Monday, September 30, 2013

Before and After

One-eyed Jacks



The only film Marlon Brando ever directed, One-eyed Jacks is a 1961 western that initially flopped but has since become a classic.

In Stock

(via The Chive)

Percussive Maintenance



It doesn't work? Give it a good whack! After all, it works in the movies! We used to do this a lot at radio stations. We called it "Impact Technology." (via b3ta)

Get Out

Russian Pontoon Bridge



Have you ever driven over a floating bridge? They move, which is frightening enough, but here in America, they usually stay above the water. The good part of this video is from 1:20 to about 2:00 if you don't want to watch the whole thing. You may come away with a renewed respect for the inspections, restrictions, and regulations we have to put up with. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)




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Here Are 5 Fun Facts About Coffee For National Coffee Day.

At Metafiler, Rhaomi constructed an ASCII periodic table of the elements in which each elemental symbol is a link to something about Breaking Bad, which contains the letters of that symbol. You could lose the rest of the day with this.

12 Movies That Are Just As Good As The Books They're Based On. So you can honestly enjoy them twice.

Although they had their differences, Thomas Jefferson and the other Founding Fathers were committed to the idea of religious freedom in America. A new book tells how they took Islam into account when they set that principle into the Constitution.

10 Bizarre Literary Myths and Conspiracy Theories. Whether mundane or outlandish, we still don't know how true they are.
of jogger-pusher so they can keep running together.

Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a new scheme to save money on jail inmates. In addition to living in tents and wearing pink underwear, they will now be served vegetarian meals.

Born in the wrong body: The transgender struggle. An overview of the facts and the challenges for those who want to adjust their biology.

The Shower Experiment is shocking.

Which Cable Channels Cost the Most (and Least). (via Digg)

How the world’s countries compare on income inequality (the U.S. ranks below Nigeria).


Unicorns

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The Leidenfrost Maze



The Leidenfrost effect is when a liquid (in this case, water) comes in contact with a surface so hot (above the liquid's boiling point) that instead of evaporating in hurry, the water droplet becomes surrounded by a layer of water vapor, which slows down the evaporation. This is how cooks use water droplets to see hot hot a griddle is. In essence, the water droplet is hovering over the hot surface. This hovering droplet can be manipulated: for instance, when the hot surface is textured in a certain way, the drop will skitter in a predetermined direction.

Carmen Cheng and Matthew Guy used that principle to build a maze in which water droplets were directed along a winding path by the Leidenfrost effect. They use this maze to demonstrate the science, but it looks darn cool, too! (via Arbroath)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

27 Drinks Made From Coffee



For some reason, I always thought there was coffee, and then there was coffee with other stuff in it. This mental_floss video features guest host Wheezywaiter from The Gaslight Coffee Roasters in Chicago, who knows a lot more about coffee than I do. Since this is not a Starbucks video, I still haven't found out whether there is any coffee in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. (via mental_floss)





Diagnosis

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Sitting Cats



The Shironekoshiro cats sit up in their chairs, as if they were human. Sometimes I feel like those cats are made of fur-covered Play-Doh with pipe cleaners you can bend whichever way you want, but they eventually look for a more comfortable cat position. Bonus: Shiro himself walks by, with his eyes open. I think it's the first time I've seen those eyes open. (via Tastefully Offensive)




Soviet Parade

A Stop Sign

(via The Chive)

Teenager Gets Robotic Arm



Dee Faught was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease. He's now 17 years old, and his biggest wish is to be able to reach things, so he can be more independent. A team of bioengineering students at Rice University designed a robotic arm that does the things Faught needs. It's not yet perfected, but this recent tryout shows the arm's promise.
The students, who did the bulk of their work at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, hope to commercialize the product, they see themselves working on it even after graduation. They are applying for grants to further develop R-ARM and hope to work with advisers at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to devise a business plan.

Gonzalez said he is aware of commercial robotic arms that cost upward of $25,000. The students made Faught’s arm for $800. “As we start producing more, the cost could go down even further,” Nojoomi added.
Read more about the project at Rice. (via reddit)




Comfy Rug

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Seven Horn Pileup



When I post marching band performances, it's usually because they have a clever show. Not this time. This short clip of an unnamed school has a section of eight Sousaphone players. While marching backwards, number two goes down followed by six others. No one was injured, but two instruments were damaged. This kind of thing happened all the time when I was in marching band (not always my fault), although we never had more than one Sousaphone player. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Infiniti

Bye Bye Breaking Bad



The characters of Breaking Bad say "Bye Bye Bye." (via Tastefully Offensive)

Graffiti Gallery

(via reddit)

Jaguar and Prey



Who knew that jaguars were such good swimmers? This guy glides along like a ninja, and the caiman on the shore has no idea until it's too late. Luke Dollar of National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative narrates footage taken in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. I saw the prey referred to as a crocodile elsewhere, which made me wonder whether caimans were alligators or crocodiles. According to Wikipedia, a caiman is a "alligatorid crocodylian," which means yeah, it's one of them. (via Viral Viral Videos)


The Writing on the Wall

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Isaac Newton: 17th-Century London’s Dirty Harry.

The Difference Between Science and Breaking Bad. While Vince Gilligan and the writers of Breaking Bad were getting a crash course in science, University of Oklahoma chemistry professor Dr. Donna Nelson was getting a crash course in television as the show's science consultant.

Wojtek was a Persian bear cub who was adopted by a unit of Polish soldiers training under the British Army in the Middle East during World War II. When the unit was deployed to Europe, the only way they could take Wojtek with them was to make him an official soldier. (via Digg)

5 Fun Facts: It's All Greek To Me.

All Republicans Want in Exchange for Not Destroying the Economy Is Everything.

Cancelled Wedding Turns into Feast for Homeless People. (Thanks, Bill Badrick!)

Photo Essay: Chasing Meth in Laurel County, Kentucky.

HAMuel L. Jackson and Other Wordplay Graffiti by Hanksy.

Did the Wrong Man Spend 40 Years in Solitary Confinement?
Tweets Reformatted as Telegrams.  (via Nag on the Lake)

Unexpected Snag

How to Make Star Wars Great Again



TrumanPDX sends an open letter to J.J. Abrams in the form of a video explaining what made Star Wars so special in the first place. I agree, follow what was great about the original trilogy without trying to outshine or out-CGI the prequels. But when he asks for fewer cutsie characters, well, good luck with that. After all, Disney is never going to pass up an opportunity for product marketing. (via Ryan Galloway)




Your Cat

(via The Chive)

Now THIS is a Pool Party



Combine a waterside, a slip-n-slide, and a ski jump, and you get me wanting to do this. It happened at Ohio Dreams Action Sports Camp. All this fun is enhanced by the song "Scrape the Sky" by Can't Stop Won't Stop. I'm not that far from Ohio, and I would consider even going through the misery of purchasing a swimsuit for this. (via The Chive)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Drugs in Space!

One Sorry Individual



Poor Jesse Pinkman. Has any character ever gone through so much misery and abuse in the history of television? This supercut contain spoilers. It also contains of lot of hurt, so viewer discretion is advised. (via Uproxx)

Happy Birthday


A friend on Facebook sent me this. I love it! Thanks!


This is a more realistic depiction of my birthday.

Before and After

(via reddit)

Firefighter Recusitates Kitten: Another View



A couple of months ago, I showed you a video of fireman Cory Kalanick rescuing an unconscious kitten from a house fire. Some said they liked the story, but did not care for the video. Now the footage has been made into a GoPro ad with more to see and less text. At the risk of repeating a story, I think it's worth watching. (via Viral Viral Videos)


Stork

Wash Hands

(via Arbroath)

Pumpkin Spice: The Horror Movie



The pumpkins are taking over everything, along with their allies, cinnamon, clove, and ginger. There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide! You cannot escape Pumpkin Spice!

And besides, it's not even October yet. Seriously, is this Pumpkin Spice obsession there to make me feel bad about my pumpkin patch's complete failure this year? (via Viral Viral Videos)


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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs Facts.

6 Movies You Won't Believe Are Based on Insane True Stories. (via Unreality)

"The Republicans are ramping up the fight against Obamacare for one reason: once people are using it, they'll realize it is not horrible."

Should You Take Your Lottery Winnings in a Lump Sum or Annual Payments?

Powerball Lottery Winners Call it a “Curse.” Mo' money, mo' problems.

26 Things You Didn’t Know About The Princess Bride. An R.O.U.S. in jail? Inconceivable!

7 Breathtakingly Sexist Quotes by Famous and Respected Male Authors. Guess which one said, "A little bit of rape is good for a man’s soul."

In two weeks, The Walking Dead will be back to begin season four. These 50 photos from the new season might help you get over the loss of Breaking Bad.

10 Enchanting Miniature Scenes Made From Household Objects. Artist William Kass sees the possibilities in what's just laying around.

14 of Your Dog's Wild Relatives. These wolves, foxes, and other wild dogs may be cute, but they are still wild.

Resemblence

(via Fark)

We Are Brothers



Robin, the middle of three brothers, got married. His two brothers, Baddy Paris and Rufus Starlight, reacted in a hilariously childish way: they begged him not to -as a wedding toast!

Our brother asked us to be his best men for his wedding. We knew the hardest thing would be doing a traditional best man’s speech, because we would cry too much.  So instead, we made a music video - a plea not to leave us!  Which he did, regardless.

They wish Robin and Helen the best anyway. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mixed Breed Horse

Stephen Hawking's Big Ideas Made Simple



What theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has contributed to our body of knowledge fills many volumes. A good short course is his most popular book, A Brief History of Time. But if you never get around to even that much, here's the sound bite version of Hawking's biggest ideas in an animation from the Guardian's "made Simple" series. Who knows? This might inspire you to pick up the book! (via Brain Pickings)

The Art of Hay Sculpture

In the fall, a blogger's heart turns to thoughts of autumn decorations. Some folks go a little further than others in that department. Farmers and those with access to plenty of room and lots of hay have fun building large sculptures for the amusement of others. Here are just a few of those artful bales in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Shark Cat: The Song



The guys at Brunswick Project were inspired to give Max-Arthur, also known at the Shark Cat, a soundtrack of his own. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Washing the Cat

Candles

GIFS Set to Music



If you can tolerate a little NSFW language, you'll will split your sides at how appropriate the soundtrack is for each segment.


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The First Beatle to Visit America.

All the James Bonds Combined. (via reddit)

Why do so many women watch Law&Order: SVU?

Twitter users sometimes go overboard or completely out of bounds when making up metaphors. Look up what they say about your home on the map called metropho.rs. (via Metafilter)

Jeff Grubb and his fiancee Stephanie did their own set of engagement pictures, using whatever clothing and props they could come up with and filling in the rest with Photoshop. The results are a lot of fun, because they reference many of their favorite movies.

Fox Television will present a new Batman show with no Batman. Gotham will feature Commissioner Gordon as a crime fighter facing super villains with only cops to help him.

Madame Nhu was the "Dragon lady" of South Vietnam until 1963, when she disappeared for the next 50 years. A new book chronicles her rise to power with material from Nhu herself and a diary she left behind.

Psst! Wanna see a sea sponge that looks like a Muppet? It's a clear case of pareidolia, but you'll laugh when you see it.

The 10 Juiciest Presidential Sex Scandals. They all seem rather run-of-the-mill now, unlike the days when these were just unpublished whispers.

The House of Blood. Make your home look like a bloody mess with these products for all budgets.

Dating Profile

(via Fark)

Breaking Dead



I had wondered what AMC was going to air in the weekend between the end of Breaking Bad and the beginning of the new season of The Walking Dead. They could do worse than connect one show to the other. It makes about as much sense as anything else in the two series.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What a Sale!

Guitar Solos



CDZA presents 50 years of guitar solos and riffs, performed by Mark Sidney Johnson. How many so you recognize? I knew all of them through the mid-90s, then I was lost. (via Viral Viral Videos)




Funny Ferrets in Packing Peanuts



It's the ferret version of a ball pit! Simon and Garfunkel take advantage of a large carton with plenty of stuff to tunnel under. (via Laughing Squid)




Solar Bath

Ronnie Sheppard

(via The Chive)

How Do They Knit a Chain-Link Fence?



From the National Film Board of Canada, here's a wordless documentary that lets the machinery do the talking. First they make wire -lots and lots of wire. Then it really does get knitted, sort of, by machinery! (via Jason Kottke)

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12 Weird Cheetos Variants.

Frances Henshaw was a 14-year-old schoolgirl when she drew a series of maps in 1828. There were only 24 states at that time; she reproduced 19 of them -beautifully. 

5 Surprising Things That Have Cow Parts in Them.

Imagine getting a call saying you've won a Nobel Prize! Here's how that happens. (via Digg)

Advice to girls about masturbation, from 1918.

Dramatic before and after photos reveal the devastation of the Colorado floods. And they don't have much recovery time before winter sets in.

The Top Blocked Websites at Workplaces in the U.S. I once worked for a company that considered anything besides the weather forecast to be "inappropriate."

50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child. If you don't have young children, you can use this as a gift guide for kids you know.

Dr. Sleep, Stephen King's sequel to The Shining, follows Danny Torrance as an adult. Read a couple of terrifying excerpts.

Horse_ebooks Is Dead. What we thought was a delightful Twitter spambot turns out to be an artist pulling our legs.

Spock Cat

(via The Chive)

What Does the Fox Say: the Animated Story



The question originally posed by the Norwegian duo Ylvis gets a backstory. It turns out that the fox had to decide himself what to say! This interpretation is by Tommy and Markus Vad Flaaten, Norwegian animators who go by the name Twintrash. (via Daily of the Day)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Edgar

Lil Bub Edits Mental_floss Magazine



It really happened.

Safe Sex T.rex

(via reddit)

5 Places That Are Still On Fire

Living near an active volcano can make you nervous, but it's not the only fire down below. Coal is a long-burning mineral hidden underground that can ignite when the circumstances are right. Those circumstances include contact with air, which happens when we try to take the coal out of the ground for our own purposes. Here are five coal seams that have been burning for a long time, in an article I posted at mental_floss.


Photograph by Flickr user Proper Pictures.

Cat Loves the Vacuum Cleaner



Most cats are terrified of vacuum cleaners, although a few enjoy having their fur fluffed by a vacuum hose. Then there's this strange cat. We saw him do this once before, but this video confirms he's enslaved to this magical device. In other words, it's his favorite toy! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Typical Murderers

Weather Report

(via The Chive)

The Difference Between Sperm and Sperm Whales



The physics of scale has a profound effect on locomotion. The way we move through the world seems so normal, but is very different from what a single-cell organism has to deal with. The title comparison of this TED-Ed presentation comes from the fact that a sperm is a single cell that must move, but cannot do it the same way larger organisms like a whale moves around. Aatish Bhatia gives us the short version, with animation by Brad Purnell. You'll find a more in-depth explanation at Bhatia's website. (via Viral Viral Videos)


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How the West Was Won.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is taking advantage of the fan frenzy leading up to the Breaking Bad series finale by auctioning off some of the props used in the show. (via Buzzfeed)

The Play Deficit. Kids need unstructured play time with other kids (not "playdates") to get a fully-rounded education.

4 Surprising Facts About Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte.

The $200K lesson I learned from getting shot. A lesson in the value of health insurance.

The Women Who Mapped the Universe And Still Couldn’t Get Any Respect. 

TV Shows Whose Lead Character is the Least Interesting.
Here's a research paper that reveals the mechanism for Wolverine's amazing ability to heal and regenerate after deploying his adamantium claws, or after he is wounded by an enemy. (via Boing Boing)

Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that can eat your brain. The death of a four-year-old in New Orleans has public health officials (and everyone else) worried.

Why atheists are starting their own global church. It has all the benefits of organized religion -except the religion.

Overcoming Obstacles

What Demetrius de Moors Did



This is a great story, even if you don't care a thing about wrestling. Demetrius was later received recognition as a 2012 National Sportsmanship Awards Honoree. (via Uproxx)



Monday, September 23, 2013

Roger Bucklesby

Terror by Night



Basil Rathbone plays Sherlock Holmes in the 1946 film Terror by Night.



Hindsight is 20/20

(via reddit)

Kittens Learn to Play Jenga




Teach kittens to play Jenga, and they'll have the whole house dismantled before too long. The one with the white socks is going to beat all his brothers at this game in the coming years. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tasteless Chill Tonic

Three Minute Test

(via Buzzfeed)

Rob 'n' Ron




This is described as a "miniature spaghetti Western." Ron and Ron are brothers planning a "big" bank robbery. (via the Presurfer)


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The complete list of winners from last night's Emmy Awards. Because you were watching Breaking Bad, Dexter, or football, weren't you?



The Origins of the Periodic Table.

Karl Taro Greenfeld was concerned about the amount of homework his eighth-grade daughter was doing -several hours every night. He decided to do the same homework every night for a week.

I’m Just A Free Spirit Who Is Entirely Financially Dependent On Others. 

5 Fascinating Facts: Echidna.

Interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, One of the Last Four Doctors in America to Openly Provide Third-Trimester Abortions.

19 ways to make an illustrator grind their teeth to bloody stumps.

These Republicans Who Voted To Cut Food Stamps Personally Received Large Farm Subsidies.

The Most Emotional Scenes on Film. Contains spoilers and videos; bring your own hankie.

11 Fictional Family Trees. A handy guide for untangling your pop culture relationships.

Behind Bars Blues

(via Fark)

Tonight You Belong to Me



One of the most memorable songs in movie history is the duet between Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk. In this video, Ben and his four-year-old daughter recreate that duet when she couldn't sleep because of fireworks outside. She even does the harmony part! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Nature Plates

The Bun Shelf

(via reddit)

Thought Rays

Luddite

It's Your Fault



The Indian comedy collective India Bakchod produced this black humor PSA to highlight the attitudes of many involved in rape cases.
Every sexual assault case in India inspires a string of stupid and hateful remarks against women. This is our response to those remarks.
The video features Bollywood stars Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhat, and Ashish Shakya. (via Metafilter)


Yes, He Is

(via The Chive)