Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Emotional Wellness

The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart



Tom Scott has ended his tour of America and is back in Europe, finding places with interesting stories to tell us about. The picturesque town of Staufen, Germany, is one such place. A geothermal drilling operation in 2007 has caused the ground to swell up under the downtown area, and the buildings are cracking. When the foundation underneath has moved, there's not a lot you can do for the buildings on top. Those buildings stood firm for hundreds of years, but in the last ten, they are crumbling. The problem is explained in depth in this article from the journal Geothermal Energy. (via reddit)

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The First Detective. Sherlock Holmes, Jean Valjean, and the FBI can all trace their roots back to one Frenchman who turned a life of crime into a life of fighting crime.

Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Market. This is not a repeat of the 2015 story.

How many holes does a straw have?

America's private health-care is rationed, but socialized medicine is luxury medicine.

Colin J. Carlson‏ is a biologist, but he's not an expert on foxes. Still, he decided to make a list of foxes and rate them with letter grades for their "weirdness" in a Twitter thread. (via Metafilter)

Things People Should, But Don't, Tell You About Having Kids.

Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court. Many contain final and lasting insults. (via Strange Company)

Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata. (via Swiss Miss)

The Twisting History of Blood on Film. (via Digg)

Meet Doug Jones, One Of The Biggest Movie Stars You’ve Probably Never Seen. That's because he's almost always buried under a layer of latex and prosthetics as an alien, a monster, or a ghost. (via Metafilter)

Anticipation

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Builder has Truss Issues



Ken is going to show us how to set a truss roof when you are by yourself. What could possibly go wrong? Well, first off, he's setting trusses alone. If there was any day to call your idiot brother-in-law, this would be the day, if just to have someone available to call the paramedics. Also, he's not wearing a hard hat, and he turned his back on the unsecured truss.

Luckily, the paramedics were not needed in this incident -or else the video would not have been uploaded. And the garage was eventually completed, and not by one man alone. (via Boing Boing)

Monday, November 20, 2017

I Would LIke to Know More

Weightless: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier



Jean-Baptiste Chandelier is a professional paraglider and videographer. This video shows him flying in places one shouldn't go and performing stunts one shouldn't attempt -at least without extensive training, legal permits, a safety crew, and some prudent Photoshoppery. It's a beautiful video, and will make you feel uplifted for a while. And in case you missed the many ad placements, Chandelier is sponsored by Adidas. The song is "My Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit. (via reddit)

The Glass

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A Wrinkle in Time Official US Trailer



The book changed my life when I was about ten years old. The movie is coming in March. I hope it's as good as it looks in this trailer. Still wouldn't be as good as my ten-year-old imagination.

Another!

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Emergence – How Stupid Things Become Smart Together



A bunch of stupid things get together and do smart things. This seems impossible, but you are familiar with "the whole is more than the sum of its parts." Your brain is made up of cells that don't have much value alone, but together they make a brain that can think.

A video from Kurzgesagt looks at how many systems work this way. It's a bit mind blowing, thinking about how atoms, cells, ant colonies, and human societies all display emergence -the complicated systems made up of simple parts. (via Kottke)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Man with 400 Albums. R. Stevie Moore is a puzzling, yet long-lasting, music star.

Thanks for Nothing. A collection of links about the tax bill now in Congress. 

Norway’s Medieval Wooden Churches Look Plucked From a Fairy Tale.

True Kilts: Debunking the Myths About Highlanders and Clan Tartans. You might be surprised to find out how recent registered family tartans are. 

Women Waiting Tables Get Harassed Constantly, And We Know How To Stop It. 

The Long Journey to Make Pixar's Dia de los Muertos Movie CocoCoco opens November 22 nationwide.

Why the Nazi Party Loved Decaf Coffee.

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey, and other recipes for stoned Millennials. (via Cracked)

Married Young: The Fight Over Child Marriage in America. (via Nag on the Lake)

New York's Holiday Nostalgia Trains. (via Metafilter)

Shadow of a Hero

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Slippery Stairs



In case you just can't wait for the Winter Games because you love watching people slip and fall, here's a Japanese game show that will fulfill that desire. Slippery Stairs takes the agony of maneuvering a world covered with ice and puts it relatively safely on TV. Contestants must climb a series of stairs that are not only lubricated, but slightly angled. At least they are wearing helmets.

The competition starts out looking like a normal, albeit slow, race, but quickly escalates into a human demolition derby. At about three minutes in, it begins to resemble bowling, with these guys as the pins. See, it doesn't matter that you're ahead of the pack when one false move can send you back to the beginning. The best you can do when that happens is to take everyone else with you. And even if you make it to the top, you will look ridiculous doing it. (via reddit)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Soup du Jour

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Quick Dessert

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The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies



We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet the British take it very seriously. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, and a process for transferring the crown to Prince Charles. A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never go out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. (via Mental Floss)

Slow News Day

From around a hundred years ago. (via Buzzfeed)

A New Thanksgiving Song



Chance the Rapper was on Saturday Night Live last night. He wasn't the musical guest this time -Eminem was. Chance was the guest host, but he still managed to give a musical performance during his opening monologue. It's a modern Thanksgiving song that tells it like it is, about the relatives you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving (for a reason). 


Missing

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I Will Derive!



Matthew took a class in Calculus and Physics about ten years ago, and made this song as a class project. It became a math nerd's anthem. (via reddit)

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

They Tried

C-3PO and the Forest of Doom



This weird LEGO stop-motion video portrays the Ewoks sacrificing C-3PO in a religious ceremony. But it's not Return of the Jedi, it's actually that horrifying scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, with original audio. It's altogether pretty creepy.

What's the point? You'll see that this story explains one of those things that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because there is no detail in the Star Wars universe too small to be examined and made into a fan film. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Yes

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Cockatiel Performs Medley of Queen Songs



Something gives me the idea that whoever owns this cockatiel is a Queen fan. MAY-cyan sits on the arm of a Freddie mercury figurine while whistling "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Gaga." YouTuber MrsStr1 has a couple of other videos of MAY-cyan singing Queen songs in his channel. We'll have to check in again to see if he learns to whistle "Bohemian Rhapsody." (via Laughing Squid)

Beware

Rey and Kylo …and Luke



The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer confirms what many fans thought about the first trailer: Rey is not asking Kylo Ren for help. Those two closeups were obviously blocked and filtered to make them seem part of the same scene, but we all know her question was directed to Luke. The same question has a different lighting in this trailer. 

The repetition of the "Who are you?" from The Force Awakens clues us in that the ultimate reveal in episode nine will be Rey's background. They just can't have a completely unrelated hero appear out of nowhere and save the day. (via The Mary Sue)


Beware: Earworm Coming

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Black Girl ln a Big Dress



Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan. This is the first episode.
You can see all the episodes (so far) of Black Girl in a Big Dress on one page at the show's website, or at YouTube. (via Metafilter)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cause and Effect

Justice League B-Team



Justice League is in theaters nationwide, and bound to be a blockbuster whether it's any good or not. But what happens if Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, or Cyborg aren't available to save the world? Batman must call up the benchwarmers. The heroes that didn't quite make the cut. The B-team superheroes, as it were. In other words, superheroes whose movies didn't make blockbuster status. There are plenty of them in this video from Funny or Die. (via Tastefully Offensive)

ATM Fees

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Atlas Robot Practices for the Olympics



Boston Dynamics has been working on their Atlas humanoid robot, fine-tuning its balance and speed. The results are approaching uncanny valley territory.

This would be terrifying if Boston Dynamics was still working for DARPA to develop military robots. Or even Google, which is determined to take over the world. But the company was sold to SoftBank, a Japanese corporation. No wonder they taught Atlas to dance. Next, the robot will be serving tea in restaurants and keeping grandma company in the nursing home. (via reddit)

A Guide to Pumpkin Pie



This video starts out showing you how to catch a wild pumpkin, so you know what direction it's going. You will also learn how to use recycled crust and mourn the existence of pre-combined "pumpkin pie spice." The entire video from You Suck at Cooking is a respite from the anxiety of planning and executing a Thanksgiving feast.  

Some of the tips here are legit, while others are not. You must figure that out yourself. And stay for the little song at the end. Honestly, pumpkin pie may seem complicated, but it's as simple as following the instruction on the can of pumpkin. Don't even think about cooking a pumpkin yourself- I've done that, and it's not worth the effort. (via Mashable)


Miss Cellania's Links

The Tricky Origins of Turkey Day. How the fall holiday wires got crossed.

Why Are Your Wages So Low? Because the rate of exploitation is growing.

Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are thick as thieves, this one is the biggie and it comes with a ton of history. (Thanks, Walter!)

Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

Taking the abortion debate down to its elemental level

Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama. (via Kottke)

9 Vintage Thanksgiving Side Dishes We Shouldn’t Bring Back.


His Chair

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Simon's Cat in DIY



In the latest Simon's Cat cartoon, the cat once again displays typical cat behavior that manages to ruin Simon's day. He's simply trying to install a new shelf on the wall. The cat knows that anything new is for sits. Especially elevated things. And as always, the cat gets his way in the end. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ice

(via Bad Menu)

The Pips (without Gladys Knight)



In 1977, The Richard Pryor Show featured music from The Pips, but not Gladys Knight. I don't know who had the idea, but someone mentioned a contractual dispute, and many remember this bit as the funniest thing on TV. The Pips had a ton of talent, but they rarely ever got to shine. (via TYWKIWDBI)  

On another note, you might wonder how "TYWKIWDBI" is pronounced. There's an explanation at the top of the blog, but I always pronounce it "Minnesotastan." I'd never be able to spell it if I didn't know it stands for Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently.

Christmas Decorations Completed

When is the right time to switch from Halloween decorations to Christmas decorations? In a perfect world, the Halloween stuff would come down on November 1, and Christmas decorations would go up sometime during Thanksgiving weekend. Redditor savage_irony did the changeover in one fell swoop, and he acts like he's both exhausted and proud of himself. I like the finished product, though. (via reddit)

The Appointment

Oh My!



Melodysheep remixed sounds from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to make a modern musical movie montage. Cool. (via Tastefully Offensive


Miss Cellania's Links

Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

Every State, Ranked by Its Food.  (via Digg)

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (via Metafilter)

15 Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters (And How to Avoid Them). We learn from our mistakes, but it's less painful to learn from other people's mistakes.

How far into the horrific past will 2017 regress

The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

Deal

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Darth Vader Mask Fail



After Obi-Wan left the mortality wounded Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar, he was rescued and fitted with new limbs, a new breathing apparatus, and a new voice. But what if the mask that gave him James Earl Jones' voice shorted out and Darth Vader was left to use his original voice? Anakin's voice was as clueless and whiny as he was.  

Auralnauts imagined exactly this malfunction. The result shows how much gravitas Jones' voice added to the Star Wars saga, and how Darth Vader would come across otherwise. David Prowse was upset that his voice was replaced with Jones', but we all know it was the right choice. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Revised Curriculum

Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?



Tom Scott tries out the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator. It's a cool machine, a pod that moves while showing you a virtual reality world. The simulator puts you, the driver, in a variety of situations to test how well you control the vehicle. The scientists who operate the simulator test drivers who text, talk on a phone, eat, and are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Scott was interested in testing a behavior he indulges in often- talking to a camera while driving. The result? He miss seeing things that he never would have realized in a real driving situation -like signs. Even when you keep your eyes on the road, if you are more busy thinking about anything else besides driving, that could happen to you. (via Digg)


Bumper Sticker

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The guy who designed these released it into the public domain. Here's the story. You can buy them here (and other places). 

How I Trained My Cats



People who watch any video from Jun's Kitchen are fascinated by the cats Haku and Nagi who watch Jun Yoshizuki making tasty treats. They sit calmly and never try to interfere or ask for a bite! Jun explains how he treats the cats so that they behave so well. Haku and Nagi are very cooperative, but that doesn't apply to Poki, the world's most annoying cat. Maybe he'll come around as he matures. (via Laughing Squid)

Limited Edition

(via Cracked)

American Things Europeans Find Weird



We Americans know that the rest of the world sees us as rich, obese, and armed. But there are quite a few other aspects of life that we take for granted but seem weird to Europeans. While food and gas are relatively cheap in the US, our healthcare and education are frighteningly expensive to Europeans. Guess what- they are frighteningly expensive to us, too. And there are a lot more things that make Americans exceptional.

Of course, this is just a general overview and does contain some stereotypes that aren't true (for example, Brits actually have better teeth than Americans). And they didn't even touch on the weird way Americans wear shoes inside the house, use the Imperial system of measurements, and play football. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Tears Research. A few odd studies about lachrymal glands -human and animal.

The GOP Has Done the Impossible: Make Tax Cuts Unpopular. The only people left that want the current bill are millionaire political donors. (via Boing Boing)

One Night in the Emergency Department. On the evening of October 1, Dr. Kevin Menes and his staff treated 215 victims of gunshot wounds in Las Vegas.  (via Metafilter)

The German Who Made John Gotti the Most Powerful Mobster in New York. Hitman Joe Watts parlayed his insider knowledge into both money and respect.

Why Boaty McBoatface is the Meme that Just Won’t Die. The good news is that it may mean the end of naming polls.

The False Cheer of Office Parties Can’t Cure the Loneliness Epidemic. In other words, don't rely on your workplace for long-lasting friendships.

Inside Connecticut’s Secret Museum of Retro-Future Oddities. The Space Age Museum has aliens, robots, rockets, and spaceships that you'll only see online, as the museum is not open to the public.

American Employers's Mindless Obsession with College Degrees. Requiring one is a shortcut for eliminating job candidates more than a necessary career qualification.

Last year, Tye Lombardi made a Chestburster Turkey for Thanksgiving, and was told to never do that again. She said okay, and then developed a recipe for Facehugger Feast Roasted Chicken. Behold the horror. 

Why a tour guide at Disney World decided to become a character instead. Warning: grab a hankie. (via Metafilter

Good Dog

A Story About Spirit Airlines



Spirit is one of the ultra-cheap airlines that will take you somewhere for a really low price, as long as you don't make any changes, don't take any luggage, and don't expect legroom or amenities. Comedian Brent Pella https://www.facebook.com/BrentPella told about his experience with Spirit Airlines in a show and the audio was later animated to make this video.

This was posted to reddit, where Europeans said it couldn't be as bad as Ryanair. Ryanair is world famous for their bare bones flight service and the crew's surprise at every successful landing.

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Click on the date stamp to see plenty of good boys in the comments.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Proving His Point

What To Do If Your Parachute Fails



Austin McConnell tells you very quickly what you should do if your parachute fails, apparently because you Googled this video when it happened. Yeah, it would have been better if you paid attention before you jumped out of the plane, but whatever. Your chances of survival are slim, but not zero, so you may as well do what you can to raise those odds on your way down. If you survive the impact, there's plenty more to do to keep from dying. Good luck. (via Rusty Blazenhoff)


The Idiot's Guide to Japanese Squat Toilets



Chef Jun Yoshizuki and his wife Rachel give us westerners some tips about confronting squat toilets, which are found all over Asia. Watch as Rachel suffers from STSD- Squat Toilet Stress Disorder. This does not have to be you! A little knowledge ahead of time will help you avoid falling in, losing your phone and money in the toilet, peeing all over the floor, or injuring yourself.

Learning to squat properly is good for your health, too, and will undo a lot of the damage to our bodies from sitting all day. With a little practice, we'll all be able to do away with chairs altogether (yeah, right). (via Viral Viral Videos)

Nancy

Why Incompetent People Think They're Amazing



You know the basics of the Dunning-Kruger effect: incompetent people don't recognize how incompetent they are because …they're incompetent. That's the simplified version. David Dunning, one of the scientists the effect is named for, designed a TED-Ed lesson that goes a little deeper into the subject.

People as a whole are very bad at evaluating their own skills and expertise in one area or another due to lack of knowledge. Even experts have a hard time evaluating their relative expertise because, while they may know their own subject well, they have a knowledge gap in evaluating others for comparison. The Dunning-Kruger effect doesn't have to hold us back, but overcoming it requires an open mind and at least some humility. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

The History of American Spy Agencies. There are more of them than you thought.

Love’s Road Home. Sam and Ashley's path to happiness had plenty of obstacles, and luckily, a little help.

The assault on voting rights is getting messy.
5 Famous News Stories You Didn't Know Had Insane Epilogues. No, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not included.

Spain on the Edge. Sheer cliffs don't stop the Spanish from erecting beautiful buildings.

The Kyshtym Disaster: The Largest Nuclear Disaster You've Never Heard Of. The highly-populated Soviet town that did not exist became the most contaminated place on earth.

11 Things You Might Not Know About the Marine Corps.

Cows Go Moo.

A sociologist explains why wealthy women are doomed to be miserable. I'm so glad I escaped that fate.

Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles. (via Boing Boing)

Adblock 1.0

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The Secret Behind "So Bad It's Good" Movies



Occasionally we watch a movie that we regret spending our time on. That's a "bad" movie, often boring, and one we'll forget. Then we see something that makes you wonder how it ever got made. Along the way we start laughing because the poor acting, incomprehensible script, implausible premise, or a combination of those things are so over-the-top. These are the "so-bad-its-good" movies.

Jack Nugent of Now You See It explains how really great movies and so-bad-its-good movies have something in common. It's just that the great movies do it on purpose (and do it well), and the so-bad-its-good movies stumble upon it by accident. The result is that there are more clips from great movies in this video than awful movies. And the lesson is that whether a movie is good or bad is less important than whether the movie is entertaining. (via Tastefully Offensive)  

Tweet of the Day



The top comment is "What's its name?" and Sir David responded, "Ian." (via Swiss Miss)

Monday, November 13, 2017

No, Grandma!

USA and Canada

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Cat Greeting




Who says cats can't speak English? Jason Ybarbo comes home from work and says hello to his cat. Recently, the cat started saying hello back to him. It's no Don Piano, but it is certainly a human greeting. It will be time to panic when he comes home and the cat asks why he's so late. (via reddit)


Miss Cellania's Links

Funny Animal Names.

Pre-Trump vs. Post-Trump: How Americans Feel Now.

When The Photographer Asks You to Look Seductive… 

The Long, Strange History of Dieting Fads. We're always looking for an easier way to shed extra weight.

Is a Cat a Liquid? A 2017 Ig Nobel Prize winner explains his work.

A Universal Travel Tip to Get to Know Any New City. Look for the most elaborate sit-down breakfast.

Hedonist Hollywood’s Lost Garden of Allah. Scandalous behavior in the early film industry found a place to happen behind walls and away from the press, fans, and families.

The Truth About Medieval Toilet Habits. People tried all kinds of ways to dispose of their household sewage.

How Corporations and the Wealthy Avoid Taxes (and How to Stop Them).

The Traveling Buddha. Taken as a Vietnam War souvenir, the statue went home 48 years later.

My Name is Cat

This is in reference to a meme about a cow. (via Fark)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hooda Thunkit?

Out

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Oxford Comma

Miniature Food Critic



Everyone's a critic, and every parent has had to deal with children who have a problem with what you serve them to eat. Imagine how harsh they would be with a adult's vocabulary combined with their immature social filter! Well, you don't have to imagine, because that's exactly what this video is. Or else this little girl has been watching too much Gordon Ramsay. 

YouTuber Woodsie employs the Face Swap Live iPhone app to make videos of his daughters. That way, he gets to play all the parts. Even so, the finished product is indicative of how they feel about Dad's cooking. See more of Woodsie's videos that use this same technique. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Outside

My cat does the same with the rain bucket I use for watering plants. (via Fark)

Buried in Bunnies



Bunny Island in Japan is where you can cavort with as many free-roaming rabbits as you want to. This guy made the mistake of getting down on their level.

Tweet of the Day


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vegetarians

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Munchkin Kitten Grows Up



Time for a cuteness break! Spend a few minutes watching Milo the munchkin cat go from a fluffy kitten to a fluffy adult cat. This video was compiled from five months of recording. Yeah, he's a young adult now, but he still looks like a kitten. You can see more of Milo at his Instagram page.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

Hand Dryer

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Face Transplant Recipient Meets Donor's Widow



Imagine the emotions you'd experience if you had a chance to see your deceased spouse's face on someone else. That's what happened to Lillian Ross. Her husband, Calen "Rudy" Ross, died last year, and was a designated organ donor. The staff at the Mayo Clinic approached Lillian about using Rudy's face for a patient who was awaiting a face transplant. The clinic team had been practicing for their first face transplant for more than three years. Andrew Sandness received a new face, including facial bones and teeth from Rudy, after ten years of living with profound disfigurement. The surgery required nine surgeons, a crew of 40 medical professionals, and 56 hours. After months of recovery and therapy, Sandness was able to greet Lillian Ross and express his appreciation.  

The not-so-warm-and-fuzzy side of the story is that both men were victims of suicide. Ross left Lillian a pregnant, 19-year-old widow. Sandness, on the other hand, got a second chance at life twice. Five other people also received various organs from Ross. (via Laughing Squid)

Denied

Improvising in the Style of Different Classical Composers



Nahre Sol shows us how the styles of classical composers vary from each other. The contrast is made clearer as she uses the same song for each: "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Some are so stylized that it's hard to hear the original melody, but you get the idea. Those who are intimately familiar with these composers will laugh in places. The rest of us will instantly recognize our favorite composer, whoever it is. The annotations help a lot.  (via Metafilter)

Thank a Vet

Because it's Veterans Day. Not veterinarians day. (via reddit)

The Red Spectre



A 1907 film from the groundbreaking French director George Méliès. Here's a review found at IMDb.
The first decade of the twentieth century saw the production of dozens of brief "trick films" which pushed the boundaries of the new medium, and France seemed to be the capital of this activity. Georges Méliès is the best known creator of these films, but THE RED SPECTRE, which was produced at the Pathé Studio by Méliès' fellow pioneer Ferdinand Zecca, is perhaps the most bizarre and fascinating of them all-- or at least, allowing for the fact that many of these films are lost, it is certainly among the very best of the survivors. It is better seen than described, genuinely dreamlike in its images and transitions, and deeply strange, but deeply satisfying as well. The movie lasts only about 8 or 9 minutes, but when it's over you feel as if you've been permitted to visit another world. When THE RED SPECTRE was first shown the original black & white footage was hand-colored to produce a dazzling effect, and happily, colored prints survive today, and have been preserved
(via Everlasting Blort)

Friday, November 10, 2017

I'm Happy!

Man on the Toilet

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Paddington & The Christmas Visitor



Paddington Bear saves Christmas without even realizing it. His clueless Christmas caper makes him a hero, but he still has marmalade on his mind. While the John Lewis Christmas ad is designed to touch your heart, the Marks & Spencer Christmas ad is designed to make you laugh -and send you to the theater to watch the new Paddington bear movie. Oh yeah, they want you to shop at Marks & Spencer, too. Somehow, I just can't imagine people in the UK watching Christmas ads from the US as entertainment. (via Metafilter)

John Lewis Christmas Ad 2017



Let the Christmas advertising season begin! The John Lewis Christmas ad campaign has started. This year's theme is the monster under the bed. Moz the Monster is not only scary, but annoying, too, because he snores, farts, and disrupts a little boy's sleep. But this is a John Lewis ad, so it can't be scary. The kid finds that when you look for the good in others, even a monster can be a friend. Knowing that will not spoil the twist at the end. The ad was directed by Michel Gondry. (via Metafilter)

Miss Cellania's Links

Talk of the Times. How slang terms of the past became today's everyday English.

You Can Now Buy Ranch Dressing by the Keg. Or even a ranch dressing fountain for your holiday party.

How to Make an Amazing 9 Layer Density Tower. Stacking liquids is a sure way to impress your family and friends.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are Back! See the 40 finalists showing nature at its derpiest. (via Digg)

I Was A Contestant On The Worst Reality Show Ever. Joe Millionaire was a prank show that could never be recreated.

A Rare Carved Stone That Could Change Art History. The tiny Pylos Combat Agate shows a level of sophistication not previously seen that long ago.

My Gig Economy Nightmare. There's no safety net when a side hustle is your only income.

Cats Protect Newborns From Asthma.  (via reddit)

Piano Cat

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