Sunday, March 18, 2018

Walk Away

The James Gang from 1971. I had a crush on a bass player, and this was one of the few songs he sang for his band when I was in high school. I eventually married him.  

Tweet of the Day

Saturday, March 17, 2018


Candid Camera Pranks Mr. Rogers

An entire generation of American children know and love Fred Rogers through his TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Over the years, many were delighted to find out that Rogers was never playing a character, that he was exactly the same off camera. Even when Candid Camera tried to get a rise out of him. He didn't react the way they expected. It seems like a lame prank, but this was recorded before smart phones and WiFi were everywhere, when many travelers would look forward to watching TV in their hotel rooms. But not Rogers! He let the small things go, and even when he was tired he never missed an opportunity to treat people kindly and make them feel good. (via reddit)

The Party Outside

(via Fark)

A Surgical Resident Breaks Down 49 Medical Scenes From Film & TV

The things we see in movies and TV shows are way different from real life, usually for dramatic purposes. Sure, if life were always dramatic, we wouldn't need the escape of entertainment. Then there's the stuff we really don't know much about, and since we only see it on TV, we don't know how accurate it is or isn't. Surgeon Annie Onishi of Columbia University tells us how real life surgery differs from the TV version. Onishi covers an awful lot of medical subjects you've seen in movies and TV. A few scenes may be too graphic if you're the least bit squeamish about medical procedures. It's nice to know that real-life surgery is in the hands of knowledgeable and non-dramatic people. (via Laughing Squid

St. Patricks Day Cats

(via Fark)

The History of the CBS Eye Logo

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CBS eye in 2001, Charles Osgood did this report on the creation of the famous logo. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day

Friday, March 16, 2018

Big Beetle

This Evil Chemical Reacts with Nearly Anything

It's a little strange to hear a chemist refer to a compound as "angry" or "vicious," much less "evil." But after seeing how manganese heptoxide reacts to everything, I can see that the adjective "volatile" doesn't quite do the job. Wikipedia says that manganese heptoxide is "more often discussed than intentionally prepared." YouTuber styropyro (Drake Anthony) mixes some up to show us why. This chemical hates everything. Even heat. Well, except for glass or ceramic, since otherwise you wouldn't have a container to make it in. No wonder he calls it a "demon molecule"! (via Digg)

Update: The original video is gone, since styropyro got suspended from YouTube for two weeks. Here's an older video in its place.

Visual Pun

(via reddit)

Fox News Then and Now

Fair and balanced, indeed.


Simon's Cat in The Tree

Simon's Cat is stuck way up in a tree and is afraid to come down! So, like any good cat owner, Simon goes up to get him, but finds it's pretty scary up there. Simon Tofield says the latest Simon's Cat cartoon is based on a true story.

Miss Cellania's Links

The Lincoln Highway. The first nationwide road is still visible in places.

Neo-Nazi Group Implodes Over Love Triangle Turned Trailer Brawl. You can't make this stuff up; I checked plenty of other sources. (via reddit)

How St. Patrick's Day Works. Learn the origins and customs of the holiday.

NASA Twins Study Verifies Long-Term Health Effects of Space Travel. We now have more to consider before we send people to Mars.

Stephen Hawking's final words to the internet: robots aren't the problem, capitalism is.

15 Things You Should Know About Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Healthcare in US costs 2x as much as other rich nations. That doesn't mean it's better.

13 Little Bedroom Hacks That Will Actually Help You Get More Sleep. Even if you're not an insomniac, a better night's rest will improve your mood and performance.

The Long Linguistic Journey to "Dagnabbit." It's a taboo deformation, which is also how we got the words "bear' and "wolf."

All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray. The movie could have been more than three hours long.

Basement Cat's Plans

(via Fark)

Mick Jagger at 15

He was referred to as "Michael" during this demonstration of proper footwear. It was his first TV appearance. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day