Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Secrets Behind Rogue One's Final Vader Scene

Director Gareth Edwards explains how the Darth Vader scene in Rogue One came about. It almost turned out quite differently. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Makin' Room

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Costlier Amenities

Like sheets. (via Bad Newspaper)

Simon's Cat in Camouflage Challenge

Blending in with one's surroundings is a common strategy for predators to use in getting some other animal to eat. Leopards are good at it. So are spiders, anglerfish, and octopuses. Simon's Cat tries it out. But Simon's cat is neither a spider nor an anglerfish, although he probably thinks he's a leopard. He just doesn't quite have the needed skills. It might have been his comfy suburban upbringing, or it may be just his bad luck.

Lottery Math

Miss Cellania's Links

The Grateful Dead of Kay Powell. She turned obituary writing into an art form. 

Nowruz Celebrations Around the World. Nowruz is the Persian New Year holiday, which starts at the vernal equinox.

The Upside of Anger: It's a Strong Emotion, But Not Always a Bad One. And it makes people finally listen to you.

Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving. Instead of a village, it takes an army to grow a tree.

30 Passionate But Pointless Arguments. And afterward, you wondered why it mattered so much. (via Metafilter)

This $5900 office chair is supposed to counteract the ill effects of sitting at work. But can you stay awake while being that comfortable?

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death.

Trump Lawyers Swipe at Teen Over Cat Website.

Why Are There No Eggs in Indian Cakes? You don't need them to make light and airy pineapple cake.

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you stress-free. Bring on the puppy videos!


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Peeps in a Vacuum

This is neat. Scientist and science educator Carl Nelson demonstrates what happens when you put things that contain air pockets into a vacuum chamber. the Peeps are cool, but the shaving cream is the best part.

13 Graphs for Laughs

I have an ongoing project to make posts for mental_floss articles I wrote way back when that I do not have an archive for. Here's another one, from 2014. 

Can graphs be funny? That’s a silly question, as you’ve seen plenty of funny flowcharts, pie charts, and Venn diagrams, as well as other charts and graphs, made just for fun here already. But there are other kinds of charts that have a joke in them somewhere. Doghouse Diaries explains a graph's potential for humor. This type of chart is called an XY Plot, or scatter chart, which places items along two axes depending on the two variables measured in relationship to other items. See all of them in a post I did for mental_floss.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Unwind With These 6 Quirky Crochet Projects

If you can imagine it, you can make it with yarn and a crochet hook. Let the crochet lovers of the internet help you try some of these projects from a list I compiled for mental_floss.

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Things Many People Still Don't Understand About Star Wars

Star Wars has become such an epic franchise with such a devoted fandom that the origins of that universe have been left behind. To understand some of the mechanics of the story, Looper takes us back to how the stories were first constructed to remind of some details we've either forgotten or never realized in the first place. A little context helps us to understand how the juggernaut we know as Star Wars grew from just a movie into what it is today: a modern mythology that became more than anyone could have imagined. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Dino Pun

What Have You Got to Lose?

(Thanks, Papasan!)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Marx Brothers in A Day at the Races. A movie worthy of another Queen album.

White House: Trump's golfing is work, unlike Obama's golfing, which was scandalous.

30 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1987.

"A woman came through the drive through yesterday and got a little irritated with me because we didn't have drink carriers. Today, she came back and handed me this."  

The Origins of the World’s Most Divisive Condiment. There is no middle ground when it comes to Marmite.

North Carolina’s Shangri-La Stone Village. More links to explore Shangri-La.

10 of the Lowest-Rated Cars for 2017. If you're having trouble deciding on a model, at least you can eliminate the bottom of the barrel.

Catnip Ain’t the Only Plant That’ll Send Your Kitty to Blissville. A cat-loving scientist has discovered three others.

This Is What America Looked Like When Alcohol Was Illegal. A gallery of images from Prohibition.

If Deadpool were a musical, our hero might sing this parody of "Gaston" from Beauty and the Beast. Contains NSFW language, as you would expect.


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The Best Wheel of Fortune Failure

This guy watches more porn than classic films, and it cost him big time. (via Digg