Sunday, September 24, 2017

Temporary

Clogging in the '60s



This clip from Bluegrass Roots: On The Road With Bluegrass Musician, a 1964 documentary by David Hoffman, shows Bluegrass clogging. It's a descendant of Irish step-dancing, with elements of square dancing and line dancing added. I guarantee that these young folks dressed in their Sunday best because they knew a filmmaker would be at the dance that night.

Slap

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The Baranton Sisters



Régina and Yvonne Baranton were foot jugglers. Watch them display their talents on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1969. You have to wonder how and why they ever decided they were going to juggle tables with their feet. It's not the kind of thing that everyone wanted to do. It turns out they came by their act naturally -from the family. A French circus family. You can see the Baranton Trio performing on French TV in 1958. And the tradition lives on. Another family member, Eliane Baranton, performs in this video labeled 2009. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

There's a Story Here

Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)



The hit by Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers has been posted here before, but this version is from a Dutch TV show in 1970. She was much more popular in the Netherlands than she ever was in the U.S. The young folk singer tells how impressed she was that the Gospel choir consented to collaborate with her. (via Strange Company

Football

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How American Gothic Became an Icon



Grant Wood's American Gothic is more than a famous painting. Sure, it's a great piece of art, but there's more to it than that. When it was first unveiled, the painting wasn't recognized as anything special. But the subject matter made it something worth talking about. In this video from Vox, we see that it was the people who saw the painting that made it special. They saw what they wanted to see in American Gothic. (via Digg)

True Love: A Tribute to The Princess Bride



The Princess Bride has a cornucopia of elements that make it one of our favorite movies. But the overarching theme is true love. In this cute video that seems shorter than it is, the Gregory Brothers songify the lines from the movie to make a love song about love..  true wuv. This is their contribution to the celebratio of the movie's 30th anniversary on Monday. (via Tastefully Offensive

Friday, September 22, 2017

97%

Colin Furze's Driveable Hot Tub



Insane inventor Colin Furze (previously) has built such a reputation that now he's being paid to bring ridiculous tech to life. In his latest stunt, he covered a BMW with a lawn (artificial turf), sealed it up and filled it with water, and installed a barbecue grill on the back. Silly? Yes, and a lot of fun. The car is an ad for Google, so they provide Furze with the raw materials for the hot tub car.
Watch Furze drive around, splashing his bathwater all over the road. Oh yeah, the interior also has water jets, to which he adds bubble bath soap! Now try to imagine what happens when they grill burgers behind a bubble bath. This is the "fun" video. In case you are wondering exactly how he sealed the car so well that it could be driven filled with water, this video shows the process, and this video covers the other accessories. (via Laughing Squid)

Accident

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Learn to Play Cat



In the newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic, Simon Tofield and Nicky Treverrow talks about how cats play, and the best ways for us to play with them. It starts with how to train kittens in recognizing toys. Even after a lifetime of playing with cats, even I learned some new tips in this video. It has a Simon's Cat cartoon tagged onto the end, in which we see the cat having a ball with that elusive red dot.


Unfortunate Nominative Determinism

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!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Greace

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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

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A Timely Tweet



It's an annual event.



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