Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Barbecue


Abby the Spoon Lady



How long has it been since you've been impressed by someone playing the spoons? This is Abby the Spoon Lady, accompanying Chris Rodrigues to the song "Angels in Heaven." They recorded this on Play Music on Your Porch day in August, which sounds like a lovely thing to celebrate. Anyone can play spoons, however, it takes a lot of practice and dedication to play them this well. But Abby the Spoon Lady is more than just a spoon player. According to Wikipedia,
Abby first started street performing and busking as a means to make money traveling across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. She taught herself to play the spoons and traveled all over the United States by hitchhiking and railroad. She states that landing in Asheville, North Carolina, was completely an accident and that she took the wrong train.[4] Today she hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo.[5] She spent a good amount of her time traveling recording the stories, interviews and songs of other American travelers.[6]
She is also a free speech advocate and has a radio show at  WSFM-LP in Asheville. (via reddit)

Sensible Condominium Development

The Rotary Jail



William H. Brown invented what he thought was a good idea: a rotary jail. Cell blocks were constructed as a circular tumbler, and cells were built in the shape of a pie slice. There was only one door for the cell block, and the guard would rotate the cell block to access each cell. The idea was to save money by having fewer guards to watch fewer doors. You think it would take a long time to recoup the expense of the mechanism that way. What could possibly go wrong? You have to wonder whether anyone stopped to think that it might be easier just to walk around the building than to move the building. Eighteen rotary jails were built, and that's when the problems started. Like inmates getting their arms cut off. Tom Scott visits the Rotary Jail Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where a working rotary jail survives. (via Digg


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Skunk Research Review. What is it that makes them so smelly?

How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.  (via Metafilter) 

6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

7 Fictional Workplace Floor Plans. Bizdaq presents the floor plans of Dunder Mifflin, Moe's Tavern, Central Perk, Paddy’s Pub, Sterling Cooper, and the comic book store from The Big Bang Theory.

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes

The first new Tomb Raider poster is a Photoshop disaster.




Improvised

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Jimmy Kimmel on Bill Cassidy’s Health “Care” Bill



Jimmy Kimmel didn't waste any time telling us what he thinks of the GOP's last-ditch effort to gut our health care system. It's a Hail Mary effort to repeal Obamacare because they hate Obamacare. Maybe they should start thinking of American citizens' well being instead of political grudges.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stereotype Paradox

An Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman



Screen Junkies wades into the water to dare give us an Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman. Let's be honest, they liked the movie as much as the rest of us did. But they could still find some things about it to pick on, like how much the plot has the implausibility of a super hero comic book. Strange, that.

Pretty much the worst thing they can say about Wonder Woman is that it had everything a comic book super hero movie should have, and that it surprised us by having that and being good as well. This video does have some good puns, though. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Walk LIke a Pirate

(via reddit)

Talking Like a Pirate

It's not always appropriate, or profitable, to talk like a pirate. Comic by Steve Langille.

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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

In 1832, a British Navy doctor was approached by a sailor who had a dining fork embedded in his back! He couldn't recall how it got there.  (via Strange Company

Guess Whether These Headlines Came From Breitbart or 1920s KKK Newspapers.

Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

Dance Like a Pirate

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7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Princess Bride



The Princess Bride was released on September 27, 1987, which means it will soon be 30 years since it hit theaters. In honor of the occasion, Cinefix tells us seven things about the movie. Not just tidbits of trivia; these are more like seven stories behind the making of The Princess Bride. As you wish.

The filming was one problem after another. After watching this, you'll be amazed that the movie was ever completed, but they overcame those obstacles with hard work, perserverence, and creativity. It was a difficult production that ended up looking effortless. Inconceivable! The result was a comedy/romance/fantasy/fairy tale/action film that became a classic. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Selling a Blanket



Big LT is an amputee who has been living on disability payments. He saw a Navajo blanket on the TV show Antiques Roadshow and realized he had a family heirloom that was like it. Watch him find out how much it is worth. So he started out thinking he might get $5-10 thousand for it. Then the appraisers come out. This story might lift those Monday blues for you by the end. And the kicker is that LT might even be able to go visit his blanket in some museum somewhere. (via reddit)

Out West


The Gym

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The True Stories of 5 Classic Railway Tunes. With videos, in case you want to sing along. 

5 Police Cases That Basically Solved Crimes Using Magic

Trump calls single-payer 'a curse'—here's what data from other countries actually show.

Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail. (via Strange Company)

How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

Democratic Socialists of America Muck Out Flooded Houston Homes. (via Metafilter

Hot Dogs

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Textbook Explanation of Social Media Sites

A textbook uses the analogy of a donut to explain how social media sites differ. It's in the way that people use them. And Google+ is the punchline. Who says textbook writers don't have a sense of humor? The price they expect us to pay for them would be funny, too, if it weren't so tragic. (via reddit)

How Jackie Chan Gets Over Fences



This supercut shows how movie star Jackie Chan surmounts obstacles: fences, walls, buildings, and other barriers. He does it in style. No wonder his films always feature a chase scene on foot! The word "climb" doesn't really do it justice. It's more like he dances over obstacles. In one minute, Chan gets over over eleven barriers, and makes it look effortless. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Must. Touch. Kitty.



A husky is quite enamored of the cat he just met, but seems to be aware of the possible danger. From the comments at reddit,
In this video, Doggo is trying to be accepted by Kitty. He desperately wants to be friends. This is probably the first time they've met. Doggo is being extremely submissive: ducking his head very low, below Kitty's, rolling onto his back to expose both his belly and his neck to Kitty. But he can still see Kitty is tense. Kitty's ears are back and her hackles are raised. She has likely never seen a dog and just doesn't know what to make of Doggo. But he knows she isn't happy, and from his whining, you can tell this makes him super sad! He even gets close to Kitty and raises a paw playfully, and as gently as he can, as if to say to Kitty, "See, look! I am not dangerous, Sweet Kitty! Do not be afraid! I just want to be your friend!" Actually, the fact that Kitty isn't hissing or scratching is a good sign! It means she is probably just unsure, so I bet that Doggo will get his wish after Kitty gets to know him, and they will become friends at last.
(via reddit)

Shirt

Draw Me

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

An American Man

Halo, Džozefina



This guy in Croatia took three years to record this music video, and it's still only two minutes long. But he gained a full head of hair and a viral video. The song is "Halo, Džozefina" (Hello Josephine) by Đorđe Marjanović, who was a star in Serbia (then Yugoslavia) in the 1950s and '60s. (via reddit

Today's Password

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Helping a Little Buddy Cross the Street



A hedgehog is trying to cross a road in Tambov, Russia. A gaggle of geese know that the hedgehog is small and pavement-colored and it's likely that drivers won't see him. So they do the right thing and give him an escort! Notice the one goose that holds her wings out to be more visible. It looks like she is holding traffic back! They make right proper crossing guards, don't you think? (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day



He must have known he was being recorded. (via Buzzfeed)


Slow Learner

Pot Of Pish



This is not new, but still funny. If you can't understand these guys from the TV show Still Game, it's because they're Glaswegian. Yes, it is English, and no, you don't really need to know what they're saying to follow the skit.

Beware

(via Fark)

Women Are Awesome



In this edition of People Are Awesome, we see many women (and a few girls, and a even a baby or two) show amazing strength, skill, agility, grace, and overall athleticism. Yeah, I'm impressed …and a little bit envious, although I realize that these women have put in many hours, or even years, of work and practice to achieve these things. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Friday, September 15, 2017

After 66 Years, Colorblind Man Sees Colors



William Reed is a bodybuilder, and he's also colorblind. For his 66th birthday, his family all chipped in and got him a pair of Enchroma glasses that help a colorblind person to see colors. Reed suddenly sees the world as it is for the first time in his life. Yeah, it take him sometime to open the gift, so if you can't wait, skip ahead to 2:00. His joy is hard to see under the dark glasses …until he starts sniffing. It's a change we can't imagine unless we've been in his shoes. Reed says the colors make everything look 3D, so being able to see colors as others do must make a difference in depth perception, too. (via Digg)

Money Talk

Maru and the Aquarium



Maru the Japanese Scottish fold cat is ten years old, but he still loves his boxes, no matter what they are made of. His roommate Hana is all grown up, and still taking lessons from Maru. In this video, Maru confronts a see-through box, or what we'd call an aquarium. We can clearly see that Maru, like all cats, takes the shape of his container, and is therefore liquid. (via Tastefully Offensive)

By the way, a study to determine whether cats are liquid, solid, or both at the same time won an Ig Nobel Prize last night. You can read about all the 2017 Ig Nobel winners in this post. 

Tweet of the Day



(via Buzzfeed)

Boneless

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The IT Department



One thing you can say about the movie It, it readily lends itself to puns. We've seen that once already, and now the IT department is involved. In this skit from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden is Pennywise, or in this case, It. Sure, that one joke plays out pretty quickly, but goes in a different direction as Corden takes it upon himself to be helpful. The poor sap that called for IT help doesn't need that kind of freakout. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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15 Things You Don't Know About Ernest Borgnine. Eddie Deezen tells all.

Your Schedule Could Be Killing You. Scientists, called chronobiologists, at the University of California at San Diego's Center for Circadian Biology are studying how time affects our bodies and our health.

How Tinder Accidentally Exposed Society's Inherent Racism. Snap judgments on a picture give us plenty of data.

The Cassini spacecraft is set to self-destruct today after a 20-year journey to study Saturn. The scientists and engineers who dedicated their careers to the mission talk about what it means to them.

5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

Know Your Hate Groups.  An illustrated guide from The Nib.

Sorry

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Inside the World’s Smelliest Factory



My school took field trips to many factories when I was young. The only two I recall were the cheese factory and American Greetings, both because of the smell. The cheese factory turned us all off cheese for a few weeks. American Greeting made scented candles, cinnamon at the time, and the fumes burned our eyes and made our noses run. The workers were used to it. Neither of those experiences compare to a visit to a factory that makes surströmming, or fermented herring. Great Big Story explains surströmming and how it is made. Aren't you glad to be watching a video instead of taking a field trip to this factory?


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Alexa is Not That Smart



Norm Krumpe had the digital personal assistant Alexa pick a number between one and a million. He only needed two guesses to get it right. Artificial intelligence has a way to go before it takes over the world. Someone remarked that it was like playing hide and seek with a giggling toddler. (via reddit)

Attention!

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How Not to Land an Orbital Rocket Booster



You know that technological breakthroughs only come after a series of failures. The main thing is that you learn from your failures and move on. Elon Musk's company SpaceX has had its share of spectacular failures, every one of which was highly publicized and enshrined on YouTube. That's the way of the world today. Since there's no reason to shy away from their failures, even if they could, SpaceX has released a compilation of their duds, crashes, and explosions on the way to achieving private space flight. Just imagine how many millions of dollars went into these clips. Look closely, and you'll see that their successes are included, too. (via Gizmodo)

Secrets

(via The Chive)

An Honest College Tour



If you have a high school senior in your home, get ready for lots of walking around campuses, trying to discern what makes this school different from the one you saw last week. You child knows there's no way they're ever going to attend this school because it's close enough for their parents to drive to. However, it's close enough to drive to, and they get an excused day off from from school for taking the tour.

The tour is led by a student on a work study program, and they do their best because they don't want to go back to washing dishes in the cafeteria. Your kid runs into someone they know from high school, and you don't see them again for hours. Meanwhile, you're lucky to see one dorm room, since no one volunteers for theirs to be seen. Soon, you realize that it doesn't matter a bit what the school looks like, only whether they will give your kid financial aid. After two or three of these tours, you just send your kid (and all their friends) off to go see a campus on their own. They just wanted a day away from school anyway. (via College Humor)

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The Axman’s Jazz: The Axeman of New Orleans. The weird series of gruesome murders was never solved.

Bernie Sanders: Why We Need Medicare for All.

The 25 Best Space Movies, Ranked. Sadly, only two of them are based on true stories.

6 Reasons Good People Turn Into Monsters

How to Harvest Honey. Even if you'd never consider doing it yourself, watch the fascinating way beekeepers do it.

The new iPhone X will use facial recognition to unlock your phone. That raises a question: Can police use your face to unlock it for a search?

The Peculiar Poetry of Paris’s Lost and Found. For over 200 years, the city's Bureau of Found Objects has been dedicated to reuniting possessions with their rightful owners. (via Metafilter)

Productivity Hacks to Rule Kindergarten Like a Silicon Valley Boss. Inspiration, motivation, and industry jargon is the secret to back-to-school! (via Swiss Miss)

A Nun With a Chainsaw Becomes the Symbol Of Post-Irma Cleanup. Sister Margaret Ann's can-do attitude is what Florida needs.

How Alexander Hamilton's House Got Moved. It was hemmed in on all sides, so they raised it up 38 feet! 

What's Wrong?

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How to Get Rid of Hiccups



This newsreel from 1960 gives us some sure-fire methods for curing hiccups, such as holding whiskey and pepper against your belly. If that doesn't work, try some remedies from old wives tales. (via Weird Universe)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

She Should've Checked First

Isn't Working

(via reddit)

Hello World



On September 1, Serena Williams gave birth to a daughter. She and her fiancé Alexis Ohanian, founder of reddit, named her Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Yes, they named her after her father, complete with Junior. Today, they released a video that includes the first public picture of the baby. Congratulations Serena and Alexis! (via The Daily Dot)

Cheetah Attacked by Meerkats



This is something that could only happen at a zoo. This took place at Cheetah Experience in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Kinji the Cheetah loves the meerkats at the conservation center, but the meerkats, well, they don't like anyone. And they can be pretty fierce for their size. See, the meerkats are protecting their family from a dangerous predator by attacking Kinji whenever he comes around. To Kinji, it's a fine little back scratch from his little friends. He just purrs and enjoys it. Dolph C. Volker of the center says,
A cheetah purr is quickly becoming my favorite sound in the world... so relaxing, calming, and something that penetrates the psyche down to the rudimentary soul for me. A purrs is designed to calm tensions; letting others around them know a friendly cat is present. 
(via Tastefully Offensive)

Mutt

Oh No

From Walt Kelly's comic strip Pogo.

Burn Out



Stella is an intergalactic mechanic who must make an emergency landing on a strange planet. It appears to be void of life. That is, except for the ghosts. But it's not a frightening alien story. Stella confronts a ghost of her past, and has an experience that gives her the impetus to push on and never give up. So what if she's a mechanic instead of an explorer? You never know when that will be the best thing to be. This short animation is from director Cécile Carre of the French animation school GOBELINS.  (via io9)

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Spiders, Fear, and Size. Scientific research into how people are terrified of big spiders.

Evacuate for hurricane, lose your job.

When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On. Feeding exotic animals under special circumstances takes careful planning and creative logistics.

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves. It was a form of suicide by religious loophole.

Address Twins are two houses that have the exact same street address, usually in different towns. Paul Plowman searched for address twins that were close to each other, and found one pair that are next door neighbors!

Watch civil forfeiture in action, as a cop gives a ticket for selling food without permit, then takes all the cash out of the guy's wallet

Cougars are the biggest species of cats that meow rather than roar. You'll be forgiven if the first "meow" sounds more like "hi!" to you.

11 Band Names that Don't Mean What You Think They Do. The real stories behind them are far more interesting.

Undercover in Temp Nation. This is how we do jobs these days. (via Metafilter)

Who Names a Dog Frisky?

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How Wonder Woman Should Have Ended



The folks at How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) give us a couple of different alternative endings to Wonder Woman that would have worked, and I would have been happy with them. No matter; I was happy with the movie as it was, but still, there's that one part that I'm not going to say because it's a spoiler. But you shouldn't watch this video at all if you don't want to see spoilers from Wonder Woman. This video has more than that, though. There was about five times that I thought the video was over, but there was more, because they delve into the whole DC Comics movie franchise. Or else they just kept thinking up new punchlines and wanted to use them all. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Crime Wave

An Honest Trailer for The Mummy (2017)



You may have completely missed the remake of The Mummy that came out earlier this year. I certainly did, or even if I'd heard about it, I've already forgot. So it was a horror film starring Tom Cruise that people expected to resemble the 1999 Brendon Fraser movie. No wonder Screen Junkies had plenty to say about it.

Sports Arena

Burn Out



Stella is an intergalactic mechanic who must make an emergency landing on a strange planet. It appears to be void of life. That is, except for the ghosts. But it's not a frightening alien story. Stella confronts a ghost of her past, and has an experience that gives her the impetus to push on and never give up. So what if she's a mechanic instead of an explorer? You never know when that will be the best thing to be. This short animation is from director Cécile Carre of the French animation school GOBELINS.  (via io9)

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The Aero-Nuts of 1785. The first men who flew across the English Channel landed in France ...naked.

Star Trek The Original Series: 30 Interstellar Guest Stars. A deep look at each guest star ranks them by their science fiction contributions.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election.

A Very Special Breaking Bad Pulled a Train Robbery, and Proved the Power of Plot. The episode “Dead Freight” masterfully summed up what made the show great.

Creature from the Green Lagoon. Caddo Lake in Texas is suffering under an invasion of giant salvinia that is threatening the life of Texas wetlands.

The Selfie-Obsessed Countess of Vanity. Virginia Oldoini wasn't a photographer, but a 19th-century artist, with herself as the medium in over 400 portraits.

How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satire. They proved that the Cold War could be ridiculed even as it was happening.

Queso Is the World’s Most Perfect Food. Velveeta and Ro-Tel made it accessible to everyone.

Congratulations to Melissa McCarthy, who won an Emmy for portraying Sean Spicer on SNL!

Students Are Sharing The Differences Between Teachers In High School And College And They Are Hilariously True.




Frisky

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Dancing in 80's Movies, Vol. 2



When video editor Robert Jones gave us Dancing in the Eighties, he mentioned that he had so many film clips that weren't used, he could make another video. Now he has! Enjoy some more awesome dancing from the movies of the eighties, when the mood would be lightened for everyone with a dance number in the middle, and a happy ending celebrated with another dance number. This mashup features clips from 86 different movies, listed at the YouTube page. You've seen most of them. The music is "Hold Onto Our Love"from the movie The Last Unicorn. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Antique

Lambeth Walk - Nazi Style



I couldn't describe this any better than the blurb at YouTube:
This film short is called "Lambeth Walk - Nazi Style" and was made by Charles A. Ridley in 1941. He re-edited existing footage of Hitler and Nazi soldiers (taken from the propaganda film "Triumph of the Will") to make it appear they were marching and dancing to "The Lambeth Walk". He used the music because members of the Nazi party had called the tune "Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping". The re-edit was distributed uncredited to newsreel companies in the US and UK. Made 60+ years before YouTube, it is regarded as one of the first political remix videos.
(via a comment at Metafilter)

Root Beer

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Dad Builds Palace For Dogs



Aaron Franks built a doghouse on his deck. That's a bit of an understatement. This is not ordinary doghouse! It's a three-level dog dreamland featuring stairs, three entrances, cubbyholes, beds, a pool, three swings, an umbrella, tunnels, a pirate wheel, a potty pit full of wood chips (complete with fire hydrant), and a water dispenser. Franks also has a monitor in his bedroom so he can watch his four pit bulls enjoy their doggy mansion. His wife didn't realize the scope of the project, as he worked on it for two years. He may add more in the future. (via Tastefully Offensive)



Corn Maze

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How English Was Made. It was like, "Let's throw in everything and see what sticks."

Trump truly is something new- the first president whose entire political existence hinges on the fact of a black president. This is good, and long, but you can listen to the audio version.

The Hidden Memories of Plants. Plants can adapt their behavior to conditions not found in their normal environment -and remember those behavioral adaptations over time.

13 Ghost Stories From Hotels That'll Make You Want To Sleep With The Light On. You'll want to remember these while planning your next vacation trip.

The Deadly 1991 Hamlet Fire Exposed the High Cost of “Cheap.” Deregulation and cost-cutting measures led to the deaths of 25 workers in North Carolina.

The First Japanese Woman to Go to College. Ōyama Sutematsu dedicated her life to educating Japanese girls after her time in the US. (via Strange Company)

The 2017 Bird Photographer of the Year Awards. Wildlife photographers show off their very best. (via Boing Boing

How to Get Banned from Everything.

Former Mexican president Vicente Fox is running for President …of the United States. His ad contains NSFW language.

11 Deep Facts About The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms.

Cerberus

Sunday, September 10, 2017

An Apple a Day

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Grow My Own

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Mansplaining

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Lotters

(Thanks, Tracey!)

Bear vs. Flamingo



A baby bear crashed the party, and everyone else had to move indoors. As expected, mama bear wasn't too far behind! Baby bear was a little disappointed no on e wanted to play with him, until he saw the pink flamingo-shaped pool float. That's what he'll play with! Everyone was waiting to see it deflate, but mama bear was in a hurry to leave, so the bear just took it with him. (via Digg)

Kloo

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A Tribute to Cassini




The Cassini spacecraft was launched on October 17, 1997. Seven years later, it arrived in orbit around Saturn, and has spent the last seven years exploring the gas giant, its rings, and its many moons. But Cassini's mission is coming to an end. On September 15, the probe will take its final dive toward the planet and destroy itself.

Yeah, we aren't supposed to tear up over the death of an inanimate object, but go ahead if you must. Cassini succeeded in its mission, so much that it was extended several times. The probe had a good life, and will always be remembered, especially by the scientists who spent their lives with it. You can find out more about Cassini at NASA's site dedicated to the mission, now under the name The Grand Finale.



You can also follow Cassini through its last days at Twitter. (via Metafilter)