Monday, April 24, 2017

Munchies

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Tiger Cosplay

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Live Dangerously

Tweet of the Day



Spotted at the March for Science in San Francisco.

Spotted at the March for Science

(Thanks, Sami!)

Bowler Gets 300 in a Hurry



Ben Ketola had the bowling alley to himself, and rolled twelve strikes in a row for a perfect game …in only 86.9 seconds! That's a world record.
Ketola, of Cortland, New York, bowls about 50 games a week. He's been practicing this stunt to get his time down.
"It was fun to do. I honestly wasn't expecting to do it," said Ketola, a 225-average bowler who works and bowls at 281 Bowl. "I just wanted to see how quickly I could get across the house and get strikes."

While there is no official speed category in the official United States Bowling Congress' record books, Ketola wanted to attempt the unusual feat after watching a 2015 YouTube video posted by pro bowler Tom Dougherty. In the video, Dougherty fired 12 strikes over 12 lanes for what was billed at the time the world's fastest 300 game in 1 minute, 50.99 seconds.
In case you're wondering, he used eight of his own balls and two alley balls. (via SB Nation)

Incredibly Realistic Wolf Animation



This is just one of many wonderfully ridiculous animation tests (and parodies) you'll find in this Metafilter thread.

Miss Cellania's Links

Welcome to Slab City. Is it the last bastion of true freedom and independence in America, or a stinking, sunbaked, postapocalyptic ticking-time-bomb vision of hell on earth?

The web’s funniest stories. This should keep you busy for days. (via Nimble Pundit)

The Creators of This is Spinal Tap Still Haven't Been Paid. It's lawsuit time in a 33-year-old case of Hollywood accounting. (via Digg)

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease. The effects can last for generations.

In April of 1945, Swedish Jew Norbert Masur met with Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler as a representative of the World Jewish Congress. Himmler spent the time him actions and covering his tracks. [PDF] (via Metafilter)

Does Iceland Really Have the Best Hot Dog in the World? Here are opinions from two correspondents who tried them.

Disposable lighters come in all colors, but the white ones are bad luck. How did this superstition ever come about?

DoggoLingo is the internet language about dogs. Even if you've never heard of it, you recognize it when you read it. (via Metafilter)


19 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don't Know. But you will after you read this!


Cats Doing the Movies

I still have more cats doing impressions from their favorite movies. See if you can guess all these. Yeah, some are giveaways.














Simon's Cat vs. Boxes



Cats love boxes, but some boxes are better than others. To determine which is the best, they must all be thoroughly checked out. Simon's Cat and the kitten are channeling Maru and his sister Hana in the latest animation from Simon Tofield. If he fits, he sits …and if he doesn't fits, he sits anyway. In color, no less. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dog Math

Let The Day Begin



The Call from 1989. This one brings back some memories, alright.

Nathan

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Dog Does His Duty



Lusy Imbergerova and and her dog Deril perform canine freestyle at the FCI Dog Dance World Championship 2016. This routine is not so much dance as it is a military drama. Deril works out, goes on patrol, and even saves Lusy's life before it's over! That's a good dog.  

The Best Signs from the March for Science



The March For Science took place on Saturday, with demonstrators converging on Washington DC and almost 500 other cities in the U.S. and around the world to advance science-based policies and funding for science. Considering the subject of the march, you would expect to see a lot of clever, nerdy, pun-filled signs. There were plenty of them. See roundups of the best signs at CNN, the Washington Post, Time, Mashable, Uproxx, and the nerdiest of all at the Boston Globe. Buzzfeed had a list of humans with signs and another of dogs with signs. See more pictures of signs being added constantly at Twitter. (via Metafilter, where you'll find even more)

Dark Continents

Why Are You Always Tired?



Getting enough sleep is important to everything else in your life. That's hard to deal with when you have deadlines, to-do lists, and people counting on you to get things done. However, a proper amount of rest will help you do all those things more efficiently than if you are tired. There are a lot of things that can affect your sleep, and you might have to work on every one of them to get sufficient rest. Our friends from AsapSCIENCE have some facts about sleep and how we can get not only more sleep, but better quality sleep. (via Digg)



Onion Rings

Your Brain On Drug Policy



 In 1987, Partnership for a Drug-Free America began airing a campaign known as This Is Your Brain On Drugs. The ads were unforgettable, but in case you need a refreshers, see this. In 1997, Rachael Leigh Cook starred in a version that addressed heroin specifically. Now she has returned to illustrate the far-reaching effects of the War on Drugs.
Our nation’s drug war is leading us to lock up more people than ever. Those charged with a non violent drug crime face fines and incarceration. More people are arrested for drugs than for rape, murder and robbery combined. And minorities are being railroaded into this system at much higher rates than their white counterparts even though drug use between both groups is about the same.
Oh, this one's not from the PDFA, but from Green Point Creative. (via Digg)

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Embers & Dust



Orson Welles broadcast his radio play "War of the Worlds," about an alien invasion, on October 30th, 1938. Some folks missed the disclaimer at the beginning that assured listeners that it was a work of fiction. Now, if they'd listened long enough, these folks would know that. But as luck would have it, a transformer blew in Concrete, Washington, during the broadcast. What would you do? This short film by Patrick Biesemans for Dust follows a curious young boy out on his own on that fateful night. (via Nag on the Lake)



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Senior Discount

Earth is Our Home



Domino artist Hevesh5 used 8,000 dominoes for her tribute to Mother Earth for Earth Day. She built a 3D world out of dominoes, complete with continents and a "fragile ecosystem." Then with the magic of video, she put it back the way it was. If it were only so easy for us to do that with the real Earth. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Did you participate in the March for Science today? (via reddit)

Piano Player

10 Earth Day Celebrations Around the World



Are you going to the March for Science today? That's the big one, but there are plenty of Earth Day celebrations, events, and demonstrations going on around the world. Learn about a few of them in a list I wrote for mental_floss.

Happy Birthday, Princess!

She's come a long way since first grade, but she's still got that smile. Where did all those years go? Princess turns twenty years old today. She's grown up to be a resilient, thoughtful, and self-sufficient young lady. I am so proud. She's coming home for the summer, and has a job lined up in Europe this fall. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

Update: She got flowers from her boyfriend... first time she's ever had flowers delivered.


Explaining the Obesity Chart

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Saying Grace

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Pusic Missed His Dad



Pusic was taken in when he was a very sick abandoned kitten in a box. He pulled through, as you can see in this video, and grew up to love the Russian couple who took him in. He especially likes getting picked up by his mommy, as you can see here, and biting his daddy's ear, as you can see in this video. But last fall, Dad went away for twenty days, and that was hard on Pusic. When he finally came back, it was a joyful reunion for the cat. (via Laughing Squid)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Disclaimers Galore

Hitchcock

I remember seeing this on TV. (via reddit)

What if English Were 100% Germanic?



We could communicate pretty well using only the Germanic influences of English without the Romance language words. This is rather interesting. (via reddit)

Bill

Who Ya Gonna Call?

(Thanks, Anders!)

The Harp Twins Do "Iron Man"



The 1970 Black Sabbath song "Iron Man" is a heavy metal classic, no pun intended. Or maybe it was intended. Anyway, you can't get any further from the popular concept of heavy metal than the angelic music of the harp. So of course, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as The Harp Twins, had to play the song on harps. In case you're wondering about the fascinating backdrop, this was recorded at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

10 Ways Beauty Gave History a Makeover.

The Many Possible Reasons British People Hire Chimney Sweeps for Their Weddings. Mainly because they are good luck.

10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Lawn. You want it to be a nice place to walk through in your bare feet.

How Realistic are New York Apartments on TV Shows? Hint: less realistic as time goes by.


17 Secrets of Wedding Photographers.

New Super-Earth May Be Best Yet for Finding Signs of Life. Until a better one is discovered in another week or so.


How Office Culture Can Crush Women’s Ambitions.

How To Know When Your Roommate Is Bad. Some annoyances are trivial, others are a sign that you need to get out.

Fox News dumped Bill O'Reilly over money. It's that simple. Change comes when it affects the bottom line.
   
Women in Medicine: 6 Pioneering Activists. They had to fight for the right to save lives.

Goldilocks


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A Story 84 Years in the Making



In February, 93-year-old Tom Sitter entered The Moth in Madison StorySLAM storytelling contest in Madison, Wisconsin. He told about his Valentines Day experience in 1933, when he was in third grade. Sitter scored the competition's first-ever perfect ten. Maybe it's because he told it so well, or maybe it's because we can all relate to the tale. Or  both. He now advances to the StorySLAM championship round. I hope we get video of his performance in that round. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Small Town News

The Surprisingly Mysterious Life of Bob Ross



Bob Ross, the host of the calm, pleasant, and long running show The Joy of Painting, is remembered as a great guy because so many people loved to watch his show, and he encouraged so many people to enjoy painting. That's a pretty good legacy. But how much do we really know about the man? It turns out that no one knew all that much about him. Not that there's any deep, dark scandals to be found, but Ross was so private that people couldn't help but be curious about his life. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out spills what we know and don't know about the affable but very reserved Bob Ross. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Movie Ratings

Someone at reddit said that PG stands for "parents gone." (via reddit)

9 Dedicated Dogs with Amazing Jobs

Dogs live to please us, and some are bred to love work. Give them a job helping people, and the rewards go both ways. Here are nine dogs who do amazing work every day, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

The Silence of the Lambs as a Romantic Comedy



Jody Foster and Anthony Hopkins star in the most romantic movie of the year! She's an ambitious young FBI agent, just trying to make it in a tough profession. Then she meets him, and everything changes. What's not to love about that? Cinefix once again shows us how selective editing and mood music can shape a film into anything you want it to be. (via Laughing Squid)

Stories from the Underworld

Bartenders Guess Who Is Underage



The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21. The age is set by the states, but the federal government enacted "incentives," like highway funds, to get all states to 21 as the drinking age. In this video, bartenders, some more experienced than others, show how they can tell if someone is over 21 and legal to serve. Turns out they aren't as adept as they thought. That's why they ask for your ID, even if you are 35. To be honest, people between puberty and middle age can be any age if you don't know for sure. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

15 Things You May Not Know About Ulysses S. Grant. Some trivia about our 18th president. 

The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Craving. Once it was hard to get, now it's hard to avoid.

The Best 100 Episodes of The Simpsons. Strangely, they are all from the show's first ten years.


How Florida Entraps Pain Patients, Forces Them to Snitch, Then Locks Them Up for Decades. 

Each Tree Is Its Own Adventure: Climbing giant sequoias for science. Not a job for someone with acrophobia.

Do you remember Harley-Davidson perfume? Bic For Her? TwitterPeek? They are all exhibits at the new Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden. (via Metafilter)

This Man Can Help You Escape the IRS Forever. All you need is a small fortune -and a taste for foreign food. (via Boing Boing)

See specimens of Xenophora, a genus of mollusks that are very real -and very weird. These sea snails decorate their own shells with other shells!

The employment system in the U.S. no longer works the way it should. We have to move past the idea that a job defines who we are.

19 Interesting Facts About the Movie Casino.

Head Count

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Biisuke Ball's Big Adventure Part 2



A  couple of years ago, we were treated to Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure from the Japanese TV show Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch). The bad news is that video has been erased from the internet, but the good news is that we now have part two of Biisuke, Biita, and Biigoro's adventures. In this story, Biisuke becomes trapped and must be rescued by his brothers Biita and Biigoro. In case you don't remember, the three brothers are balls who race around on some amazing chain reaction courses. In Japanese with English subtitles. What a world we live in that a Rube Goldberg machine can have a plot, victims, bad guys, and heroes. (via Digg)

Tweet of the Day





It's over a year old, but clever.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some Assembly Required

Millennial Hoarders



Millennials know that hoarding is bad, and can lead to dangerous conditions in your home. But they live in a different world, and some suffer from a different kind of hoarding disorder. Do you know any digital hoarders? Yeah, I'm guilty of this myself. Not videos, but links and URLs. I have documents in folders within other folders going back to 2005, stuff I jotted down that I thought might be useful in my work someday. I might get around to abandoning that stuff sooner or later. After all, most of it is in a format I can no longer open, anyway. (via Boing Boing

Cop Had to Take a Picture

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Wine

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Broken Traffic Light



In this dash cam video, we find that a light has gone wonky on the streets of Kemerovo, Russia. A passerby thinks he can give it a whack with a stick and maybe it will right itself. What could possibly go wrong? You'll have to watch the video to find out. Let's just say he makes things much worse. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Miss Cellania's Links

Plucked From Obscurity: Eyeglass Wipers.

The Lost City of Z and Its Brutal Production. Director James Gray talks about the difficulties of filming in the Amazon rainforest.

WLKY wasn't allowed to take video of a football game, so they had to get creative for the TV broadcast. They used an "artist" to produce a reasonable facsimile of the plays.

Trump Ignores Fairness Concerns On Turkey Referendum By Congratulating Erdogan On Victory.   

Peter Flax crossed the U.S. four times in a 36-hour period for the Hollywood Reporter. That sounds like pure hell for most of us, but his assignment was to experience and compare four different airlines' premium first-class service. (via Digg)

Screenwriters Share Their Weirdest Script Notes from producers and studio executives. Many of the best stories are about "totally missing the point." (via Boing Boing

Unsuspecting Woman Brings Therapy Dog to Local Furry Convention. She was invited, and figured it was about pets. (via Metafilter)

Got a big tax refund? Here's what you should — and shouldn't — do with it.

Cling

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Whole Phrases Hidden in English Words



English is a language that's always evolving. Every day, we use words that weren't in existence 50 years ago. Then there are words that have been around a long time, but they've changed. One way the language has changed is by condensing sentences we use a lot down into one word. Lots of these words have a history that may be surprising to you. Linguist Arika Orent takes us on a tour of words that once were entire phrases, but became condensed with use. You might be saying something completely different from what you thought! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Clever

The Best of Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017



If you are a Star Wars fan and couldn't attend Star Wars Celebration this past week, you can enjoy the highlights of the convention. See the passionate fans, the cute kids, the movie stars, the music, the cosplay, and the excitement surrounding the 40th anniversary of Star Wars

Fans got to see previews of the new Star Wars video game, new toys, the planned Star Wars theme parks, and the first trailer for episode eight. And then there's the tributes to Carrie Fisher. A good time was had by all. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Coffee Sign

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