Friday, December 15, 2017

4 Ton Wrecking Ball in Slow Motion

What could be more fun than watching the destruction of a wrecking ball used on a bunch of cars? Watching it all in slow-motion with the Slow-Mo Guys! Gav and Dan start out small, smashing a brick wall, but quickly move on to vehicles. There are many ways to smash a car with a wrecking ball, and they have to try them all out. How did they come up with so many cars to smash? The video is sponsored by Amazon to promote their TV series The Grand Tour, starring the guys who used to be on Top Gear. (via Tastefully Offensive)

A Wreath of Franklin

Debunking the Flat Earth Theory

Meteorologist Keith Carson addresses the people who believe that the earth is flat (called flat earthers) by presenting solid evidence for the contrary. He can't help but be a little snarky about it. Along the way, we find out how flat earthers explain all the things that tell us that the earth is round: day and night, the changing of the seasons, and NASA. Those explanations are painfully and unnecessarily convoluted. That's what happens when belief shapes evidence instead of the other way around. Occam's razor, y'all. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

10 Songs Inspired by Real Women.  And the stories behind them.

Republicans Just Sold Out the Internet. Now What?

The Man Who Killed Santa Claus. No one died, but children were traumatized for life in Arizona in 1932.

How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution. The story of the discovery of green fluorescent protein.

Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants. When you're on the road for the holidays, you'll know what to expect for dinner.

Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America. Whatever you do, do not eat the spotted water hemlock.

Why Millennials are Facing the Scariest Financial Future of Any Generation Since the Great Depression. Being born in the wrong year has consequences that last a lifetime.

How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company. The J. Peterman Company was the only officially licensed producer of the Heart of the Ocean.

Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do

13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. You can make anything from imagination and royal icing.

The Elf

(via Fark)

Wild Christmas

Let's take a look at the magical woodland creatures and how they prepare for Christmas! You've got the turkeys, and the candy cane-antlered deer, and the, uh, elusive Christmas pudding emerging from his den. Not the way you expected that to end, huh? Birdbox Studio presents an animated Christmas greeting card for you. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day

At least she can laugh, which makes us all laugh! (via Buzzfeed)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Isn't It Already Dead?

16-Year-Old Accepted into Harvard

Ayrton Little is only 16 years old, yet he's a senior at TM Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He'll be 17 in February. But students must apply early to get into competitive colleges, and Ayrton's first choice was Harvard University. In this video from earlier this week, he's wearing his Harvard hoodie, surrounded by classmates, as he checks the early acceptance notifications. The students are yelling "three-pete" because this is the third year in a row that a student from the school has been accepted to Harvard. There are only 16 students in the Landry graduating class this year, and one of them is Ayrton's brother Alex. He was the first student from the school ever accepted into Stanford University, which was recorded last week.

WBUR talked to the family about the double accomplishments.
"Is this really happening?" The boys' mother, Maureen Little, kept repeating the question, delighted that both her sons were invited to the prestigious schools.

She said there were difficult times raising her sons as a single mom, but she felt lucky that she never had to worry about their performances in school.

“They brought home good grades,” she said.
I bet they did. (via reddit)

Rudolph's Response

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The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

What we know as Star Wars went through a lot of changes on the way to the silver screen. We know that the film was completely re-edited after shooting. The story went through even more changes between George Lucas' original concept and the final screenplay. To see what his initial ideas might look like in a movie, students from the DAVE School took Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for The Star Wars along with some early script drafts and make an animated trailer-length version.
It's pretty cool to see Luke Skywalker as a girl, but hey, we finally got that in the new trilogy. I'm glad they changed Chewbacca from a scary monster into a hairy hero. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Seven Years

Life becomes more precious when you realize how precarious it is. Joy is celebrating the milestones of life. Hope means making plans in spite of your experience.  In 2010, Randall Munroe's  fiancée (now wife) was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Even after treatment, the only way to know if you beat it is to go on living. 

In 2012, I posted an update as they were celebrating two years cancer-free. It was a relief after following their story for so long. Now he has an update on the story at xkcd

Miss Cellania's Links

Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse the trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

How Black Voters Lifted Doug Jones Over Roy Moore

5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

All 218 U2 Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best. Kudos to the long-suffering staffers who had to listen to them all enough to get a ranking. 

Cold Weather Safety for Dogs: Insights from a Sled Dog Veterinarian. (via a comment at reddit)

Down the Chimney

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The Latke Recipe

Hanukkah is here, time to cook! Or at least get your recipe for latkes. The Maccabeats sing the recipe for u, set to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. This is from their album A Maccabeats Hanukkah.  (via Viral Viral Videos)

Due to popular demand, they had to make another video that actually shows us how the latkes are made.

Tweet of the Day

(via Buzzfeed)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fire Station

Sign at a Liquor Store

(via reddit)

Using Amazon Prime for a Good Deed

Rob Bliss lives in New York City, where "same day delivery" means someone will bring what you buy fairly quickly. What would be the greatest good he could use that for? He approached homeless people and asked them what they needed the most. Click, click, click, and someone was on the way to deliver what they told him.
Note: this video is NOT SPONSORED OR AFFILIATED WITH AMAZON. I'm sure this technique could be used with Postmates or whoever else too. I simply wanted to demonstrate how easy and convenient it can be to bring a person in need, what they need, and to encourage that behavior.
That said, Bliss was impressed at how the delivery guys were cheerful and respectful when they delivered the goods. It had to leave them with a good feeling, as well as Bliss and the people who received the warm clothing and other supplies. (via Laughing Squid)

Congratulations, Alabama!

Roy Moore said that we should dispense with all the constitutional amendments after the Bill of Rights. Those are the amendments that abolished slavery and expanded voting rights to non-whites, women, and young people. He ran for senate against Doug Jones, who prosecuted KKK members for murder. The difference made the difference in last night's senate election, along with organized outreach and voter turnout. Alabama is a lot more than just people who would elect a pedophile in order to outlaw abortion. Thank you.