(via Bad Newspaper)
Sunday, August 20, 2017
How average you are depends on how many different parameters you are looking at. If you look at enough statistics, you'll find some category in which you are exceptional, and that, too, is quite normal. It turns out I am average in almost every way, except for how many children I have, and whether I am above or below the average depends on your definitions. Still, being above or below average does not mean you are abnormal. Then again, you are probably more average than you think you are. All my life I've been told that I'm short, when I have always been the exact average for a woman my age. I knew that. Where people are particularly bad at knowing their own "averageness" is in their intelligence and competence. That's where the Dunning-Kruger Effect and Impostor Syndrome come in.
Here's a dog with a unique job. He walks around the tourist district of Huangpu village in China, showing everyone a sign advertising his owner's hamburger shop! Take his word for it, the burgers are good. Want to take a picture? He'll pose, but only with his sign facing front so you can see it. That's a good dog. (via Tastefully Offensive)
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Per your request, "We Didn't Start the Fire" for 2017. As appropriate, I sacrificed strict chronology on the altar of poetic license. pic.twitter.com/SdCLINFNi7— Betsy Kübler-Ross (@20002ist) August 18, 2017
Click on the image of the text to read all the lyrics (so far). Someone needs to make a music video right away. (via Metafilter)
Whatever else you say, you can't say our president is a do-nothing. Brooke Baldwin of CNN went down the list of what our current administration has done in the past month. It's a pretty long list, but it goes fast. While most of it is a mess, the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a relief. (via Uproxx)
WL Intelligent Technology Co, Ltd, in Guangzhou set up 1,069 Dobi robots and had them all dance in unison. This set a new world record. Well, they actually set up more robots than that, but the few that fell over while dancing were deducted from the total count. They still looked good. The Dobi robots broke the previous record that was set only a couple of weeks ago by another Chinese company. This may be the beginning of a back-and-forth that could eventually bring the robot apocalypse upon us. (via Boing Boing)
Friday, August 18, 2017
Cats are experts at yoga. They can bend themselves into any position, because they are liquid, of course. Simon's Cat wordlessly demonstrates his abilities in this video. But do cats get the same benefits out of yoga that humans do? For them, it's just everyday posing, and they are already as limber as a stream of water.
Nick Bertke, also known as Pogo, is back with a new musical remix of the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin. Since you know the story already, you'll enjoy this musical collage as a four-minute movie viewing with a beat. And since Bertke works directly with Disney, the visuals are a high-res kaleidoscope. And there's a surprise at the end. (via Tastefully Offensive)