Monday, September 26, 2016

The Statue's Revenge

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Pen Pineapple Apple Pen



Japanese comedian Kosaka Daimaou, whose real name is Kazuhiko Kosaka, has a character he does named Piko-Taro. Here, Piko-Taro sings a little ditty about pens and pineapples. It doesn’t make a bit of sense, but since he posted it one month ago, it’s been covered and remixed by dozens of YouTubers. Now if you see the abbreviation PPAP or see ✒️🍍 🍎 ✒️, you’ll known what it means. Well, good luck getting that tune out of your head the rest of the day. (via Metafilter)

The Modern Photo-Op

And that's how you do 100 selfies at once. (via reddit)

Scandals



John Oliver is back, in fine form. On Last Week Tonight last night, he talked about the scandals that are attached to both presidential candidates. Only the latest are examined, thank goodness, or the video would be years long. Yeah, Trump is ethically compromised to a massive degree, but what worries me is how so many voters admire him for exactly that.  

Miss Cellania's Links

The Boy Who Saved Batman. Michael Uslan turned the camp figure into the Dark Knight.

You Have Less Than Two Weeks To Register To Vote In Some States. Get It Out Of The Way Now.

Roadside Curiosities: Things That Make You Go "What the Heck?"

The police blotter at The Flathead Beacon is always entertaining. Thursday’s was a real hoot. (via Dave Barry)

This is why Trump will win the election. more people see Tomi Lahren on Facebook than watch network news.

Why The Princess Bride is a Perfect Fantasy Movie. Because it’s got something for everyone.

Magical Life Advice from Muppets Creator Jim Henson. He was always looking at the bright side.

10 Secrets of Filming Reality TV Shows. Starring in one ca’t be worth the headaches and humiliation.

The Absurdist Theme Park Where Confederates Win and Dinosaurs Roam. Dinosaur Kingdom II is Mark Cline’s bizarre collection of attractions you can visit.

The rise of the 'bedless hospital.’ It’s cheaper, and probably safer, to recuperate at home.

Dudley Do-Right

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My Car Plays Jazz With His Glove Box



Duncan de Heusden has a squeaky glove box in his car. It’s more than that. When the glove box is opened, it plays a little riff that sounds a bit like a French horn. So he recorded it. And then he started playing around with the recording. Soon, he was singing along and mixing in other sounds. Before you know it, he had a full-blown composition built around his squeaky glove box. You can hear it any time at SoundCloud. (via Laughing Squid)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

As It Happens

Maserati

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The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial and Museum

Warning: this video contains NSFW language.



Do you recall the Staten Island Ferry Disaster of 1963? The news flew under the radar because it happened on the morning of November 22, and the media became overwhelmingly focused on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But now there’s a memorial and a museum dedicated to the memory of the disaster and those who lost their lives. From the memorial page:
It was close to 4am on the quiet morning of November 22, 1963 when the Steam Ferry Cornelius G. Kolff vanished without a trace. On its way with nearly 400 hundred people, mostly on their way to work, the disappearance of the Cornelius G. Kolff remains both one of New York’s most horrific maritime tragedies and perhaps its most intriguing mystery. Eye witness accounts describe “large tentacles” which “pulled” the ferry beneath the surface only a short distance from its destination at Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. Nobody on board survived and only small pieces of wreckage have been found…strangely with large “suction cup-shaped” marks on them. The only logical conclusion scientists and officials could point to was that the boat had been attacked by a massive octopus, roughly half the size of the ship. 
You can find out more about the memorial and the attached museum at its website. You can even get a memorial t-shirt. Residents of Staten Island were surprised by the sudden opening of the memorial, but that’s to be expected, because it was 53 years ago. It also didn’t happen. The story  is hoax by artist Joe Reginella, a Staten Island native who has been handing out brochures for the memorial. The memorial does exist, if you can find it, but the museum does not. The ferry Cornelius G. Kolff existed at one time, but was not attacked by a giant octopus. The t-shirts, of course, are real. The brochures, t-shirts, and the actual statue depicting a ferry being devoured by a tentacled monster will go a long way toward perpetuating the urban legends city dwellers like to tell tourists. (via Metafilter)

Fork

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Magic Markers

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Do You Know This Man?

Two Handed Snake sings "Trust in Me"



Mike Phirman does a snake puppet that lip-syncs (if a snake had lips) to the song Sterling Holloway sang in The Jungle Book. Actually, he doesn’t even have a puppet -he’s using just his two hands! It’s a trick that’s as mesmerizing as the animated sequence, simply because he’s so good at it. (via reddit)

Adopting a Dog

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Paralyzed Bulldog Gets Prosthetic Legs



This story is a couple of years old, but it’s so cute it’s worth sharing. Spencer’s back legs are paralyzed. You may wonder how prosthetic legs help a paralyzed dog, and it doesn’t appear that they amputated his legs. I believe (and I may be wrong) that the new legs are fitted over his existing legs, and act as a brace so that he can use his upper thigh muscles to control his lower leg movement. And the shoes she gave him are fabulous! (via Metafilter)

The Rifleman

This morning my husband was watching The Rifleman on TV, while I heard the dialogue in my office. The show did its best to showcase morality tales as Lucas McCain imparted life lessons to his son. This episode was about discrimination against a Chinese father and son. There was an altercation between the two boys, which came about when Mark McCain compared the newcomer to a girl. Rightfully, he got his lesson in cultural differences and why a Chinese boy of the time period would wear a queue. All was forgiven, and the father was allowed to open a laundry in the Western town. It was a comically gentle depiction of racism, but progressive for its time. 

However, looking from the vantage point of 2016, it strikes me how normal it was that being called girlish or anything to do with girls was a genuine insult and worth fighting over. No one in the 1950s and ‘60s questioned that. While delivering a morality tale on discrimination, the show blithely perpetuated another form of it with no thought at all. I well recall those days, and that’s the way things were. No wonder I spent a big part of my childhood wanting to be a boy -not necessarily because I felt like I should have been a boy, or because boys were inherently better, but because boys were held in higher esteem and regarded as normal humans, while girls were some other kind of thing. And that was rarely even questioned.          

LA Gifathon

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Last spring, animator James Curran gave us a month of gifs illustrating life in New York City. In July, he spent a month in Los Angeles and created a new gif every day for 30 days based on his activities. This video shows all of them strung together with music.



You can see each individual gif at his website. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Arthur Spanks

Don't Let the Cat Out

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