Friday, September 22, 2017

Miss Cellania's Links

The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

The Madness of Donald Trump. Matt Taibbi for Rolling Stone.

The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

Cringe-worthy Twitter story about a plumber.

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World. 

Leather, Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, at least in the Northern Hemisphere.








Me Too!

(via The Chive)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Greace

(via Bad Menu)

The Magic of Making Marbles



I honestly doubt they make all marbles like this. I picture a series of robots doing it dozen at a time. But watching a glassblower make marbles with swirls of color inside is really neat. (via The Kid Should See This


Shakespeare Quote of the Day

(via reddit)

A Timely Tweet



It's an annual event.



(via Metafilter)

Relax and Pet Your Dog



Paul Rugg, who writes and does voiceovers for cartoons (he worked on Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, among other shows) tells us how he relaxes at home with his beloved dog. Truly a man's best friend. (via reddit)

In Their Natural Habitat

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Miss Cellania's Links

The Forgotten Storm. The Tri-State Tornado of 1925 was the deadliest tornado in US history.

Even Business Leaders Are Realizing Health Insurance Companies Serve No Purpose. They know it's time for single-payer. (via Boing Boing)

Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out the last three years.

Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly. (via Digg)

23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

In the wake of the housing crisis, a new breed of real estate investor is destroying America's cities

New Bed

(via Fark)

Fun with Mudskippers




Mudskippers are some really strange animals. They are amphibious fish, which is not a new division of taxonomy; it just means they are fish that can spend time out of the water. Mudskippers can breathe through their skin, and they have some strange mating habits, too. This video from the BBC explains. It gets really good at about a minute in, so make sure you don't have any liquid in your mouth when they start to dance. They sometimes get into shouting matches with each other, too, as you can see here. (via reddit)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Police Blotter

Blind Cat Loves Music




Sarper Duman is a Turkish musician and a cat lover -he feeds the stray cats of Istanbul and has taken eleven of them in to his home. One of his fans sent him this cute video of a blind cat enjoying Duman's music.
"This has been the most touching message i've ever recieved. This beautiful blind cat's name is Namık. They say he acts that way whenever he is shown my videos. It's so impressive for me... Always be happy Namık !"
Aww! We don't know whether Namik is hugging the phone out of affection for the music, or if he just wants to listen to it closer. The effect is the same. Here's a bonus video of Duman with one of his own cats.



(via Boing Boing)



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


Miss Cellania's Links

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

(via Fark)

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.