Monday, April 24, 2017

Simon's Cat vs. Boxes



Cats love boxes, but some boxes are better than others. To determine which is the best, they must all be thoroughly checked out. Simon's Cat and the kitten are channeling Maru and his sister Hana in the latest animation from Simon Tofield. If he fits, he sits …and if he doesn't fits, he sits anyway. In color, no less. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dog Math

Let The Day Begin



The Call from 1989. This one brings back some memories, alright.

Nathan

(via reddit)

Dog Does His Duty



Lusy Imbergerova and and her dog Deril perform canine freestyle at the FCI Dog Dance World Championship 2016. This routine is not so much dance as it is a military drama. Deril works out, goes on patrol, and even saves Lusy's life before it's over! That's a good dog.  

The Best Signs from the March for Science



The March For Science took place on Saturday, with demonstrators converging on Washington DC and almost 500 other cities in the U.S. and around the world to advance science-based policies and funding for science. Considering the subject of the march, you would expect to see a lot of clever, nerdy, pun-filled signs. There were plenty of them. See roundups of the best signs at CNN, the Washington Post, Time, Mashable, Uproxx, and the nerdiest of all at the Boston Globe. Buzzfeed had a list of humans with signs and another of dogs with signs. See more pictures of signs being added constantly at Twitter. (via Metafilter, where you'll find even more)

Dark Continents

Why Are You Always Tired?



Getting enough sleep is important to everything else in your life. That's hard to deal with when you have deadlines, to-do lists, and people counting on you to get things done. However, a proper amount of rest will help you do all those things more efficiently than if you are tired. There are a lot of things that can affect your sleep, and you might have to work on every one of them to get sufficient rest. Our friends from AsapSCIENCE have some facts about sleep and how we can get not only more sleep, but better quality sleep. (via Digg)



Onion Rings

Your Brain On Drug Policy



 In 1987, Partnership for a Drug-Free America began airing a campaign known as This Is Your Brain On Drugs. The ads were unforgettable, but in case you need a refreshers, see this. In 1997, Rachael Leigh Cook starred in a version that addressed heroin specifically. Now she has returned to illustrate the far-reaching effects of the War on Drugs.
Our nation’s drug war is leading us to lock up more people than ever. Those charged with a non violent drug crime face fines and incarceration. More people are arrested for drugs than for rape, murder and robbery combined. And minorities are being railroaded into this system at much higher rates than their white counterparts even though drug use between both groups is about the same.
Oh, this one's not from the PDFA, but from Green Point Creative. (via Digg)

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Embers & Dust



Orson Welles broadcast his radio play "War of the Worlds," about an alien invasion, on October 30th, 1938. Some folks missed the disclaimer at the beginning that assured listeners that it was a work of fiction. Now, if they'd listened long enough, these folks would know that. But as luck would have it, a transformer blew in Concrete, Washington, during the broadcast. What would you do? This short film by Patrick Biesemans for Dust follows a curious young boy out on his own on that fateful night. (via Nag on the Lake)



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Senior Discount

Earth is Our Home



Domino artist Hevesh5 used 8,000 dominoes for her tribute to Mother Earth for Earth Day. She built a 3D world out of dominoes, complete with continents and a "fragile ecosystem." Then with the magic of video, she put it back the way it was. If it were only so easy for us to do that with the real Earth. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Did you participate in the March for Science today? (via reddit)

Piano Player

10 Earth Day Celebrations Around the World



Are you going to the March for Science today? That's the big one, but there are plenty of Earth Day celebrations, events, and demonstrations going on around the world. Learn about a few of them in a list I wrote for mental_floss.

Happy Birthday, Princess!

She's come a long way since first grade, but she's still got that smile. Where did all those years go? Princess turns twenty years old today. She's grown up to be a resilient, thoughtful, and self-sufficient young lady. I am so proud. She's coming home for the summer, and has a job lined up in Europe this fall. Happy Birthday, Sweetie!

Update: She got flowers from her boyfriend... first time she's ever had flowers delivered.


Explaining the Obesity Chart

(via reddit)

Saying Grace

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Pusic Missed His Dad



Pusic was taken in when he was a very sick abandoned kitten in a box. He pulled through, as you can see in this video, and grew up to love the Russian couple who took him in. He especially likes getting picked up by his mommy, as you can see here, and biting his daddy's ear, as you can see in this video. But last fall, Dad went away for twenty days, and that was hard on Pusic. When he finally came back, it was a joyful reunion for the cat. (via Laughing Squid)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Disclaimers Galore

Hitchcock

I remember seeing this on TV. (via reddit)

What if English Were 100% Germanic?



We could communicate pretty well using only the Germanic influences of English without the Romance language words. This is rather interesting. (via reddit)

Bill

Who Ya Gonna Call?

(Thanks, Anders!)

The Harp Twins Do "Iron Man"



The 1970 Black Sabbath song "Iron Man" is a heavy metal classic, no pun intended. Or maybe it was intended. Anyway, you can't get any further from the popular concept of heavy metal than the angelic music of the harp. So of course, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as The Harp Twins, had to play the song on harps. In case you're wondering about the fascinating backdrop, this was recorded at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

10 Ways Beauty Gave History a Makeover.

The Many Possible Reasons British People Hire Chimney Sweeps for Their Weddings. Mainly because they are good luck.

10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Lawn. You want it to be a nice place to walk through in your bare feet.

How Realistic are New York Apartments on TV Shows? Hint: less realistic as time goes by.


17 Secrets of Wedding Photographers.

New Super-Earth May Be Best Yet for Finding Signs of Life. Until a better one is discovered in another week or so.


How Office Culture Can Crush Women’s Ambitions.

How To Know When Your Roommate Is Bad. Some annoyances are trivial, others are a sign that you need to get out.

Fox News dumped Bill O'Reilly over money. It's that simple. Change comes when it affects the bottom line.
   
Women in Medicine: 6 Pioneering Activists. They had to fight for the right to save lives.

Goldilocks


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A Story 84 Years in the Making



In February, 93-year-old Tom Sitter entered The Moth in Madison StorySLAM storytelling contest in Madison, Wisconsin. He told about his Valentines Day experience in 1933, when he was in third grade. Sitter scored the competition's first-ever perfect ten. Maybe it's because he told it so well, or maybe it's because we can all relate to the tale. Or  both. He now advances to the StorySLAM championship round. I hope we get video of his performance in that round. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Small Town News

The Surprisingly Mysterious Life of Bob Ross



Bob Ross, the host of the calm, pleasant, and long running show The Joy of Painting, is remembered as a great guy because so many people loved to watch his show, and he encouraged so many people to enjoy painting. That's a pretty good legacy. But how much do we really know about the man? It turns out that no one knew all that much about him. Not that there's any deep, dark scandals to be found, but Ross was so private that people couldn't help but be curious about his life. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out spills what we know and don't know about the affable but very reserved Bob Ross. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Movie Ratings

Someone at reddit said that PG stands for "parents gone." (via reddit)

9 Dedicated Dogs with Amazing Jobs

Dogs live to please us, and some are bred to love work. Give them a job helping people, and the rewards go both ways. Here are nine dogs who do amazing work every day, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

The Silence of the Lambs as a Romantic Comedy



Jody Foster and Anthony Hopkins star in the most romantic movie of the year! She's an ambitious young FBI agent, just trying to make it in a tough profession. Then she meets him, and everything changes. What's not to love about that? Cinefix once again shows us how selective editing and mood music can shape a film into anything you want it to be. (via Laughing Squid)

Stories from the Underworld

Bartenders Guess Who Is Underage



The legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21. The age is set by the states, but the federal government enacted "incentives," like highway funds, to get all states to 21 as the drinking age. In this video, bartenders, some more experienced than others, show how they can tell if someone is over 21 and legal to serve. Turns out they aren't as adept as they thought. That's why they ask for your ID, even if you are 35. To be honest, people between puberty and middle age can be any age if you don't know for sure. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

15 Things You May Not Know About Ulysses S. Grant. Some trivia about our 18th president. 

The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Craving. Once it was hard to get, now it's hard to avoid.

The Best 100 Episodes of The Simpsons. Strangely, they are all from the show's first ten years.


How Florida Entraps Pain Patients, Forces Them to Snitch, Then Locks Them Up for Decades. 

Each Tree Is Its Own Adventure: Climbing giant sequoias for science. Not a job for someone with acrophobia.

Do you remember Harley-Davidson perfume? Bic For Her? TwitterPeek? They are all exhibits at the new Museum of Failure in Helsingborg, Sweden. (via Metafilter)

This Man Can Help You Escape the IRS Forever. All you need is a small fortune -and a taste for foreign food. (via Boing Boing)

See specimens of Xenophora, a genus of mollusks that are very real -and very weird. These sea snails decorate their own shells with other shells!

The employment system in the U.S. no longer works the way it should. We have to move past the idea that a job defines who we are.

19 Interesting Facts About the Movie Casino.

Head Count

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Biisuke Ball's Big Adventure Part 2



A  couple of years ago, we were treated to Biisuke Ball’s Big Adventure from the Japanese TV show Pitagora Suitchi (Pythagora Switch). The bad news is that video has been erased from the internet, but the good news is that we now have part two of Biisuke, Biita, and Biigoro's adventures. In this story, Biisuke becomes trapped and must be rescued by his brothers Biita and Biigoro. In case you don't remember, the three brothers are balls who race around on some amazing chain reaction courses. In Japanese with English subtitles. What a world we live in that a Rube Goldberg machine can have a plot, victims, bad guys, and heroes. (via Digg)

Tweet of the Day





It's over a year old, but clever.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Some Assembly Required

Millennial Hoarders



Millennials know that hoarding is bad, and can lead to dangerous conditions in your home. But they live in a different world, and some suffer from a different kind of hoarding disorder. Do you know any digital hoarders? Yeah, I'm guilty of this myself. Not videos, but links and URLs. I have documents in folders within other folders going back to 2005, stuff I jotted down that I thought might be useful in my work someday. I might get around to abandoning that stuff sooner or later. After all, most of it is in a format I can no longer open, anyway. (via Boing Boing

Cop Had to Take a Picture

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Wine

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Broken Traffic Light



In this dash cam video, we find that a light has gone wonky on the streets of Kemerovo, Russia. A passerby thinks he can give it a whack with a stick and maybe it will right itself. What could possibly go wrong? You'll have to watch the video to find out. Let's just say he makes things much worse. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Miss Cellania's Links

Plucked From Obscurity: Eyeglass Wipers.

The Lost City of Z and Its Brutal Production. Director James Gray talks about the difficulties of filming in the Amazon rainforest.

WLKY wasn't allowed to take video of a football game, so they had to get creative for the TV broadcast. They used an "artist" to produce a reasonable facsimile of the plays.

Trump Ignores Fairness Concerns On Turkey Referendum By Congratulating Erdogan On Victory.   

Peter Flax crossed the U.S. four times in a 36-hour period for the Hollywood Reporter. That sounds like pure hell for most of us, but his assignment was to experience and compare four different airlines' premium first-class service. (via Digg)

Screenwriters Share Their Weirdest Script Notes from producers and studio executives. Many of the best stories are about "totally missing the point." (via Boing Boing

Unsuspecting Woman Brings Therapy Dog to Local Furry Convention. She was invited, and figured it was about pets. (via Metafilter)

Got a big tax refund? Here's what you should — and shouldn't — do with it.

Cling

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Whole Phrases Hidden in English Words



English is a language that's always evolving. Every day, we use words that weren't in existence 50 years ago. Then there are words that have been around a long time, but they've changed. One way the language has changed is by condensing sentences we use a lot down into one word. Lots of these words have a history that may be surprising to you. Linguist Arika Orent takes us on a tour of words that once were entire phrases, but became condensed with use. You might be saying something completely different from what you thought! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Clever

The Best of Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017



If you are a Star Wars fan and couldn't attend Star Wars Celebration this past week, you can enjoy the highlights of the convention. See the passionate fans, the cute kids, the movie stars, the music, the cosplay, and the excitement surrounding the 40th anniversary of Star Wars

Fans got to see previews of the new Star Wars video game, new toys, the planned Star Wars theme parks, and the first trailer for episode eight. And then there's the tributes to Carrie Fisher. A good time was had by all. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Coffee Sign

(via reddit)

Artist Covers Up Racist Tattoos For Free



Dave Cutlip of Southside Tattoo Parlor in Baltimore has a plan for people who want to start a new life. He will give you a tattoo to cover up an old racist or gang-related tat for free! Cutlip and his wife Beth just want to do some good, but when word got around, everyone wanted to get in on the act. Now Dave and Beth are launching a non-profit organization called Redemption Ink to help folks get beyond the tattoos they now regret. They are recruiting tattoo artists in other areas to provide the same service, and using donated funds to purchase laser removal for those who require more than a cover up. (via reddit)

Brian

(via Buzzfeed)

Movies Hollywood Changed For China



The market for Hollywood movies in China is so lucrative that Hollywood producers will change anything they want in order to get in theaters there. That can mean dropping references to ghosts, international crime, or politics. Oh, always drop the politics. In some cases, entirely new scenes were shot to make Chinese officials happy, as you'll see in this video from Looper. After all, only a limited number of American movies will be shown each year in China. (via the A.V. Club)


Miss Cellania's Links

The COPS Story. The networks didn't want the show, but it's still going 28 years later.

The mainstream and conservative media are living in different worlds. So are those who read them.

Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino is set to make it's official debut on Wednesday. But some folks have already taste-tested the flavor-changing drink for us.

The Modern Era's Most Destructive War Took Place in … Paraguay. In six years, 90 percent of the country' adult men were killed.

The Soviets Made A Real Doomsday Device In The '80s And The Russians Still Have It Today. But what good is a deterrence system if the other side doesn't know about it?

The New Star Wars Theme Parks will be Fully Immersive. The places you go and the things you do will have consequences- choose wisely. (via Uproxx)

The Hatfields and the McCoys were related to each other in many surprising ways. See the tangled family trees of the feuding clans.

The Real People Behind 10 Fashion Houses. They were either born into it or overcame difficulties to get there.

Cat Pun

(via Fark)

MST3K Does Stranger Things



Well, of course MST3K does stranger things, every time we watch it. Oh, but in this promo, the cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 watches the Netflix TV series Stranger Things! The show is a definite left turn from the quality of the movies Jonah and the bots are used to, but they still have plenty to say about what's directly in front of them. Any production that has sequences without dialogue is just asking for the MST3K treatment. The new version of MST3K is now available on Netflix, and Stranger Things will return for season two on October 31. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Clues

Metal Dancing Queen



Norwegian musician Leo Moracchioli performs a metal version of Abba's 1976 disco song "Dancing Queen." He plays all the instruments and sings, while a large bunny dances with his young daughter. Is that weird enough for you? The song works well, and he adds a killer solo. Despite the video length, the song is only four and a half minutes. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Littering

(via reddit)

Roommate

(via reddit)

Red Panda Triplets



Symbio Wildlife Park in New South Wales, Australia, has a set of red panda triplets: Mohan, Raj, and Phinju. They were born on Christmas Eve, and are just old enough now to go exploring outside their den. The moment was captured on video. You can tell they are excited by the way they are tripping over each other! Their mother Kesari is right behind them, though, to make sure everything goes alright. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Baby Essentials

Miss Cellania's Links

The Fatty Arbuckle Scandal. Learn the whole story once and for all.

The Embarrassing History of Crap Thrown Into Yellowstone’s Geysers. Mother Nature doesn't take kindly to these shenanigans.

Are the Viruses That Infect Everybody Friends or Foes? Anelloviruses may provide target practice for our immune system.


The United Airlines Incident Is The Culmination Of Years Of Process Over People.

It's common knowledge that you don't want to wear a red shirt if you are serving under Captain Kirk in Starfleet. But mathematician James Grime asserts that the idea that you are more likely to be killed if you are a redshirt is not true. (via the A.V. Club)

The U.S. Department of Defense has quite a few Armed Forces Recreation Centers, but there's only one in the continental U.S. The military resort called Shades of Green is in the middle of Walt Disney World in Orlando. (via Gorilla Mask)

14 Simple Ways To Actually Improve Your Handwriting. The web offers help, and then it's just practice.


Why Trump is beating a hasty retreat from populism. It was good for getting elected; not so great for running a country.

17 Hilarious Subtitles That Make a Scene So Much Better. Weird descriptions, bad translations, and double entendres.

15 Fascinating Flamingo Facts. Watch them dance the flamingo flamenco! 

Cats Do Really Old Movies

The classics are the best. In this gallery, cats pay homage to the movies you know and love, even though they are decades old.

There's a Man in the Woods



A rumor started by a child grows out of control and ruins the teacher's life. This is a project from the students of the CalArts School of Film/Video. (via reddit)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Warned Ya

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Simon's Cat in Easter Eggstravaganza



While everyone else is looking for Easter eggs, Simon's cat wants to catch the Easter bunny! However, Simon's cat, while holding all the instincts of a predator, is not driven by hunger, just a sense of fun. (via Blame It On The Voices)

Taco

Beach Ball



Wish I had a dog like that. And a beach. And a ball. (via Metafilter)


After-Easter Special

Easter Snek

(via reddit)

Jurassic Prank



When French prankster  RĂ©mi Gaillard goes on an Easter egg hunt, he's looking for nothing but the biggest, rarest eggs of all. In his latest caper, he comes running out from the bushes with a velociraptor egg -and the mother is following him! The hapless runner that encounters the scene suffers a brain overload, and will probably never be the same again. Aren't you glad Gaillard doesn't live near you? (via reddit)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Formerly

Where the Streets Have No Name



The Soweto Gospel Choir sings joyfully, and the Irish band playing with them isn't bad, either.

Autograph

(via reddit)

12 of the World's Most Impressive Easter Services

Easter, the most holy of all Christian holidays, is celebrated with special services all over the world. Some of these Easter services may even inspire you to plan a pilgrimage. Read about them in a list I wrote for mental_floss.

One-sided Affection



Cali the cockatoo and Jackson the Maine Coon cat act out a scenario that may be familiar to you. Cali desperately wants some attention, and Jackson wants none of her shenanigans. I can see the speech bubbles about their heads now.

Cali: Pay attention to me! I like you; we can be friends!

Jackson: Scram! I'm a cat; you're just a bird. You are lucky I don't eat you.

Cali: Please? Come on, just for a little bit?

Jackson: Oh, all right… No! Someone might see us.

Their owner assures us that most of the time, they get along wonderfully. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Freak Knot

18 Adorable Pets Dressed Up as the Easter Bunny




Your pet would look so cute dressed as the Easter bunny! But if you don't have a cooperative pet, there are plenty of people who do, and are willing to show us those adorable bunnies, in a list I compiled for mental_floss.