Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Baby Hears Mommy for the First Time

Christy Keane's daughter Charly was born deaf. She's still an infant, but recently got hearing aids. We've seen older children and adults get emotional when they hear sound for the first time, but Charly is so young, she doesn't understand what's happening or how to react. Her facial expressions are precious. She's instantly delighted, then confused, then a little scared, then delighted again. She never takes her eyes of her Mommy, though, so you know she's going be alright. You can see more of Charly at Instagram. (via Digg)


Nate the Snake

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He has been driving all night, and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road, parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

As he is standing there, looking around at the beauty of the early morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few moments, he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out to grasp the lever. Just as he does, he hears a voice say, "Don't touch that lever."

The driver jumps about two feet off the ground, and as he comes down, he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his imagination, he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I said don't touch that lever!" Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and looks down under a sage brush. There he sees a small snake.

The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that just spoke?"

The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever. If the lever is moved, it will be the end of the world."

The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nate and that he wasn't interested in going on TV; anyway, he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera crews. That way, you can inform the entire world about the danger of the lever."

Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of sense to the idea. The driver, true to his word, got the network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

A few weeks later, another truck driver was going through the area. He was following an oil tanker, and the tanker sprang a leak. When the driver's truck hit the slick, it went out of control, and he found himself headed straight for the lever. He remembered seeing Nate on the TV telling about the lever and so he knew that if he hit it, he would cause the world to end. He strove, with all his might to maneuver the truck. Finally, at the last moment, he was able to swerve, but he ran over Nate, the snake, and killed him flat!

The truck driver was heard to say "Well, better Nate than lever."'

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Red Squirrels

Giant Robot Duel: USA vs Japan

Two years ago, the U.S. company Megabots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The Japanese company agreed to pit their robots against the Americans. It took some time to get the robots ready, but the time finally came. The matchups were large loud, slow, and not at all safe, so the battles were recorded in secret and then the video was live-streamed last night. The first fight, between the robots Iron Glory and Kuratas, begins at about seven minutes in. The second one, between Eagle Prime and Kuratas, begins at 13 minutes.   

The robots go at each other with battering rams, claws, chainsaws, drones, and guns. For a publicity stunt, this is pretty cool. It highlights the difference between giant robots in fiction, which always work perfectly unless an enemy defeats them, and in real life, where anything could go wrong at any minute. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Fears Research. Science takes a cockeyed look at the things we are afraid of.

The Surprising, Secret Origins of Fruit Roll-Ups. Fruit leather came to the U.S. from Syria over a hundred years ago. (via Metafilter)

The Danger of President Pence. (via Digg)

Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

The problem is the prices. Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans- and our health care system.

The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later. (via Strange Remains)

There are no spiders in this pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

How Norms Change. Science drives home the importance of electing civilized leaders.

The Spookiest Ghost Stories From All 50 States.

Having a Kid

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Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Suspicious Vegetable

Friendly Ferret Fight

Just like two young brothers do, the ferrets Atlas and Orion squabble over their water dish. We know it's just a sibling rivalry, as neither one of them were hurt. First they chase and slap each other, then one tries to drown the other in the bowl. Then they wrestle for a while. Who won? If you ask the ferrets, they would probably both claim victory. Just like brothers. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Robot Shortage

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John McCain Accepts the 2017 Liberty Medal

Senator John McCain accepted the Liberty Medal Monday night in a ceremony honoring him. McCain is 81 years old and is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer. That makes his speech all the more poignant, as if he were giving his farewell address. And he didn't hold back. You might disagree with his political views (as I do), but you can't say he doesn't love his country.

Trump responded to McCain's speech by saying
"Yeah, well I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back," Trump said. "I'm being very nice. I'm being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty."

Responding to Trump's threat, McCain bluntly told reporters Tuesday: "I've faced far greater challenges than this."
Bigger challenges, like a POW camp in North Vietnam and brain cancer. Not to mention putting up with Sarah Palin. McCain doesn't have the time of day to let Trump get to him.

Purple Fink


Miss Cellania's Links

The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

Astronomers Observe Collision of Neutron Stars. The event is described as "a Rosetta stone for astronomy." Watch a video about the discovery here.

Jets Fan Who Stands For National Anthem Sits On American Flag. (via reddit)

How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open. (via Metafilter)

The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

What Facebook Did to American Democracy. And why it was so hard to see it coming.


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Star Wars and The Dam Busters

HenryvKeiper took footage from the 1954 movie The Dam Busters and synced it with audio from the climactic Death Star scene from Star Wars episode IV. Read about the connection at Wikipedia. (via Cynical-C)

Tweet of the Day

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Top Chef

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Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

There's a video about New Mexico's musical road that plays "America the Beautiful." It sounds really nice. California tried the same stunt with "The William Tell Overture," but it didn't quite turn as as well. Tom Scott took a road trip to Lancaster to explain why. It sounds pretty bad, and the story of how it happened is even worse. (via Tastefully Offensive)