Sunday, August 20, 2017

Elk

Know Your Eclipse

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The Great American Eclipse



Astrophysicist  Dr. Andy Howell talks about the Great American Eclipse tomorrow, for those of you who want to be "totally" prepared. Or should I say "totality prepared"?

Tweet of the Day



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Seven Sisters

Are You Above Or Below Average?



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.

Our House

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Dog with an Advertising Job



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

Keeping Up with the News

The Onion is trying its best. (via reddit)

Wildcat Scream



Have you ever wondered what a caracal cub sounds like? No? Well, you know now anyway. Give him a year, and that scream will be frightening.

Tweet of the Day



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)

Skuldervarmer

IKEA released instructions on how to make one of their rugs into a cape, as they do on Game of Thrones. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Trump's Chaotic Month



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)  

Teacher's Pet

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1,069 Dancing Robots Set a World Record



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

Casual But Chic

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Simon's Cat's Guide to Ultimate Cat Yoga



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.




Park Ranger

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Carpet Ride



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

Almost

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Hair in the Streets



In a segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden's Crosswalk ensemble got a little help from Lin-Manuel Miranda in performing selections from the musical Hair -at a crosswalk on Beverly Boulevard.
Both CBS and the state of California have told us we can't be nude in a crosswalk. Then again, people told me that Alexander Hamilton wasn't a Puerto Rican rapper with beautiful brown eyes.
So guess what happened. Of course, this was TV, so my guess is that there were flesh-tone Speedos underneath all that pixelation. Otherwise, there would be people bragging on Facebook about seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda in the altogether during their evening commute. (via Mashable)

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Keep It Cool. A brief history of trying to beat the heat.

Why we put sugar in bags.

Socialism: As American As Apple Pie.

Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

Know Your Cats

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Dog Cries with Baby



Dog takes baby's cracker. Baby realizes cracker is gone. Baby cries. Dog cries in sympathy. The world makes no sense. But you have to admit, it's cute and funny. (via Digg)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Marriage Omen

Dinner with a White Suporemacist



Eddie Huang took his show Huang's World to Washington, DC. He spoke with white supremacist Jared Taylor over dinner. Taylor says the Europeans built America, but let's remember how they did it: they seized the land from the Natives, brought in Africans to build structures and till the soil, and got the Chinese to lay the railroads. Yeah, white people did that stuff, too. America was multicultural from its foundation; it was the Europeans who reaped the benefits.

But why is Taylor so terrified of being a minority? Could it be because he doesn't want to be treated the way he treats minorities now? You can see the whole episode of Huang's World here. (via Digg)

A Keeper

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Meanwhile, in Canada

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UVA Candlelight Vigil



Thousands of people carried candles at the UVA campus Wednesday night and sang songs. Allison Wrabel has video Tweets of "Amazing Grace," "Lean on Me," and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" as well. She also linked to a story about the student journalists at UVA covering last weekend's chaos.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

Where To Join Anti-Nazism Marches And Charlottesville Memorials Around The Country.

12 Secrets of Roller Coaster Designers.

The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

This is what Charlottesville looks like when people march for peace.

First Instinct

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quote

Houston Police

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Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel



Trash pandas just wanna have fun! This adorable trio of raccoon cubs discovered that the wheel of a hanging bicycle makes a great swing. They can't wait for their turn, so they fight a little, and then end up piling on all at once. Whee! (via Laughing Squid)


Participation Award

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The North Korea Polka



Weird Al Yankovic debuted his newest song Sunday on Last Week Tonight. Kim Jung-Un backed off his threat to nuke Guam on Tuesday. Coincidence? You can view the whole North Korea segment of the show here. It contains NSFW language. -via Metafilter

Victorian Banana Candy with Banana Facts



Gregory Cohen of Public Displays of Confection knows that we love watching the hard candy with images inside being made. Cohen also knows that the process can be tedious, even on video, so as the candy is being cooled, pulled, shaped, and pulled again, he tells us everything we ever needed to know about bananas. Like, how they are cultivated, the internal structure of a banana, and why banana candy usually doesn't taste like a banana. The candy factory is also a soda fountain Called Lofty Pursuits in Tallahassee, Florida, so Cohen is fairly enamored of the bananas he uses for banana splits. 

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The Magyar Moustache Experiment.

“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.” Dude, it's a photograph. You are the angry racist we see. (via Jezebel)

Parenting Is Not a “Job,” and Marriage Is Not “Work.”

After Charlottesville, I Asked My Dad About Selma.

Why You Should Care About Where Your Tuna Comes From. Pollutants are not the same across the globe.

I Wore A Mars Space Suit And It Was Exhausting. Living in an inhospitable atmosphere will be no walk in the park.

John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s.

How to Spot a Fake Viral Video. Begin with the idea that not every recording is true to life.

The Bloody, Exhilarating Bonnie and Clyde Broke Taboos When it Hit Screens 50 Years Ago. It was historical fiction, yet resonated with the counterculture.

The Game of Thrones Characters Need to Hang Out More. Battles and special effects are nice, but dialogue is where the show really shines.


Dear Diary

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Kids grow up so fast. (sniff) Hair grows so slowly.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Squirrel Bullies

Sail 2015



Every four years, Amsterdam hosts a boat festival called Sail Amsterdam. This is a time-lapse drone view of Sail 2015. It's really pretty. The next Sail Amsterdam will be in August of 2020. 

Stairs

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Donald Trump and Charlottesville




Lawrence O'Donnell sums up Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville demonstrations and murder last weekend. This is the best summary I've heard yet.

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Hugs!

Google Search as an Omen

Google search term statistics are good for detecting trends. Sometimes they can be a harbinger of disaster. If the predictions are correct, there is the possibility for traffic gridlock all across the United States. Due to her summer job schedule, my daughter is moving to her new college on August 21 instead of move-in day this week. At first I was quite disappointed, as the path of totality is only a couple of hours away from me in normal traffic, but now I see that decision as a blessing in disguise. This is the latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd. Go to the comic page to see the hover text.     

Muscle Up



Take a trip through Muscle Beach at sunrise with the world's smallest drone. Robert McIntosh brings us an amazing continuous shot that draws you in as it zooms out. While watching this, I bet you started to wonder how he did this. It becomes clear when you watch the raw video that was taken that morning.



That was before it was reversed and stabilized with ReelSteady for Adobe After Effects. But in some ways, the raw video is more impressive. I especially liked the part where the drone approached Jim Morrison. (via reddit

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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

Here’s What Really Happened In Charlottesville.

A Brief History of Mooning. They didn't call it "mooning" in the Middle Ages, so you have to wonder if the common people had their own term for the gesture. (via Metafilter)

John Ballou Newbrough's Orphan Utopia. His new Faithist religion was dictated by angels in the 1880s. (via Metafilter)

The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.
 
The Lost History of an American Coup D’État. The white supremacists who took over Wilmington in 1898 were lauded as heroes until they just weren't mentioned anymore.

Cone Kludge

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How to Make a Blockbuster Movie Trailer



If you thought movie trailers are looking more and more like every other movie trailer lately, you're not alone. They all follow the same formula, as explained by Auralnauts. The real test would be to put a movie trailer into YouTube Doubler with this video and see how close they are, if you find one that's about the same length. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Polka

Not Something You See Every Day

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Is a Man-Made Diamond Still a Diamond? 

The basic assumption of tax reform is wrong. If history is any guide, raising taxes on the rich is the way to go.

Every Movie Poster Saul Bass Ever Designed, from Champion in 1949 to Schindler's List in 1993.  (via Metafilter)

Here's Your Crash Course on College Football for 2017. Catch up on everything you should know before the first kickoff.

The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties. Edward Jones made a reputation for himself by sneaking into the royal palace.

The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos. The few seconds of video has no other purpose than to serve as a signature.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High 35 years later. Writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling reminisce about the film that launched a dozen careers.

Adam Ellis is coming to the realization that his apartment building is haunted. Even his cats know someone is there at midnight.

The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads. No one wanted to manufacture a product that couldn't be advertised.

America's Health Care System Kills People—But It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

Can Opener

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How to Put a Kid to Bed



Children do not want to go to sleep at 8 PM, or whenever you've decided bedtime is. They're not sleepy, and they want to play. But their parents was been waiting all day for a chance to catch their breath, and they'd love to have a few minutes of calm before they fall into their own exhausted sleep. New Zealand dad Jordan Watson shares some of his wisdom about putting children to bed. It's a losing battle. You cannot make a child fall asleep. You can only hope to outlast them so you can have a few minutes to yourself. Good luck. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Vegetarian Specials

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Too Darn Hot



Song by Ella Fitzgerald, animation by Disney. This jazz is both hot and cool. (via Everlasting Blort)

No Exceptions

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The Courtship Dance of the Hooded Grebe



The hooded grebe is a critically endangered species of bird that lives in South America. They are known for their spectacular mating dance, which is even more stylized than the human tango. Yeah, it's funny-looking, but it works for them. This footage is from the upcoming documentary Tango in the Wind. (via reddit)

Princesses Reading

Charlottesville

My heart aches over the events of Charlottesville, Virginia. Katherine Fritz summed it up pretty well here. If you've got lots more time, I suggest reading this ongoing Metafilter thread.

Sorry

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Tweet of the Day



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Kitten Plays with Dog's Tail



The dog's just wagging his tail because he's happy and that's what dogs do.  The kitten sees a dragon that needs to be slayed. (via reddit)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Unimaginable Crime

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The Story Behind "Brandy"



I almost didn't post this video, but then the first words I heard were "I'm Bart Herbison with the Nashville Songwriter's Association." I used to work with Bart at a radio station in Paris, Tennessee, about 30 years ago. Also, the song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" was my favorite song when I was 13 years old (but not in Tennessee). Elliot Lurie wrote the song, and gives us the rundown on how it came about. (via Boing Boing)


Adulthood

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Funny Birds



There are some great little scenes here. I wish I had the timed the incentive to give them all voiceovers, because I've got some great dialogue lines in my head.


Can You Solve the Fish Riddle?



Here's another TED-Ed brain bender that can ruin your evening. I actually tried for a little while to solve the puzzle on my own, but I got bogged down and went for the answer. Yeah, there's math involved, as well as logic, which is why I got bogged down. Even if you don't try to figure it out by yourself, the story turns out to be kinda cute, with endangered species, sharks, and a submarine. (via Laughing Squid)

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Smile!

Chicken Outwitted by Bread



This hen is having a hard time with a piece of hollowed-out bread. She somehow gets it over her head and stuck around neck. But the bird-brain hasn't learned a thing, because she manages to get a second piece of bread stuck around her neck. However, at the end of the day, this chicken goes back to the coop with bread she can eat later (if she figures out how), so how is that dumb? Meanwhile, all I could think of while watching this video is that the person laughing in the background sounds more and more like a chicken as the video went along. (via Tastefully Offensive)

We're Not Falling For That Trick

Pandas Falling Down



Pandas are cute, but they've never been known for their grace. If you give them an enrichment activity or a toy to play with, they will get so excited they forget how to stand up. So enjoy a supercut of adorable but clumsy giant pandas falling down, from the Chengdu Panda Research Center in China. It's a good thing these critters are round and fluffy. And they seem to bounce fairly well. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Delicious and Swetty

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Animated Tattoo



Phil Berge is an artist at the Tattoo Shack in Quebec. He inked 19 different people with Bart Simpson on his skateboard, each one slightly different. When he put all 19 tattoos together, it's an animation of Bart doing a kick flip! While the project is pretty cool, you have to wonder about all those people who thought, "Yeah, whatever you want to permanently embed on my arm, that's fine." Berge has done several of these tattoo animations; you can check them out at his YouTube page. One is NSFW. (via Boing Boing)

A Cat Maze Made of 50 Boxes



Chris Pool made a maze for his cats Cole and Marmalade. Lucky cats! This is a project so simple anyone can do it. And if you have more than one cat, the floor show that ensues will be worth the effort. What's great about this idea is that it's modular. If you have the room, you can set up all 50 boxes, or 25, or ten, and put them in a different order each time. If the boxes are all square, like these, rearranging them would be very simple. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Road Work

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Auto Soccer



Have you ever heard of auto soccer? The ball is eight feet wide, and you kick it around with a car! The goalies are excavator operators. This is the 3rd Annual Fastracs game, played in Red Hook, New York, in 2016. It resembles the game Rocket League, but auto soccer has been around quite a while: Top Gear has been doing it for years, and auto polo was played 100 years ago. The video game came out in 2015. (via reddit)

How Far We've Come

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Aaryamaan, Warrior of the Universe



An Indian TV show that appears to be a bad remake of Star Wars. You can see the entire episode here, although it's not any more exciting than this clip. (via reddit)

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Rubber Soul, the Beatles' Breakthrough Album. Eddie Deezen has the story.

This Is What European Diplomats Really Think About Donald Trump.

8 Amazing Things Uncovered by Melting Glaciers and Ice.

Defending Indiana Jones, Archaeologist. He may have been an unrepentant looter, but he was good at it.

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart. "The basic problem is that most families used to receive something approaching their fair share of economic growth, and they don’t anymore."

The 10 Worst Circus Disasters. It's enough to make you want to work on television instead.

Shilah Madison Calvert-Yin has "uncombable hair syndrome," which is a rare and real disease. But Shilah's family has embraced her awesome hair.

How Ice Cream Helped America at War. It became a symbol of the American way of life.

In 1895, Marvin R. Clark published the essential cat dictionary, called Pussy and Her Language. Read the twenty most interesting lessons about cat communication from the book.

Trump’s Opioid Commission Had Some Stunningly Good Recommendations. He Ignored Them For 80s Drug War Nostalgia.  

How the internet ruined the Neighborhood Watch. You didn't really want to know this much about your neighbors.

Brush the Cat

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Agreement

Dominos and Fire



Here's something you probably haven't seen before: a domino run for pyromaniacs! Kaplamino built a chain-reaction domino fall featuring matches, sparklers, candles, fireworks, and open flames. Rube Goldberg would have been proud. This had to be terribly precise, as it even harnesses warm air currents.
The ideas you can see in this video are more reliable than you think and work almost everytime if you build it correctly (the hardest part was to find how to build it correctly, in the screenlink you have the first version of the trick and in the final machine the 100% working version). And when there was a fail it was never caused by the part with the rubber band ( the match always lights up). Feel free to use it in your videos ! I'm sure there is so many tricks to invent with this concept.

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Gatorade

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Floating Fast Food: The Story of the McBarge. We're still waiting for its resurrection.

5 Mythic Eclipse Monsters Who Mess With the Sun and Moon. When the sun went out and the world didn't end, some explanation had to be found.

Stephen King's 10 Most Terrifying Human Villains. They're more plausible than supernatural, and that's truly scary.

No Dog Has Ever Wanted To Leave The Park Less Than This Dog. He's having way too much fun to go home!

The secret to office happiness isn’t working less—it’s caring less. Just don't let the boss know.

Pigeons of War and their Double Decker Buses. Homing pigeons taken into battle risked their lives to get back home with important communications.

A New Memorial Will Soon Honor the Heroism of Native American Veterans. The National Museum of the American Indian will take submissions for its design beginning in November.
 
Horses In This Week’s Game of Thrones vs. My Horses.
 
What Trump’s White House Shake-Ups Mean for Saturday Night Live.
 
Hollywood Loved Sammy Davis Jr Until He Dated a White Movie Star.

Iron Man Lemon Cat

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