution to the celebratio of the movie's 30th anniversary on Monday. (via Tastefully Offensive

Friday, September 22, 2017


Colin Furze's Driveable Hot Tub

Insane inventor Colin Furze (previously) has built such a reputation that now he's being paid to bring ridiculous tech to life. In his latest stunt, he covered a BMW with a lawn (artificial turf), sealed it up and filled it with water, and installed a barbecue grill on the back. Silly? Yes, and a lot of fun. The car is an ad for Google, so they provide Furze with the raw materials for the hot tub car.
Watch Furze drive around, splashing his bathwater all over the road. Oh yeah, the interior also has water jets, to which he adds bubble bath soap! Now try to imagine what happens when they grill burgers behind a bubble bath. This is the "fun" video. In case you are wondering exactly how he sealed the car so well that it could be driven filled with water, this video shows the process, and this video covers the other accessories. (via Laughing Squid)


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Learn to Play Cat

In the newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic, Simon Tofield and Nicky Treverrow talks about how cats play, and the best ways for us to play with them. It starts with how to train kittens in recognizing toys. Even after a lifetime of playing with cats, even I learned some new tips in this video. It has a Simon's Cat cartoon tagged onto the end, in which we see the cat having a ball with that elusive red dot.

Unfortunate Nominative Determinism

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

The Madness of Donald Trump. Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone.

The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

Cringe-worthy Twitter story about a plumber.

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World. 

Leather, Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

Me Too!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017


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The Magic of Making Marbles

I honestly doubt they make all marbles like this. I picture a series of robots doing it dozen at a time. But watching a glassblower make marbles with swirls of color inside is really neat. (via The Kid Should See This

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

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A Timely Tweet

It's an annual event.

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Relax and Pet Your Dog

Paul Rugg, who writes and does voiceovers for cartoons (he worked on Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, among other shows) tells us how he relaxes at home with his beloved dog. Truly a man's best friend. (via reddit)

In Their Natural Habitat


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The Forgotten Storm. The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 was the deadliest tornado in US history.

Even Business Leaders Are Realizing Health Insurance Companies Serve No Purpose. They know it's time for single-payer. (via Boing Boing)

Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out the last three years.

Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly. (via Digg)

23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

In the wake of the housing crisis, a new breed of real estate investor is destroying America's cities

New Bed

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Fun with Mudskippers

Mudskippers are some really strange animals. They are amphibious fish, which is not a new division of taxonomy; it just means they are fish that can spend time out of the water. Mudskippers can breathe through their skin, and they have some strange mating habits, too. This video from the BBC explains. It gets really good at about a minute in, so make sure you don't have any liquid in your mouth when they start to dance. They sometimes get into shouting matches with each other, too, as you can see here. (via reddit)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Police Blotter

Blind Cat Loves Music

Sarper Duman is a Turkish musician and a cat lover -he feeds the stray cats of Istanbul and has taken eleven of them in to his home. One of his fans sent him this cute video of a blind cat enjoying Duman's music.
"This has been the most touching message i've ever recieved. This beautiful blind cat's name is Namık. They say he acts that way whenever he is shown my videos. It's so impressive for me... Always be happy Namık !"
Aww! We don't know whether Namik is hugging the phone out of affection for the music, or if he just wants to listen to it closer. The effect is the same. Here's a bonus video of Duman with one of his own cats.

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Abby the Spoon Lady

How long has it been since you've been impressed by someone playing the spoons? This is Abby the Spoon Lady, accompanying Chris Rodrigues to the song "Angels in Heaven." They recorded this on Play Music on Your Porch day in August, which sounds like a lovely thing to celebrate. Anyone can play spoons, however, it takes a lot of practice and dedication to play them this well. But Abby the Spoon Lady is more than just a spoon player. According to Wikipedia,
Abby first started street performing and busking as a means to make money traveling across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. She taught herself to play the spoons and traveled all over the United States by hitchhiking and railroad. She states that landing in Asheville, North Carolina, was completely an accident and that she took the wrong train.[4] Today she hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo.[5] She spent a good amount of her time traveling recording the stories, interviews and songs of other American travelers.[6]
She is also a free speech advocate and has a radio show at  WSFM-LP in Asheville. (via reddit)

Sensible Condominium Development

The Rotary Jail

William H. Brown invented what he thought was a good idea: a rotary jail. Cell blocks were constructed as a circular tumbler, and cells were built in the shape of a pie slice. There was only one door for the cell block, and the guard would rotate the cell block to access each cell. The idea was to save money by having fewer guards to watch fewer doors. You think it would take a long time to recoup the expense of the mechanism that way. What could possibly go wrong? You have to wonder whether anyone stopped to think that it might be easier just to walk around the building than to move the building. Eighteen rotary jails were built, and that's when the problems started. Like inmates getting their arms cut off. Tom Scott visits the Rotary Jail Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where a working rotary jail survives. (via Digg

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Skunk Research Review. What is it that makes them so smelly?

How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.  (via Metafilter) 

6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

7 Fictional Workplace Floor Plans. Bizdaq presents the floor plans of Dunder Mifflin, Moe's Tavern, Central Perk, Paddy’s Pub, Sterling Cooper, and the comic book store from The Big Bang Theory.

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes

The first new Tomb Raider poster is a Photoshop disaster.


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Jimmy Kimmel on Bill Cassidy’s Health “Care” Bill

Jimmy Kimmel didn't waste any time telling us what he thinks of the GOP's last-ditch effort to gut our health care system. It's a Hail Mary effort to repeal Obamacare because they hate Obamacare. Maybe they should start thinking of American citizens' well being instead of political grudges.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stereotype Paradox

An Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman

Screen Junkies wades into the water to dare give us an Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman. Let's be honest, they liked the movie as much as the rest of us did. But they could still find some things about it to pick on, like how much the plot has the implausibility of a super hero comic book. Strange, that.

Pretty much the worst thing they can say about Wonder Woman is that it had everything a comic book super hero movie should have, and that it surprised us by having that and being good as well. This video does have some good puns, though. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Walk LIke a Pirate

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Talking Like a Pirate

It's not always appropriate, or profitable, to talk like a pirate. Comic by Steve Langille.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

In 1832, a British Navy doctor was approached by a sailor who had a dining fork embedded in his back! He couldn't recall how it got there.  (via Strange Company

Guess Whether These Headlines Came From Breitbart or 1920s KKK Newspapers.

Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

Dance Like a Pirate

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7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride was released on September 27, 1987, which means it will soon be 30 years since it hit theaters. In honor of the occasion, Cinefix tells us seven things about the movie. Not just tidbits of trivia; these are more like seven stories behind the making of The Princess Bride. As you wish.

The filming was one problem after another. After watching this, you'll be amazed that the movie was ever completed, but they overcame those obstacles with hard work, perserverence, and creativity. It was a difficult production that ended up looking effortless. Inconceivable! The result was a comedy/romance/fantasy/fairy tale/action film that became a classic. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Selling a Blanket

Big LT is an amputee who has been living on disability payments. He saw a Navajo blanket on the TV show Antiques Roadshow and realized he had a family heirloom that was like it. Watch him find out how much it is worth. So he started out thinking he might get $5-10 thousand for it. Then the appraisers come out. This story might lift those Monday blues for you by the end. And the kicker is that LT might even be able to go visit his blanket in some museum somewhere. (via reddit)

Out West

The Gym

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The True Stories of 5 Classic Railway Tunes. With videos, in case you want to sing along. 

5 Police Cases That Basically Solved Crimes Using Magic

Trump calls single-payer 'a curse'—here's what data from other countries actually show.

Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail. (via Strange Company)

How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

Democratic Socialists of America Muck Out Flooded Houston Homes. (via Metafilter

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Textbook Explanation of Social Media Sites

A textbook uses the analogy of a donut to explain how social media sites differ. It's in the way that people use them. And Google+ is the punchline. Who says textbook writers don't have a sense of humor? The price they expect us to pay for them would be funny, too, if it weren't so tragic. (via reddit)

How Jackie Chan Gets Over Fences

This supercut shows how movie star Jackie Chan surmounts obstacles: fences, walls, buildings, and other barriers. He does it in style. No wonder his films always feature a chase scene on foot! The word "climb" doesn't really do it justice. It's more like he dances over obstacles. In one minute, Chan gets over over eleven barriers, and makes it look effortless. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Must. Touch. Kitty.

A husky is quite enamored of the cat he just met, but seems to be aware of the possible danger. From the comments at reddit,
In this video, Doggo is trying to be accepted by Kitty. He desperately wants to be friends. This is probably the first time they've met. Doggo is being extremely submissive: ducking his head very low, below Kitty's, rolling onto his back to expose both his belly and his neck to Kitty. But he can still see Kitty is tense. Kitty's ears are back and her hackles are raised. She has likely never seen a dog and just doesn't know what to make of Doggo. But he knows she isn't happy, and from his whining, you can tell this makes him super sad! He even gets close to Kitty and raises a paw playfully, and as gently as he can, as if to say to Kitty, "See, look! I am not dangerous, Sweet Kitty! Do not be afraid! I just want to be your friend!" Actually, the fact that Kitty isn't hissing or scratching is a good sign! It means she is probably just unsure, so I bet that Doggo will get his wish after Kitty gets to know him, and they will become friends at last.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

An American Man

Halo, Džozefina

This guy in Croatia took three years to record this music video, and it's still only two minutes long. But he gained a full head of hair and a viral video. The song is "Halo, Džozefina" (Hello Josephine) by Đorđe Marjanović, who was a star in Serbia (then Yugoslavia) in the 1950s and '60s. (via reddit

Today's Password

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Helping a Little Buddy Cross the Street

A hedgehog is trying to cross a road in Tambov, Russia. A gaggle of geese know that the hedgehog is small and pavement-colored and it's likely that drivers won't see him. So they do the right thing and give him an escort! Notice the one goose that holds her wings out to be more visible. It looks like she is holding traffic back! They make right proper crossing guards, don't you think? (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

He must have known he was being recorded. (via Buzzfeed)

Slow Learner

Pot Of Pish

This is not new, but still funny. If you can't understand these guys from the TV show Still Game, it's because they're Glaswegian. Yes, it is English, and no, you don't really need to know what they're saying to follow the skit.


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Women Are Awesome

In this edition of People Are Awesome, we see many women (and a few girls, and a even a baby or two) show amazing strength, skill, agility, grace, and overall athleticism. Yeah, I'm impressed …and a little bit envious, although I realize that these women have put in many hours, or even years, of work and practice to achieve these things. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Friday, September 15, 2017

After 66 Years, Colorblind Man Sees Colors

William Reed is a bodybuilder, and he's also colorblind. For his 66th birthday, his family all chipped in and got him a pair of Enchroma glasses that help a colorblind person to see colors. Reed suddenly sees the world as it is for the first time in his life. Yeah, it take him sometime to open the gift, so if you can't wait, skip ahead to 2:00. His joy is hard to see under the dark glasses …until he starts sniffing. It's a change we can't imagine unless we've been in his shoes. Reed says the colors make everything look 3D, so being able to see colors as others do must make a difference in depth perception, too. (via Digg)

Money Talk

Maru and the Aquarium

Maru the Japanese Scottish fold cat is ten years old, but he still loves his boxes, no matter what they are made of. His roommate Hana is all grown up, and still taking lessons from Maru. In this video, Maru confronts a see-through box, or what we'd call an aquarium. We can clearly see that Maru, like all cats, takes the shape of his container, and is therefore liquid. (via Tastefully Offensive)

By the way, a study to determine whether cats are liquid, solid, or both at the same time won an Ig Nobel Prize last night. You can read about all the 2017 Ig Nobel winners in this post. 

Tweet of the Day

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The IT Department

One thing you can say about the movie It, it readily lends itself to puns. We've seen that once already, and now the IT department is involved. In this skit from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden is Pennywise, or in this case, It. Sure, that one joke plays out pretty quickly, but goes in a different direction as Corden takes it upon himself to be helpful. The poor sap that called for IT help doesn't need that kind of freakout. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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15 Things You Don't Know About Ernest Borgnine. Eddie Deezen tells all.

Your Schedule Could Be Killing You. Scientists, called chronobiologists, at the University of California at San Diego's Center for Circadian Biology are studying how time affects our bodies and our health.

How Tinder Accidentally Exposed Society's Inherent Racism. Snap judgments on a picture give us plenty of data.

The Cassini spacecraft is set to self-destruct today after a 20-year journey to study Saturn. The scientists and engineers who dedicated their careers to the mission talk about what it means to them.

5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

Know Your Hate Groups.  An illustrated guide from The Nib.


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Inside the World’s Smelliest Factory

My school took field trips to many factories when I was young. The only two I recall were the cheese factory and American Greetings, both because of the smell. The cheese factory turned us all off cheese for a few weeks. American Greeting made scented candles, cinnamon at the time, and the fumes burned our eyes and made our noses run. The workers were used to it. Neither of those experiences compare to a visit to a factory that makes surströmming, or fermented herring. Great Big Story explains surströmming and how it is made. Aren't you glad to be watching a video instead of taking a field trip to this factory?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alexa is Not That Smart

Norm Krumpe had the digital personal assistant Alexa pick a number between one and a million. He only needed two guesses to get it right. Artificial intelligence has a way to go before it takes over the world. Someone remarked that it was like playing hide and seek with a giggling toddler. (via reddit)


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How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster

You know that technological breakthroughs only come after a series of failures. The main thing is that you learn from your failures and move on. Elon Musk's company SpaceX has had its share of spectacular failures, every one of which was highly publicized and enshrined on YouTube. That's the way of the world today. Since there's no reason to shy away from their failures, even if they could, SpaceX has released a compilation of their duds, crashes, and explosions on the way to achieving private space flight. Just imagine how many millions of dollars went into these clips. Look closely, and you'll see that their successes are included, too. (via Gizmodo)


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An Honest College Tour

If you have a high school senior in your home, get ready for lots of walking around campuses, trying to discern what makes this school different from the one you saw last week. You child knows there's no way they're ever going to attend this school because it's close enough for their parents to drive to. However, it's close enough to drive to, and they get an excused day off from from school for taking the tour.

The tour is led by a student on a work study program, and they do their best because they don't want to go back to washing dishes in the cafeteria. Your kid runs into someone they know from high school, and you don't see them again for hours. Meanwhile, you're lucky to see one dorm room, since no one volunteers for theirs to be seen. Soon, you realize that it doesn't matter a bit what the school looks like, only whether they will give your kid financial aid. After two or three of these tours, you just send your kid (and all their friends) off to go see a campus on their own. They just wanted a day away from school anyway. (via College Humor)

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The Axman’s Jazz: The Axeman of New Orleans. The weird series of gruesome murders was never solved.

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All.

The 25 Best Space Movies, Ranked. Sadly, only two of them are based on true stories.

6 Reasons Good People Turn Into Monsters

How to Harvest Honey. Even if you'd never consider doing it yourself, watch the fascinating way beekeepers do it.

The new iPhone X will use facial recognition to unlock your phone. That raises a question: Can police use your face to unlock it for a search?

The Peculiar Poetry of Paris’s Lost and Found. For over 200 years, the city's Bureau of Found Objects has been dedicated to reuniting possessions with their rightful owners. (via Metafilter)

Productivity Hacks to Rule Kindergarten Like a Silicon Valley Boss. Inspiration, motivation, and industry jargon is the secret to back-to-school! (via Swiss Miss)

A Nun With a Chainsaw Becomes the Symbol Of Post-Irma Cleanup. Sister Margaret Ann's can-do attitude is what Florida needs.

How Alexander Hamilton's House Got Moved. It was hemmed in on all sides, so they raised it up 38 feet! 

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How to Get Rid of Hiccups

This newsreel from 1960 gives us some sure-fire methods for curing hiccups, such as holding whiskey and pepper against your belly. If that doesn't work, try some remedies from old wives tales. (via Weird Universe)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

She Should've Checked First

Isn't Working

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Hello World

On September 1, Serena Williams gave birth to a daughter. She and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, founder of reddit, named her Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Yes, they named her after her father, complete with Junior. Today, they released a video that includes the first public picture of the baby. Congratulations Serena and Alexis! (via The Daily Dot)

Cheetah Attacked by Meerkats

This is something that could only happen at a zoo. This took place at Cheetah Experience in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Kinji the Cheetah loves the meerkats at the conservation center, but the meerkats, well, they don't like anyone. And they can be pretty fierce for their size. See, the meerkats are protecting their family from a dangerous predator by attacking Kinji whenever he comes around. To Kinji, it's a fine little back scratch from his little friends. He just purrs and enjoys it. Dolph C. Volker of the center says,
A cheetah purr is quickly becoming my favorite sound in the world... so relaxing, calming, and something that penetrates the psyche down to the rudimentary soul for me. A purrs is designed to calm tensions; letting others around them know a friendly cat is present. 
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Oh No

From Walt Kelly's comic strip Pogo.

Burn Out

Stella is an intergalactic mechanic who must make an emergency landing on a strange planet. It appears to be void of life. That is, except for the ghosts. But it's not a frightening alien story. Stella confronts a ghost of her past, and has an experience that gives her the impetus to push on and never give up. So what if she's a mechanic instead of an explorer? You never know when that will be the best thing to be. This short animation is from director Cécile Carre of the French animation school GOBELINS.  (via io9)

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Spiders, Fear, and Size. Scientific research into how people are terrified of big spiders.

Evacuate for hurricane, lose your job.

When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On. Feeding exotic animals under special circumstances takes careful planning and creative logistics.

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves. It was a form of suicide by religious loophole.

Address Twins are two houses that have the exact same street address, usually in different towns. Paul Plowman searched for address twins that were close to each other, and found one pair that are next door neighbors!

Watch civil forfeiture in action, as a cop gives a ticket for selling food without permit, then takes all the cash out of the guy's wallet

Cougars are the biggest species of cats that meow rather than roar. You'll be forgiven if the first "meow" sounds more like "hi!" to you.

11 Band Names that Don't Mean What You Think They Do. The real stories behind them are far more interesting.

Undercover in Temp Nation. This is how we do jobs these days. (via Metafilter)

Who Names a Dog Frisky?

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How Wonder Woman Should Have Ended

The folks at How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) give us a couple of different alternative endings to Wonder Woman that would have worked, and I would have been happy with them. No matter; I was happy with the movie as it was, but still, there's that one part that I'm not going to say because it's a spoiler. But you shouldn't watch this video at all if you don't want to see spoilers from Wonder Woman. This video has more than that, though. There was about five times that I thought the video was over, but there was more, because they delve into the whole DC Comics movie franchise. Or else they just kept thinking up new punchlines and wanted to use them all. (via Tastefully Offensive)