Monday, February 19, 2018

Strange

Miss Cellania's Links

The Uber Tuber. The distinguished history of the potato.

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care. His only reaction to anything is how it affects him personally.

Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

The Well-Dressed Suffragist. A true capitalist can see the value in any political movement if there is enough money to be made from it. (via Strange Company)

What We're Still Not Teaching Kids About Consent.

How a urine test after back surgery triggered a $17,800 bill.

Waking a sleeping rabbit with an air horn. (via reddit)

The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are. (via Metafilter

The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

Vacuum

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The Cabin



If you love the idea of the wilderness, enjoy thissong from Ylvis.

Tweet of the Day


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Meanwhile, at the Olympics



George

Beginner vs. Winner



The German TV show Beginner gegen Gewinner (Beginner vs. Winner) pairs an amateur with a professional in athletic competition. The pro must perform with some kind of handicap. In this case, professional long jumper Alyn Camara is wearing a T-rex costume. The participants are taking this way too seriously, but it's all worth it to see the T-rex bounding down the ramp to make his jump. Also see a women's footrace and men's table tennis. (via reddit)

Wasting Time

(via reddit)

Tall Man Goes to the Movies



I've been going to the theater more often now that I can buy a $5 senior ticket, but Pillsbury was confronted with buying $12 tickets for Black Panther Friday night. What to do? He and a friend decided to try the old 2-for-1 deal by impersonating a tall man in a trench coat. The ticket seller didn't buy it, but the hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets was worth the effort. You can see a longer video here, but you'll have to put it in full-screen mode to see it. (via The Daily Dot)

Whoosh

(via Buzzfeed)

Turning a Car Into a Computer Mouse



For her latest weird tech project, Simone Giertz teamed up with William Osman to modify her tiny electric car, Cheese Louise. They turned it into a computer mouse. The aim is to draw a picture on a computer screen by driving the car. What you might need to know is that Giertz only recently got her driver's license, and the car is around 30 years old. So the picture isn't all that much, but the project was a success and the video is entertaining. Osman's video about the project goes into more detail about how they did it, and it's funny, too, but longer. 



The story of how Giertz came to own such a ridiculous car is here. (via The Awesomer)

Are You A Cat?

(via Fark)

42,000 Match Sphere Gets Lit



I've actually thought about the curves and a possible sphere when playing with matches. But it's been long time since I've played with matches, and I never had enough free time to amass this many matches and put this experiment into action. YouTuber All Is Art did it
What happens when you start gluing matches together? Because the heads are slightly wider than the wooden bodies, they begin to form a sphere. This was an experiment in how many matches it would take to get all the way around to make a perfect globe. After months of gluing and gluing and gluing we made it to the other side.
The answer is 42,000, give or take a few matches. What do you do with this sphere afterward? Light it up, of course! Don't let the length of this video deter you- that all happens in the first three minutes. Then we get to see it from all angles, then in slow motion. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tweet of the Day


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

That's What You Get

Dancing Cougar



How do you make a dance team's routine much cooler? Put a tented dancer in an animal costume! We learned that watching the cheerleader wearing a T-rex costume for Halloween. So watch the BYU Cougarettes get upstaged by the mascot Cosmo Cougar at a football game last fall. They're all excellent dancers, but who can resist a dancing wild cat in football uniform? (via reddit)

Where Do You Draw the Line?

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Animal Gaits



Four-legged animals have six different ways of walking, our at least most of them do, that are illustrated in this animation. I was surprised to see how a dog uses his left and right legs together in both front and back in the slower gaits. I had assumed that they usually worked the opposite way, as in the trot. There are exceptions, like my three-legged dog who just does the best she can, and my neighbor's dog who doesn't walk at all as far as I can tell -he just sits on the porch. (via Boing Boing)

It's About Time



(via BroBible)