Friday, May 26, 2017

Expect Weather

There's No Time to Explain!

In the movies, we hear "No time to explain!" a lot, because the audience already knows the story, and there's no reason to waste time telling the tale again to a character that was out of the loop. But what if the audience were also out of the loop?

This poor guy is suddenly caught up in an adventure he doesn't understand, involving tinfoil hats, a time machine, aliens, and murder. We don't understand it, either. The two protagonists immediately encounter a paradox when they travel backward in time and encounter themselves. But there's no time to explain!

The operative idea here is when they go back in time ten minutes, and the clueless partner says, "Why didn't you set it to 15 minutes back so we's have five minutes to talk?" Yeah, that would have required an explanation that made sense, so no. Oh, there may be more of the story to come, or maybe not. -via Digg

The Cake is Talking to You

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7 Signs That Cats Are Scientists

I recently posted a video about cats attacking things and knocking objects off tables. I mentioned that they were trying to cause chaos and destruction, but Chris Poole has an alternate theory. These cats are conducting experiments!
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It makes perfect sense: cats are naturally curious, and are masters of observation, exploration, and manipulation. Plus this theory gives us a reason to watch Cole and Marmalade being their everyday charming selves. (via Laughing Squid)

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10 Quirky Families That Still Rule the World.

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted.

What do you say when you weren't expecting a bridge to be there?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Professional Cat Cuddler? A veterinary clinic in Ireland is hiring someone just for that job.

7 of the craziest commando missions of World War II. Some of them even worked.

Is an 1874 Type Catalog the World's Most Beautiful Book? William Hamilton Page made wood type, but his legacy is a sample book, a sales catalog called Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, &c.

When the Patient Is a Gold Mine: The Trouble With Rare-Disease Drugs. The Orphan Drug Act makes life possible for some patients, but not affordable.

Why are doughnut boxes pink? They aren't, unless you've in Los Angeles, but there they have a story.

The Daily Don is a Twitter webcomic that illustrates the misadventures of our president. You need to have some knowledge of the day's news to get the jokes. (via Everlasting Blort)

Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like ‘Throwaway People.’ There are worse stories, but these people can't tell them because they'd lose their jobs.

Bath Time

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Four Storm Troopers Playing Imperial March on Bottles

These guys can't be real Stormtroopers, they're too good at what they do. They are the Bottle Boys, doing their musical Star Wars tribute. (via Laughing Squid)  

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Ankle Biters

Behind the Scenes of Beauty and the Beast

They say that if you love sausage or law, you shouldn't watch either being made. Maybe they should say the same for CGI filmmaking. Disney gives us a look at how Dan Stevens acted out the part of the Beast in the recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Yeah, he's a handsome man, but wearing a motion capture suit with beast prosthetics while Emma Watson looked perfect -well, it just looks ridiculous.  Sure, it's interesting to see how it's done, but it would be even more interesting to find out how the cast and crew managed to keep a straight face during the filming. (via The Daily Dot)

What if Star Wars Were the Only Star Wars Movie?

On May 25, 1977, forty years ago today, a new movie named Star Wars opened at 42 theaters.  No one knew it would become an unstoppable juggernaut, spawning seven sequels and prequels with another opening this year, plus video games, TV shows, million of toys, and even a theme park. In 1977, the idea of a "franchise" in filmmaking had been put on the back burner after the cheaply-made Saturday morning serials of the 1930-'50s. If Star Wars hadn't been such a moneymaker, there never would have been The Empire Strikes Back or any other sequel. And what would that have been like? 
If no Star Wars sequels would have changed Lucas, think of how it would have changed Star Wars. Darth Vader is never Luke Skywalker’s father. We never meet Yoda. (Which has to affect Frank Oz’s career somehow, no? Do we still get What About Bob?) There’s no Jabba the Hutt, or Lando Calrissian, or Han Solo frozen in carbonite, or Ewoks. (Some of these changes, admittedly, would be greater losses than others.)
We would have never known which hero gets the girl! And while there might still be the "special editions," even they would have been different. Read more about this fantasy at Screen Crush.

And since it is the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, here are some more articles paying tribute to Luke, Darth, and the galaxy far, far away.

When No Theater Wanted to Show the Movie in 1977.

The $11 million spent on Star Wars in 1977 was the best film investment ever made.

Revisiting Original Star Wars Reviews from 1977.

Why the blockbuster saga is the greatest soap opera in the galaxy.

Ranking the 40 greatest Star Wars quotes of all time, for the 40th anniversary.

Celebrities share their Star Wars memories.

That’s no moon ... but what if it were?

40 Years of Star Wars Anniversary Posters.

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Hardware Wars

Hardware Wars was the very first Star Wars parody, produced by Ernie Fosselius in 1978. Thirty-nine years later, it's still pretty funny.

They Laughed

Steve Urkel: Bad to the Bone

Steve Urkel was designed to be a peripheral character to the Winslow family on the sitcom Family Matters. But as portrayed by Jaleel White, the over-the-top craziness of Urkel took over and became an icon. He was bad to the bone -at least in his own mind.

Melodysheep went through about ten years of clips from Family Matters, edited them down, and added some autotune to made this tribute to one of the strangest "crazy neighbor" characters in all of television. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars. From Buster Keaton to Jimi Hendrix.

The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums. How else would you find Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum (it's in San Antonio)?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview. Vanity Fair visits the set and interviews the cast members.

Talk Obama to Me. Put your own words in and give the former prez a speech. (via Boing Boing)

This Illustration Nails the Pedestrian Problem in Cities. More people are walking than ever, so we should make their safety a priority.

Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards. Vintners love them because they keep rodents from their crops.

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two. They can even balance on one leg after they're dead.

Whatever happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals? For someone who only lived to age 31, he had quite a biography.

The Onion has obtained 700 pages of leaked documents from the Trump Administration. This should keep you busy for quite some time. (via Metafilter)

The hats of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The Squeaky Wheel

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The Wisdom of Animals

We could learn a lot from animals. Mainly that we are not as important as we think we are. This delightful animation from The School of Life reminds us that living simply, as animals do, can go a long way toward letting go of the anxieties we carry around. (via Laughing Squid)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Four Monks Walk Into a Drag Show…

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there's no punch line, just a group of new friends. TigerLily is a drag performer in Beijing. Four monks who had traveled all the way from Tibet heard music and laughter and wandered into his venue and had a wonderful time. That may sound weird, but one commenter said that Buddhist monks "always seem to approach life as it were the funniest joke ever told." TigerLily posted an album of more pictures from the same night. A good time was had by all. (via reddit)

Kittens in a Pile of Paper

Remember the ten kittens who were supposed to pose for a portrait? They belong to Natalya and Evgeny Mishukovi, who are busy enriching their lives with things to play with. Here, they shower the kittens with a bunch of paper scraps to create a indoor pile of wonderfulness. You can see more of the kittens' adventures at their YouTube channel. (via Laughing Squid)

Wrong Number

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Alien Egg Cake Balls

You know where facehuggers come from, don't you? From xenomorph eggs, of course! We can skip the middleman and just ingest the eggs first without all that face-hugging unpleasantness, when the eggs are made of cake. Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies shows us how to recreate the eggs from the Alien movie series in delicious mint chocolate cake. This would be perfect for that Alien marathon party you've planned to prepare your crew for the new movie Alien: Covenant. Just don't blame me when they want to re-emerge from your chest. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Engineering Against Coughing and Sneezing.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts. (via Uproxx)

Just hours before workers removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a special address at historic Gallier Hall. It could be a manifesto for the entire nation to move forward on.  

What It's Like to be Struck by Lightning. Around 4,000 people around the world die from lightning strikes every year, but about ten times as many are hit and survive.

When Evan Kowalski's mother asked him what theme he wanted for his 4th birthday party, he said Mrs. Doubtfire. Mom was surprised, but she made it work beautifully.

Julie d’Aubigny was a 17th-century French crossdresser, swordswoman, and opera star. She was sentenced to death twice, but always came up smelling like a rose.

That Time a Basketball Player Saved a Dolphin. Marine World called the Gold State Warriors for a volunteer.

All these years later, Top Gun 2 is officially happening, and we might even get a Spaceballs 2.

What Americans can learn from the soothing British ritual of tea time. It's a tradition that stands in for several kinds of social connections.

10 Things You Didn't Know About the President's Secret Army. The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command are the elite units that have movies made about their exploits.


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An Honest Trailer for Logan

Screen Junkies' 200th Honest Trailer is for the relatively recent movie Logan. First, let me warn you, this is full of spoilers. I didn't know what Logan was about at all, except that it was about Wolverine, but now I feel like I've seen the whole thing. Second (and this is a spoiler for the video), they couldn't find anything bad to say about it. So if you haven't already seen the movie, you might want to sip this Honest Trailer until you do. However, if you have seen Logan, you'll enjoy the Honest Trailer with a special surprise guest critic.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Threatening Texts

History's Deadliest Colors

Can color kill? Not by itself, but humans love color so much that we are drawn to things that may be really dangerous because we like the pretty colors. The problem was that there was such a lag between discovering something that gave us a wonderful color and the point we realized it was killing people. You'll hear several of those stories in this TED-Ed lesson from J. V. Maranto. (via Boing Boing)

Things Cats Don't Like

When a cat has a poor opinion of something, they will let you know, clearly, in their own way. In this compilation video from the Pet Collective, you'll see cats hating on modern technology, toys, family members, and everyday objects. To be honest, some of these clips aren't so much dislike for objects, but more of a cat wanting to see how much destruction and chaos they can cause. Yet we still love them.

Tweet of the Day

Steve rushed to help when a bomb went off at the Manchester Arena yesterday. When things are falling apart, it's good to remind ourselves that for every awful person that causes death and destruction, there are more good people. (via reddit)

Feeding the Deers

If Theme Parks Were Honest

Sooner or later, every family takes a road trip to Six Flags, Disney World, or some other large theme park to show the kids a good time. That means standing in line for a hour to ride a one-minute ride, paying out the wazoo for lunch, and dealing with tired, cranky kids (or even worse, bored teenagers) and sunburn. There's a price to pay for everything. In the latest Honest Ad from Cracked, Roger Horton dresses up like Walt Disney and welcomes us to Hortonland, where all your dreams will come true- even if they are nightmares. 

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The Lady of the Lines. Maria Reiche dedicated her life to the study and preservation of the Nazca lines.

Paramedic's Response to "Burger Flippers" Making an Equal $15/Hour is Beautiful. (via reddit)

Several times a day, we get a new yet old obituary from a bot that Tweets reports of deaths at Medieval Death Bot. The causes of death are intriguing, as they raise more questions than can possibly be answered. (via b3ta)

5 Things You Didn't Know About Blue Jeans. The American uniform for almost 100 years.

Why Occam's Razor Doesn't Apply to Physics. "Physics has shown us time and time again that our human views of what's logically consistent or preferred are terrible guides to understanding the Universe."

You should’ve asked. A graphic explanation as to why women still do most of the work at home. (via Metafilter)

6 Facts That Will Clear Up Your Confusing Life. No one knows what they want to be when they grow up.

The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America. The US government went into overdrive to research brainwashing in the 1950s.

How the Beatles Wrote "A Day in the Life." The many-layered song is so different from the Beatles of just a couple of years before. (via Metafilter)

What’s Kept the Society Against Quackery Going for 137 Years.  


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Dog Interrupts Russian News Broadcast

This news anchor is telling us about the planned renovation of some areas of Moscow, when she's interrupted by a Labrador retriever that had snuck behind the desk. It was startling. She tries to keep her cool and continue with the news, but all the attention is on the dog. Finally, she ends this clip by explaining that this is why she is a cat person. It's not nice to be upstaged. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bad Kitty

Fox News’ 5 Steps for Handling a Trump Scandal

I knew Fox News was completely partisan, but even I was shocked at the clips included in this video. You'd think that a TV news network would want to be subtle about their partisanship, but apparently I haven't been watching Fox News enough to realize how very bad it is. (via the A.V. Club)

Plane Repair

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Toy Story 19

Toy Story 4
is planned for 2019. That's 24 years after the first movie. You have to wonder how long they can keep it up. This comic from Berkeley Mews gives us an idea of how the story might be ultimately wrapped up. Too bad it's an animated horror film. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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The Real Case that Gave Poe a Murder Mystery.

Trump’s Worst Nightmare Comes True. Some background on special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

Time Trap: How Escape From the Planet of The Apes Was Ahead of Its Time. It was a lesson in how to make a sequel for a world that was destroyed.

Actors who didn’t survive their last TV roles. TV series handle the death of a regular in several different ways.

Flappers Didn’t Really Wear Fringed Dresses. That idea came from the movies made about them later.

Interesting tidbits behind famous album covers. You've probably owned at least of couple of these.

The Oral History of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." That it worked was a real surprise to almost everyone involved.

The animal rescue group Cat People of Melbourne produced an article describing one of the cats they have available for adoption. There is no false advertising for Mr. Biggles, "an utter utter utter bastard."

How the Wealthy Talk to Their Children About Money. The rest of us teach our kids how to take care of themselves. (via Metafilter)

These Are History’s Most Notorious Liars.

Cat Boss

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Earth, Wind, & Ozzys

A mashup of "September" by Earth, Wind, and Fire and "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne. This cleverness is brought to you by DJ Cummerbund. (via Bits and Pieces)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Obiedient Bears


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Tweet of the Day

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The Tune Will Come Naturally

Elderly Feral Tomcat and Foster Kittens

Mason the feral cat was ill, injured, and infected when he was taken in by Tinykittens feral TNR program. Because of his condition, he was placed in a home instead of being returned to the feral colony. Mason is only semi-tamed; he still won't let anyone pet him. But he has adopted a litter of kittens placed in the same foster home. They make him happy. There are several more videos of Grandpa Mason and his kittens at Tiny Tuxies.  (via reddit)

Officer Dog

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Loading a Bike Onto a Truck

He had the skills to take it up the ramp better than you thought. There's one little part he forgot to plan for. (via Bits and Pieces)

The Fork Lift Job

Murphy applied for a fork lift operator post at a famous Irish firm based in Dublin. 

A Norwegian applied for the same job and since both applicants had similar qualifications, they were asked to take a test and led to a quiet room with no interruptions by the Manager. When the results were in, both men had scored 19 out of 20.

The manager went to Murphy and said, “Thank you for coming to the interview, but we’ve decided to give the Norwegian the job.”

Murphy: “And why would you be doing that? We both got 19 questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish surely I should get the job.”

Manager: “We have made our decision not on the correct answers, but on the question you got wrong.”

Murphy: “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than another?”

Manager: “That’s Simple; on question number 7 the Norwegian wrote down, ‘I don’t know.’ You put down, ‘Neither do I.’ "

(Via Bits and Pieces)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dog Breeds

Fog Island

A thriller from 1945. From Wikipedia:
A recent ex convict named Leo Grainer (so-called in the credits, but in fact referred to as Grainger throughout) lives secluded on Fog Island with the daughter of his murdered wife. Seeking to learn who murdered her, and to exact revenge on those who framed him and destroyed his business, he invites his former associates to his creepy island mansion on the pretext he may share a hidden fortune with them.

Prior to their arrival he rigs the mansion with secret passages and a trap. Then, once his guests arrive, he gives each a clue, including his step daughter and butler. This successfully pits everyone against the others and plays on their greed. What then transpires is conflict, revealed mysteries, sudden death, and an unlikely resolution.

Automobile Exorcism

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Miniature Goat vs. Hammock

Goats are naturally sure-footed, but Sampson has never encountered a surface where his center of gravity is constantly changing. Still, his instinct is to climb on things, so he keeps trying to conquer the backyard hammock. (via Metafilter


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Watermelon Bread Recipe

It looks like a watermelon, but it's really raisin bread! This bread recipe combines kneading the dough with mixing in your colors. It even has stripes! May Lynn shows us how it's done. She's done this before; your mileage may vary. The ingredients list can be copied from the YouTube page. (via Nag on the Lake)

Industrious Otter

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Cooking Class

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The History of Tea

The Chinese discovered it, the Japanese revered it, and the British went nuts over tea. Oh yeah, and then Americans loaded it with sugar, lemon juice, and ice cubes. Tea has always been popular, even back when it was eaten instead of made into a drink. Learn the history of the second most popular drink in the world (after water) in this TED-Ed lesson from Shunan Teng. -(via Geeks Are Sexy)

The Hoarder

The Hoarder is a 1969 beautifully animated short film about a bird who collects everything. He almost gets everyone killed before he learns an important lesson about greed. (via The Kid Should See This)

He Took a Shortcut

A Brief History of Goths

What do the barbarian Goths that raided Europe have to do with the young fashionistas who wear black in the more recent era? Not much, because the modern Goths took their name from the word Gothic. And that's where the story gets interesting. Dan Adams explains the evolution of the word Goth and it was used through history in this TED-Ed video. (via Laughing Squid)

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10 Times Connecting the Dots Went Awry. Correlation does not mean causation.

A Short History Of Presidential Obstruction Of Justice.

The 2017 Shed of the Year finalists have been announced, and you can vote for your favorite shed here. See photos of the finalists at the Guardian, but be warned that the most interesting sheds are from the contest category called #Notashed. (via Metafilter)

What’s Your American Dream Score? This Quiz Will Tell You.

On display in a jar at the University of Lisbon’s Faculty of Medicine, the head of Diogo Alves is remarkably well-preserved, looking much like he must have when he was last alive -in 1841. 

What was the Biggest Movie From the Year You Were Born? This list has the Best Picture winner, the box office champ, and the critics choice for each of the last 100 years.

The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Files. The E.L. Konigsburg children's book was released fifty years ago.

19 Real Customer Service Horror Stories. Everyone has at least one, but these are awful.

How Better Call Saul fixed Breaking Bad's Skyler Problem. And along the way, revealed how ethically compromised the audience is.

The True Stories Behind 11 Famous Sideshow Performers. They went on display for money, but each had a real life and real story.


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Coke Habit

Mike was addicted to Coca Cola and didn't even know it until the went through withdrawal. When his mother quit buying Coke to save his teeth, he suffered from two weeks of migraines. That was a long time ago, and he still can't drink caffeine. He finally made a cartoon about it. You can read more about the video here.  (Thanks, Nick!)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Hillbillies of Beverly Hills

In 1962, Paul Henning pitched an idea for a sitcom about a family of Ozark hillbillies who struck oil and moved to the big city. CBS ordered a pilot to be made, which was never aired, but set up the concept of The Beverly Hillbillies. The first aired episode told the same story with the same characters, but was re-recorded. The name of the series was improved, too. (via Boing Boing)

Moon Landing

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Star Wars Nothing But Star Wars Mixtape Trailer

Cinefamily TV is putting together a mega-project for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, featuring 70 minutes of the most bonkers Star Wars-related footage possible. The trailer gives us a little taste, and although it's less than two minutes long, it's weird enough to enjoy on its own. Forty years is a long time to be obsessed with one franchise, but plenty long enough to amass tributes that will make us laugh and feel nostalgic at the same time. The full version will be shown May 25th at the Cinefamily theater in Los Angeles. (via Gizmodo)  


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18 Facts You May Not Known About Don Rickles. The insult comic was the last of his kind.

The first trailer for Star Trek: Discovery has been unveiled, and we already have a breakdown and analysis of every part of it.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate Alien’s set design. Just another unit of perfection that made the movie a classic.

Australian Maine Coon Could be World's Longest Cat. (via Mental Floss)

How Much Force Could a T.Rex Bite Deliver? New research tries to pinpoint its power.

The Mystery of the 2,000-Year-Old Iron Beads. They came from a meteorite hundreds of miles away.

Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream. That dream where you combine home ownership with road tripping.

Mama June's Makeover Was Actually Damage Control. Honey Boo-boo's mother needed a big change to distract the audience from the scandal that wrecked her earlier show.

14 Secrets of College Counselors. They have tips for helping your child find and get into the right school.

Father Dog

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An Honest Trailer for Aliens

The new movie Alien: Covenant (the fifth Alienmovie, if you don't count Alien vs. Predator) is opening this weekend, so Screen Junkies went back to take another look at the second movie in the series, Aliens. While the first movie was a horror film, the second was an action movie. How will they tear this one down?

Just as I thought they might, by downing every character except Ripley, and deservedly so. Too bad she's not in every Alien film.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Men's Room Sign

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Lunar Eclipse

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Deadpool as an Oscar-worthy Drama

There was talk last year of Deadpool deserving a Best Picture Oscar (or at least a nomination), because the film took risks, broke new ground, and was a thoroughly enjoyable movie. Naw, the Academy isn't having any of that. But what if all the humor, action, and special effects were stripped away? All that would be left would be a relationship drama of the type that the Oscars love. Jon Tomlinson re-edited Ryan Reynolds' masterpiece to show how it could be done. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Saving The Day Is Harder Than It Looks

Heroes are much more interesting when they have a few of the flaws we normal people deal with. That's why Superman will never be as interesting as Batman. And why Deadpool captured the moviegoing audience's attention so well -he's far from perfect, and we can relate. When filmmakers throw a bolt into the machinery of a daring caper, it provides us with an unexpected gasp or laugh or something to keep us from falling asleep during the heroic actions we expect. Robert Jones found those moments in 43 different movies, most of which you've seen. Enjoy this movie supercut. (Thanks, Robert!)

Hash tags

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The Rocket Man

Before Kraftwerk, before Devo, there were The Spotniks! From 1962, the Swedish group The Spotniks perform their hit song "The Rocket Man." (via Everlasting Blort)

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Non-Italian Hand Gestures.

So, there's a man crawling through the desert. Get ready for the world's longest shaggy dog story. (via Metafilter)

Hackers are reportedly holding Disney’s new Pirates of the Caribbean movie for ransom. Disney has refused to pay up.

10 Terrible Cases of Mistaken Identity. Identity theft is bad, but a murder accusation is worse.

What Makes a Parent? A brutal custody battle between two women raises questions about who has a right to rear a child—and could redefine the legal meaning of family.

When TV Logos Were Physical Objects. They were a lot more interesting overall.

My Family’s Slave. For 56 years, Lola gave everything to the family that owned her.

The Myth of Flyer’s Rights. As a passenger, legally you don't have that many.

The romance of tuberculosis. Since it was unavoidable, it became fashionable in a melancholy way. 

Our Lady of Complicity. A delightfully scathing review of Ivanka Trump's book Women Who Work. (via Metafilter)

Teasing the Cat

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The Surprising Pattern Behind Color Names

Different languages have different names for colors, that's given. But some languages identify more colors than others, and some have rather few terms for colors. Research into those languages reveals that when there are fewer color names, they are the same colors across the world. This gave rise to the theory that cultures identify colors in the same order the world over. That is a fascinating thing to learn, but it needs more than a few words to understand clearly. 

By the way, languages with fewer words for colors were once thought to be from people who are color blind. Not true at all, because languages have different ways of distinguishing colors besides a dedicate term for the color. (via Laughing Squid)  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Why the Same Song Plays at Every Graduation

It is the season to hear "Pomp and Circumstance" played at every graduation ceremony. The song was not written for a school commencement; in fact, the lyrics are quite warlike. So how did it became the tradition song for such ceremonies?

Vox look sat the history of Edward Elgar's march, and how it became associated with commencement. Bonus: we get to hear Dame Clara Butt sing the song. (Thanks, Phil Edwards!)

Finding the Key

One of the bigger challenges of raising children is getting them to read. Reading is very hard when you're learning to do it, and the only thing that will make it easy is practice. Why would a kid want to practice something that difficult and boring? Sure, we adults know they will love it when they master the skill, but they don't know that. The secret is to find some reading material your particular child can't put down. One father told me he'd let his son read porn if it would get him to read at all. I had to find something different for each of three girls, but they all eventually turned to reading for pleasure, which is the key to mastering the skill. For Moishe (and for many kids), comic books are the key. That lesson comes in the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.

Upcoming Star Trek Parody Series

The upcoming Fox TV series The Orville is a parody of Star Trek, developed by and starring Seth MacFarlane. It should premiere sometime in 2017. You won't hear the words Star Trek or Starfleet in this trailer, but the ships, the aliens, the plot lines, and the aesthetics are all there. Whether the series can keep the comedy level up over time will be the key to The Orville's success. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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The Rosicrucian Mummies of San Jose. You can visit them when you're in town.

The Tangled Story Behind Trump’s False Claims Of Voter Fraud. Statistical error in one undergrad student's paper led to the mess we see now.

The Biggest Changes on the 2016 SSA Baby Names List

Signing Away the Right to Get a New Job. Non-compete clauses have trickled down to lesser-skilled jobs in order to keep low-paid employees in their place. (via Metafilter)

The World’s Trashiest Beach Is on a Remote Island in the South Pacific. Henderson Island is groaning under 38,000 pounds of plastic.

Colombia's National Sport Mixes Explosives and Beer. A game of tejo is like horseshoes on steroids.

Could Your Cells Be Worth Millions? Even if they are, your share could be negligible. 

Dangerous Skyscrapers Channel Wind And Sun, Topple Pedestrians And Start Fires. The unintended consequences of modern architecture can be deadly.

How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movement. Dying for one's country was an injustice to those who lacked the rights of other citizens.

Why Graduates Dress the Way They Do. The cap and gown used to be everyday wear for students.

Caught in the Act

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