Friday, December 09, 2016

Cole and Marmalade Discover Snow



Chris Poole's cats Cole and Marmalade have never seen snow before. They were fascinated by watching it fall from the sky, but after Chris dressed for the weather and got the cats in their harnesses, the outing did not last long.

Diamond Engagement Ring

World Record Rube Goldberg Contraption Lights Up Christmas Tree



The municipal Christmas tree in Riga, Latvia, was switched on by a process that took 412 steps and ten minutes to complete (the video is shorter because the part where they brewed coffee was condensed). You have to imagine how frustrating all the tests were for this, and how nervous the builders must have been to make it perform perfectly, not just for the waiting crowd outside, but in front of Guinness judges. The company Scandiweb sponsored the record-setting chain reaction that Guinness has enshrined as the World's Largest Rube Goldberg Machine. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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Who Inspired Elvis Presley's Haircut? Eddie Deezen tells the story.

The Top 10 Saturday Night Live Christmas Skits.

Beard Lights for the Ultimate Hipster Christmas.

In Memoriam: Pictures From John Glenn’s Incredible Life. A true American hero.

Real Christmas Trees Or Fake Ones — Which Are Better For The Planet? The answer may surprise you.

The Marx Brothers' Early Career. They were refined in the crucible of live vaudeville shows.

“BRAAAM!”: The Sound that Invaded the Hollywood Soundtrack. Its story is that of the evolution of the movie score.

Airplane Etiquette. Just because your seat reclines doesn't mean that you have the moral right to do it.

7 Great Places with Horrifying Names. Worth going to, if only for the purpose of telling people where you're going.

Shady

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Old, But Still Funny

Total Awesome Viking Power



These folks are role playing as Vikings. They are really into it, but one guy just can't seem to get with the program. He gets a time out -as a dead man. And that's when things really get weird. The line between fantasy and reality becomes blurred when Viking deities are invoked. Odin doesn't care a bit about the boundaries between LARP groups. But is he really who he says he is? This video honestly gets better as it goes along. (via Geeks Are Sexy


Inappropriate

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Grounded

The Lighthouse



A lighthouse keeper stumbles on a surprising discovery that changes everything. The implications are disturbing, when you consider where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. You know, just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should. Or is this a psychotic break, brought on by isolation and monotony?

Simon Scheiber worked on this award-winning stop-motion short for seven years (we assume he also had a day job). It contains over 14,000 individual photographs and incredible details. See some photos from the making of The Lighthouse at its website. (via the Presurfer

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Dark Tourism: A Trip to Slaughterhouse-Five. Germany walks a delicate line in promoting World War II tourism.

Why do Dwarves Sound Scottish and Elves Sound Like Royalty? Tolkien gave them different languages, but we gave them stereotypes.

Feynman’s Building Blocks of Thermodynamics. A simple analogy with a whimsical animation that's easy to understand.

The 50 best places to work in 2017, according to employees. Since happy workers don't quit, they probably have few openings. 

A story told from the view of a kidnapper's dog. https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/5gtpw8/wp_you_are_a_happy_loving_pet_your_master_gives/dauztli/ (via John Farrier) https://twitter.com/JohnCFarrier/status/806246124277338112

This Analysis Shows How Fake Election News Stories Outperformed Real News On Facebook. Most Americans Who See Fake News Believe It, New Survey Says. Trump Supporters Say Fake News Is Just As Big Of A Problem On The Left. To them, the mainstream media is leftist.


The truth about fake news is coming. Stories about established news outlets losing the public's trust are a bit exaggerated.

When You're the Mom, you have to make ALL the cookies.

The Internet Reacts Accordingly To Donald Trump’s ‘Time’ Person Of The Year Cover.

6 Unsettling Mysteries of the Spanish Civil War.

The Santa Hat

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The Imperial March Played on a Coffee Stick



One small piece of plastic is all Deita_Meira needs to play a little tune we all know and love. Well, except me, because it's my ringtone, and no one calls unless they want something.

You can see that the secret is that the coffee stirrer is segmented, so once he figured out what notes they played, he worked on the pattern of the tune itself. You have to wonder what kind of boring job would lead to such a hobby. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Let's Take a Vote

Frank Curre Remembers Pearl Harbor



Pearl Harbor was attacked 75 years ago today, which led the U.S. to join in World War II. StoryCorps interviewed Frank Curre some time ago about what he recalled from that day. It's pretty horrific, but short. (via Laughing Squid)

Short Circuit

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A Star Wars Fan in the Philippines



This is a Star Wars story. Or, more specifically, a story of a young Star Wars fan. Did you ever know a kid who would wear a superhero costume or a tutu to school every day? Alex is that obsessed with a galaxy far, far away.

The video is the result of a partnership between Filipino telecom Globe and Disney Southeast Asia. Maybe I should mention that you need to have a hankie ready for the rest of the story. (via reddit)




Howard the Duck Comic

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Obergurgl-Hochgurgl Photobombs



A few days ago, we had the Obergurgl-Hochgurgl ski resort's extreme skiing. Today I found out that they had a video last year of "photobombs" that guests left on their live webcams. I wouldn't buy that story for a minute, but these must have been fun to make. (via Metafilter)

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Smells in the Workplace. More odorous research.

The American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy. (via Metafilter)

Five of the Top Stargazing Destinations in the World.

How To Make Real Eggnog.

How Harry Potter Shaped Modern Internet Fandom. The Potterverse grew, with its fans, into something much more than just books and movies.

We Tried Gift-Wrapping Tricks And Our Holidays Have Never Been Merrier. Check out which ones worked the best.

Websites are trying various ways to get rid of internet trolls. Here's what GitHub has been doing.

Behind the scenes of the ever-enchanting Nutcracker. The Christmas ballet is a thing of beauty, even backstage.

The Day the Mountain of Fire Was Born. The volcano Eldfell sprang into being on January 23, 1973.