Thursday, June 22, 2017

When the Bus Stop Button is Broken

Some municipal buses just drive by a bus stop if there's no one waiting to get on. If you need to get off the bus there, you ring a bell or push a button to let the bugs driver know. This bus in Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a non-functioning button, so they installed temporary workaround.




Meanwhile, in Mexico, this technology has been in use longer, so they know they should install the chicken out of reach of children. Genius!

Trevor Noah Tells It Like It Is



Philando Castle was shot in his car after police pulled him over for a broken light, with his girlfriend and young daughter in the car. This week, the officer who shot him multiple times was acquitted of all charges. Trevor Noah addressed this better than anyone else I've heard, on The Daily Show. He added his personal experience in a "between the scenes" unaired segment.



Read more about the case at Uproxx.

Miss Cellania's Links

The Love Life of W.C. Fields. It was complicated, to say the least.

The Dog Photographer Of The Year Contest Announced Its Winners, And They're Amazing. The squee is strong with these doggos.

Would Canadians give up their single-payer healthcare system for the US style of healthcare? No, and they then explain why.

I'm Terrible, Thanks For Asking.

Angry Neighbors and the Notes They Write. (via Boing Boing)

A surgeon’s secret: As she operated on babies’ birth defects, a doctor hid her own diagnosis. Dr. Mary Austin is performing cutting-edge miracles for infants not yet born. (via Metafilter)

Yoga Makes People Super Emotional. But Why? To those who do not participate, it looks like the pain causes tears.

How Cults Brainwash their Members. And the ways to break out of such a system. (via Digg)

Everything you ever wanted to know about America’s northernmost town. Find out why Barrow, Alaska, even exists.

The Making of the American Diner. They were once known as a "vulgar boys' club."


Pants

(via Fark)

Young Orangutan Escapes from his Mother



A juvenile orangutan at the Jersey Zoo https://www.durrell.org/wildlife/visit/ was caught trying to establish his independence from his mother. She was not having any of it. The scene played out like a sitcom, and got an appropriate soundtrack. The dialogue is not difficult to imagine.

Mom: Come along, Junior, let's go.
Kid: Aw, Mom! I wanna play some more!
Mom: But it's time for lunch.
Kid: But I have having fun!
Mom: Don't you want some nice greens so you'll grow big and strong?
Kid: Haha, you can't catch me!
Mom: why you little… come back here!
Kid: Haha!
Mom: I swear, you are just like your father!

(via Tastefully Offensive)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Demonstration

Billie Jean (Wild West Cover)



Samuraiguitarist gives us Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" as a spaghetti western theme. (via Boing Boing)

Waldo

(via reddit)

Dizzy



What fun! (via reddit)

Fancy Pants

I Mean Business

Miss Cellania's Links

Sneezing Advice for Doctors.

The United States Postal Service released a new stamp that uses thermochromic ink to give us two different images on one stamp. The eclipse stamp is a commemoration of the total solar eclipse that will cross the U.S. on August 21. (via Metafilter)

Marais Poitevin: France’s Green Venice.

Donald Trump Reports He’s Getting Rich as President.

Inside the Tolstoy Family Reunion. Almost 300 of Leo Tolstoy's descendants live all over the world.
 
Star Wars: 10 Unsung Heroes Behind A New Hope. You might be surprised at those who worked behind the scenes to bring the saga to life.

Why Diverse Ken Dolls Now Come in Different Body Types, Skin Colors.

Reinventing the Toilet. New technology could be the future of sanitation in Third World nations.

23 Things Emergency Room Workers Want You To Know. They will save your life, so straighten up.

I was bullied as a kid. It almost ruined my adult life.

Insomnia SWAT Team

(via Fark)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

An Honest Trailer for Power Rangers



Did anyone go see the movie Power Rangers when it was released back in the spring? I guess so, since the movie performed a little better than expected, but it was never expected to be a blockbuster. Critical response was meh. Screen Junkies knows what the problem was: the movie was too serious about the adventures of five teenage superheroes in matching costumes. The producers didn't seem to realize that the franchise's silliness was a big part of its draw. Too bad. Instead of a action-comedy, they ended up with a teen drama crossed with a doughnut ad. Enjoy some hard-hitting criticism of Power Rangers in the latest Honest Trailer. (Thanks, Jill!)

Leaving His Mark

(via reddit)

Boys

It's okay for girls. (via Mostly Forbidden Zone)

1865 Ad for a Wife

We don't know the provenance of this delightful newspaper ad posted at reddit. We can assume that it was published around 1865, as the young man was a fan of Andy Johnson, or president Andrew Johnson, who served from 1865 (upon the death of Lincoln), was impeached in 1868, and remained in office until 1869. For an 18-year-old, the writer seems to have his life together, but was probably working too hard so far to meet many young woman. When he says he wants to buy waterfalls, he is most likely referring to a waterfall bustle, as was the style at the time. I would bet that he got responses to this ad. The last line makes him seem cute as well as successful.

Baby Enjoys a Rocking Horse



This horse knows what babies like! Just a slight push on the baby seat handle rocks the child and produces smiles and squeals of delight from 8-month-old Ruby. Her mother, Stacey Storer from Nottingham, England, said Ruby was tired and upset before Red started rocking her. That's a good horse. (via Tastefully Offensive)  

Miss Cellania's Links

The Garden of Ghastly Delights. The Théâtre du Grand Guignol gave audiences the blood and gore they wanted.

John Oliver sees a coal company’s cease-and-desist letter and raises them these nuts. Video contains NSFW language.

This Bizarre 1911 Film Warns of the Perils of Self-Driving Cars.

The 50 Best Drive-In Restaurants in the U.S..  

A Treasury Official in 1866 Put His Own Face on U.S. Currency. When paper money was temporarily issued to replace coin amounts, Spencer M. Clark saw a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Margaret Brown led a remarkable life even apart from surviving the Titanic. She was "unsinkable" in all her pursuits.

Tesla electric cars are usually quiet, but this guy's Model X was meowing when he went out Saturday morning! Tesla technicians went above and beyond to remove a kitten stuck inside the bumper.

12 fascinating facts about feminist icon Nancy Drew. She broke carriers, despite creator Edward Stratemeyer's belief in traditional gender roles.

The Stories Behind Ding Dong and Other Small Town Names. Like Two Egg, Florida; Possum Grape, Arkansas; George, Washington; and more.

Ancient DNA shows that Cats Domesticated Themselves. They lived among humans for thousands of years before they decided to be pets.