Saturday, July 22, 2017

Where's the Fire?

I hope that is the express lane. (via Pleated-Jeans)

British Airways Safety Video

British Airways teamed up with Comic Relief to make a new flight safety video based on the premise of people auditioning for a role in the safety video. A selection of top British performers do their best, but the director is more impressed with some than with others. Honestly, when Sir Ian McKellan tells you to put on your oxygen mask, you listen. The video is actually a combination flight safety video and fundraising appeal for Flying Start. It will be shown on flights beginning in September. There's also a behind-the-scenes look and some outtakes here.


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The Walking Dead Season 8 Official Comic-Con Trailer

The first trailer for season eight of The Walking Dead, which premieres on October 22, was unveiled at San Diego Comic Con on Friday. This video contains NSFW language, despite the fact that it's from a TV show. There's a lot of action, explosions, shooting, and an inspirational speech or two, but not nearly enough zombies. But then, it's only a few minutes of clips that try not to give too much away.  Every frame will be examined and speculated on in the next few days. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Siphoning Gas

Little Library

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U.S. Executive Branch Crime Statistics

The article accompanying this chart was published backing January. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Why a Total Solar Eclipse is Such a Big Deal

The total solar eclipse that will cross the U.S. on August 21st is a big deal. "Eclipse" is not so rare, but "solar" is, and "total" even more so. It doesn't happen often, and the view is expected to be spectacular. Get a preview in this video from Vox. Sadly, my plan to drive two hours or so to see the eclipse has been canceled. August 21st is move-in day at my youngest kid's new college. But we will see a partial solar eclipse, which will cover all of the lower 48. And if you live too far away to get to the path of totality, you'll still see plenty of reports on the internet. (via Kottke)

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Food and Drink Specials Served Up for the San Diego Comic Con.

My ‘Just In Case’ Inheritance. Indians invest in jewelry for their daughters as a lifelong safety net.

We Are Awful at Detecting Manipulated Photos. Test your altered image detecting abilities here. (via Daily of the Day)

Trump's 2020 Campaign Has Already Paid Out $600K—to Trump.

In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

Rub It In

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Singing Samoyeds

What we have here are four Samoyeds, harmonizing like a barbershop quartet. Well, three of them anyway. In every quartet, there's one guy who wants to only take the solos. In this case, that's Biscotti. Dog trainer Lisa Marino caught her dogs singing and had to share it with us. (via Tastefully Offensive)    

Thursday, July 20, 2017


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The Counterfeit Coin Riddle

In order to get out of the dungeon, you must perform a service for the king.He wants you to identify a counterfeit coin among twelve coins, but you can only use his scale three times to do it. Lucky for you, you are the kingdom's top mathematician. I can slice a tomato into 18 pieces with five cuts, but this one's a real head scratcher. Jennifer Lu sure came up with a hard one in this riddle. I might have been able to figure it out, if I had infinite time and no stress, but the scenario as it is would not allow for that. The king has a temper, you know. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

A history of why the US is the only rich country without universal health care.

I Faked Being Engaged for the Discounts. While weddings are getting outrageously expensive, there are some perks that go along with the ordeal.   (via Digg)

Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made. (via Boing Boing

Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

Six ways Trump is 'dismantling' the US after six months in office. (via Metafilter

Laundry Day

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Kitten Playing with Dog

This kitten wants to play, while the dog just wants to nap. It's a cute sequence. But wait, now. How many toes does this kitten have? I think this kitten has at least twenty-four toes, maybe more. Those big feet are going to win him some fans! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions & Billions

Our president keeps talking about someone named Bill Yenzins. None of these clips are used more than once. At least Carl Sagan had other amounts to talk about. (via Metafilter)


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Hummingbird in Slow Motion

Hummingbirds flap their wings about 50 times per second, so all we ever see is a blur around them as they zip around the yard. The folks from National Geographic mounted a high-speed camera on a hummingbird feeder to get some incredible footage of the tiny birds. Not only do we get to see them flap their wings, but also slip their tongues into the nectar up close!

The bird feeder is enclosed in what looks like a wind tunnel, so the photographers can create and control conditions such as wind and rain. Keep watching, and you'll see a hummingbird bird shake the drops of water off its feathers. Watch those feathers shimmer in the light! (via Laughing Squid)

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Luther, Obama's Anger Translator, is Back

Keegan-Michael Key appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, and lets Luther tells us what he thinks of our current president. (via Uproxx)

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Facial Feedback (Smiles and Frowns). Which comes first, the feeling or the expression?  

10 Amazing Additions Coming to Disney Parks and Resorts.

How bosses are (literally) like dictators. In America, you give up your rights for a paycheck, and too many people are cool with that.

Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

Republicans' deranged health-care nostalgia.

12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

Male writers writing female characters


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I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is

Stuart Semple is an artist who makes paint and pigments. He created the Pinkest Pink, which is brighter than computers can actually show. Tom Scott does his best to describe it to us. It looks pretty pink to me, but I'd like to see how bright it is in reality.

Besides explaining how pink the Pinkest Pink is, this video gives us a glimpse into the catty world of artists and color. By the way, here's Anish Kapoor's Instagram photo Tom referred to in the video. It might be NSFW, depending on your workplace. (via reddit)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Childrens Beer Garden

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Microwaving an Airbag in Slow Motion

What is the worst possible non-living thing you could put into a microwave? Gav and Dan, the Slow Mo Guys, very well may have found it. An automobile airbag. It takes a warped mind to even think up such a stunt, and in their defense, they aren't the first to do it. But do it they did, heating the device to deployment pressure, and then recorded the results on their high-speed cameras. The destruction is impressive. So is the danger. Don't try this at home. (via Sploid)

Trouble or Not?

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First Look at The Disaster Artist

Tommy Wiseau's 2003 movie The Room was hailed as the "worst movie of all time." It therefore became a cult favorite. Audiences gasped at the utter incompetence of Wise, who wrote, directed, and starred in The Room. Could he really be that bad at filmmaking? The new comedy The Disaster Artist recreates the making of the film, and answers that question with a resounding "Yes!"

The Disaster Artist stars James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogan, Josh Hutcherson, Zac Efron, Hannibal Buress, and Sharon Stone. It is scheduled for release December first. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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One Fish

Los Angeles Speed Check

Legendary former Air Force pilot Major Brian Shul reminisces about the day he flew the world's fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird across the western U.S. and listened in on air traffic control in LA. What unfolded was a classic case of male one-upmanship across the airwaves. Is it a true story? Does it really matter? (via Digg

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Lipizzans: The Dancing Horses of Vienna. They almost did not survive World War II.

We Are Living in the Coen Brothers’ Darkest Comedy.  2008's Burn After Reading strikingly resembles the bumbling plot of Trump's Russia scandal, but also captures how amorality leads to treason.

14 Netflix Hacks That Will Change the Way You Stream. Some tricks for getting the most enjoyment for your $7.99 a month.

6 Throwaway Jokes That Ended Up Predicting Huge Plot Twists. It's almost like Hollywood is searching anywhere for new ideas.

Real Men Might Get Made Fun Of. That's a small price for making the world a better place. (via Kottke)

How the Guy Who Played Jar Jar Binks Survived the Fandom Menace. Ahmed Best landed the role of a lifetime and spent years paying the price.

Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice. John Aisthorpe has been collecting pins since the Vietnam War era, and tells us the stories behind some of them.

How Many United States Have You Visited? Make your own map to show others how many states you've seen at the Maploco Visited States Generator.

Modern Scenarios in Japanese Ukiyo-e Woodblock Style by Yamada Zenjidou. (via Madam Jujujive

Doctor Faust’s handy guide to conjuring up demons.


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Monday, July 17, 2017


Clearly, He's a Winner

A group of two-year-olds are competing in the Dutch Championship walking bike race on July 8. Senn Swieters pulls out in front, giving it his all on his green walking bike, having the time of his life. He's headed straight for the finish line. The crowd cheers him on!

Or maybe not. Considering how much he cares about winning, Senn is probably avoiding the finish line because he doesn't want the event to be over. A good time was had by all. (via Mashable)

Levitating Bird

Watch the weird way this bird flies! The original video is 21 seconds long, but all the action happens in the first two seconds. What's happening is that the frame rate of the security camera synced up with the birds flapping rate. You've seen that effect in wagon wheels in movies and helicopter blades in videos. The effect makes the bird seem to just float around eerily. (via reddit)

Clever Name

This is in Birmingham, UK. (via reddit)

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Cat Carries Her Bed Upstairs

A cat in Quebec gave birth to a litter of kittens upstairs. Not long afterward, she decided that they needed her cat bed, which was downstairs. Whether it was because the bed is soft, or because it has sides to keep the kittens corralled, she knew what she wanted, and went to work to make it happen. Commenters are wondering why the humans didn't help her, but she seems to have the situation pretty well under control. Smart cat. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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The Librarian Who Took On Al-Qaeda. He never thought his jobs would require smuggling skills.

Every bride and groom who hires a DJ has a song or two, or more, or an artist, or an entire genre that they ask specifically not to be played. Those songs have been compiled in a new list, and the ones that rose to the top are perfectly understandable.

Mary Poppins Returns Looks Like Nostalgic Delight. The sequel comes out in 2018, 54 years after Mary Poppins.

The Role of Cats and Dogs in Victorian Cases of Spousal Abuse. Three cases where a heroic pet saved the day. (via Strange Company)

Ted Cruz's Democratic challenger is a small-dollars fundraising monster who won't take PAC money. Beto O’Rourke could use your help. (via Boing Boing)

A Data-Based Guide to Dealing with Lines at Disneyland. Consult the charts and makes your plans accordingly.

In Sync We Trust: Pop Music's History of Lip-Syncing (and Lying About It). Singers can get away with it, if the show is good enough. (via Metafilter)

The Trump Administration Is Quietly Cutting Funding For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs.

The secret life of urban crows. They are clever, adaptive, and won't forget who you are.

Where Do Seedless Watermelons Come From? From two parents, one of which is a genetic wonder.

Hide the Cat

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Meet the Thirteenth Doctor

Want to know who will play the 13th incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who beginning in December? Speculation has been rampant since it was announced that Peter Capaldi will be retired from the series. If you really want to know, you'll need to watch the video or highlight the following text, in consideration of those who don't want to know this soon.

Yes, we will finally see a woman in the role of The Doctor. Actress Jodie Whittaker  will appear in the Christmas special, and then take over the role in the series beginning in late 2018. Read more here. (via Metafilter)

Sunday, July 16, 2017


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What is Your Address?

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How To Live To 100

Every time you hear about someone who has lived to be 100 years old -or older- they have a story about how they did it. But each of those interviews is just one person's story. AsapSCIENCE has an overview of the science that pinpoints the specific things that may lead to longevity. However, some of the factors aren't under our control at all. And those that are might be confounded by other factors. Keep in mind also that a long life is not much of a benefit if the last decades are spent in ill health. Still, we could live a perfectly healthy life and be hit by a bus tomorrow. So we are back to the old adage: Plan your life as if you'll live forever, savor it as if today were your last day. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Yoga in the Park

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You Can't Even Text and Walk

One good thing about security cameras and dash cams is that you can find evidence to prove a point. There's no reason you can't stop and just be still for a moment while you are dealing with your phone. Or you can deal with your phone when you get where you're going. You are not that good at multitasking. (via reddit

Get Him!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

No, Thanks

Behind-The-Scenes Footage Of The Last Jedi

We have exactly five months to go until the release of Episode VIII, so it's the perfect time for Disney to release some footage from the set of The Last Jedi. Just in case we'd started to lose interest, ya know. There's no actual footage from the film here, as far as we know, but we do get a glimpse of sets, some special effects, and characters both old and new. Carrie Fisher is there, so you might want to get a hankie ready. (via Digg)

Your Kids

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A Single Life

A time machine can take any form, since they are all fictional. In the award-winning short A Single Life, a woman discovers that a vinyl record can turn back the clock on her life -or turn it forward. The moral of the story is that it's better to just take life as it is, since you don't want to relive the past, and you don't want to ruin the surprise of what's coming. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Extra Credit

Old New York

A mixture of film from the Library of Congress of New York City around the turn of the century, with a 1908 recording of Enrico Caruso performing "La donna e Mobile" added.

Caught It!

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Cat Charms Cows

Tom, the cat, and Mystery, the cow, both live at a dairy farm. You can almost imagine the conversation between them.

Mystery: Ooh, look! What an adorable cat! Aren't you just the cutest thing. Look, Bossy, have you ever seen a more beautiful cat? Look, he's licking my face! Isn't that sweet. He's so cuddly, now, aren't you, sweetheart? Come here, y'all and see this cat! I think he likes me!

Tom: Milk! Milk!

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Children's Special

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In Honor of Bastille Day

The French National Holday, la Fรชte Nationale, is today. It commemorates the fall of the monarchy and the establishment of France as a republic. It's a good time to revisit one of the more emotional scenes in the movie Casablanca, in which French patriots at Rick's Cafe American out-sing the Germans with their national anthem. 

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American Guano: Never Put It Down

11 Things You Should Know Before Going to the San Diego Comic-Con. To get the most enjoyment out of your first experience, you have to be well-prepared.

Trump reportedly wants Cheryl Stanton to lead the agency that enforces federal wage and overtime laws, holding employers accountable when they cheat workers. But records show Stanton has had her own problems paying people who work for her.

The Team That Conquered Mexico, MLB-Style. How the 1907 White Sox popularized baseball in Mexico.

5 Simple Ways to Save Thousands of Lives (Nobody Does). Some are counterintuitive, but studies say they work.

Meatballs: An Oral History. The 1979 film laid the groundwork for Stripes, Ghostbusters, and dozens of other comedy classics.

Police punch 115 lb 5'2 teen girl with a backpack after mistaking her for 170lb 5'10 black male suspect with a machete. (via reddit

How Newport, Kentucky Lost the Title of ‘Sin City.’ The investigation made national news, prompted Robert Kennedy to send in federal investigators, and revealed that Newport's organized criminal masterminds were working on a Three Stooges level.

The 5-Year Quest to Unglue the MacBook Pro’s Battery. You'll soon be able to keep the computer even after the battery goes bad.

Rebuilding the Great Wall of China. Take a photo tour of the current renovation project.

Play Ball!

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Artificial Intelligence Learns to Walk

Google's artificial intelligence entity is actually an algorithm on a graphics computer. It's colloquially called DeepMind after the company that runs it. The operators gave it three different forms and instructions to get from here to there, but didn't tell it how. The algorithm learned to walk all on its own! Sure, it's not at all graceful, but grace was not its goal. Like they say, if it looks stupid and it works, it's not stupid. But it is fun to watch, like a Looney Tunes cartoon or the game QWOP.

The humanoid form is the funniest. It had arms but no idea what to do with them, since they don't help it get from here to there. Still, you have to give props to a machine that can learn that well. Next, it will learn all our jobs. (via Metafilter)

Thursday, July 13, 2017


How to Avoid Sunburns

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Watch This Earth Mover Dance

Who knew a piece of heavy equipment -in this case, a 37,000 pound Foton Lovol Wheel Loader- could balance on its two front wheels, bounce, and shake its rear end? This performance of the rig dancing with a chorus line happened at a trade show in China. While prospective buyers probably didn't want one to dance, they were surely impressed with its abilities. (via Sploid)

A World Without Net Neutrality

Here's what could happen is we lose net neutrality, although I would guess that the prices would be higher. This leaves out the back end, in that websites like Neatorama (and mine) would not be able to negotiate a ($$$) deal to get onto one of those tiers. Casual websites would go completely out of business, and you'll pay through the nose for others. The money would not go to the websites, either, but to the providers. They should be classified as a utility. What can you do? Let your voice be heard.  (via reddit)

You Can Still Have Babies After 35

Once upon a time, babies just came with marriage, as a natural effect of sexual relations. Today, we know how to prevent that, so that becoming a parent can be a deliberate choice instead of just something that happens. But no one should feel pressured into having a baby before they feel ready for the responsibility. Women do have to deal with the biological fertility window, but that window isn't as small as some would have you believe.

In this clip from Adam Ruins Everything at College Humor, we get the lowdown on the research that started that fear of infertility by 35. (via Tastefully Offensive

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"My Name is Forrest Gump": The Forrest Gump Story. The movie no one thought would work ended up as a classic.

The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams.

10 Things From Around the World With the Names of U.S. States.

B3ta's current image challenge is called Product Horror, in which the goal is to combine a horror film with an advertisement for some other product. Some of the images may be NSFW. 

A Few Things to Know About American Sign Language. It takes more than just your hands to get your message across.

The internet is pulling for a couple who have been Tinder chatting for three years. Even though they live on the same campus, they've yet to meet.

The National Park That Was Stolen to Death. Find out why you've never heard of Fossil Cycad National Monument.

The Strange and Righteous History of the Equals Sign. Robert Recorde opened the door for math to have its own language, which is understood by people all over the world.

Scientists Discover the Secret Behind Incredible Ant Towers. They actually fed radioactive iodine to some of the ants in order to track them by X-ray.

80-Person Human Chain Rescues Ten from Riptide. Now that's what you call teamwork!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Beautiful Pole

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Over-the-top TV News Entrance

The Portuguese TV network SIC celebrated their 25th anniversary by staging an epic opening for their July 7 newscast. Newscaster Bento Rodrigues is in the water and the streets of Aveiro with multiple cameras going for this live shot. Yet he never hesitates, never stops talking as he makes his way to the outdoor news set. Maybe someone who knows Portuguese could let us know what he's saying. The YouTube auto-translate feature is really no help. (via Digg)


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Hilarious Science Fails

It's wonderful how amateur science experiments are recorded on video these days, so we all can enjoy the mayhem when things go wrong. This video is a compilation of science experiments that did not go exactly as planned, from Fail Army. The one that made me laugh the hardest is at 4:20, and did not involve a failed experiment, just a failed experimenter. That said, many of these experiments worked exactly as expected, but only went wrong because of inadequate precautions. When you're dealing with potentially explosive materials, stand back and wear your safety goggles. Remember, propulsion does not automatically include aim. And don't try this at home, like many of these people did. (via Tastefully Offensive)

City Workers

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Honking, Without and With a Rifle. Scientific studies on road rage.

Most Republicans now say that higher education has a negative effect on America. That's a startling change from 2015. 

The Devastation of Black Wall Street. The prosperous black district of Greenwood in Tulsa was burned to the ground in 1921.

I Found Seven Skeletons in My Dining Room in 1874. No wonder no one could sleep in that part of the house.  (via Strange Company)

A Violent 15th-Century Freshman Hazing Ritual Involving Boar Tusks and Razors. 

The original Planet Of The Apes series became more daring from movie to movie. It wasn't easy to improve on the near-perfect original story.

This Change to Google Maps Is a Win for Americans with Disabilities. Android users can contribute to accessibility information.

What if Hollywood movies were created by artificial intelligence? You can see what a neural might come up with, with the AI Movie Poster Generator.

Our enduring obsession with Amelia Earhart's mysterious disappearance. Maybe it's the human conceit that we should be able to figure out everything.

Selling Arms to Alien Arthropods

When your occupation is selling deadly weapons in bulk, you can end up dealing with some pretty shady characters. Do you trust your customers? Maybe, maybe not, but business is business. See, when you have an ulterior motive, you can't assume that the people, or things, you are dealing with don't also have their own ulterior motives. Good Business is a science fiction short that's shorter than the video indicates, by Ray Sullivan. (via Boing Boing)