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Posts Tagged ‘miscellanea’

You Can Keep Your Doctor Hot Links

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Never heard the term Crip walk until today. Apparently it could get you killed if you did it in some neighborhoods and you’re not a Crip.

Here’s a tutorial on how to Crip walk from the UK. Here’s what it looks like in action.

A McDonald’s Chicken Nugget Commercial (2007?) features Ronald McDonald Crip walking.

The Creighton Family produced many Creightons.

This is what you get if you Google “Dog General Green.

Godzilla stalks, but

Celery Stalks at Midnight.

Alligator nose. “It is very, very abnormal” but “it is not abnormal.” Alligators “know they have to breathe.” Brilliant commentary [via].

The animals are experiencing brumation, a process cold-blooded animals go through that lowers their metabolism so they can survive cold climates, similar to warm-blooded mammals’ hibernation. “It is very, very abnormal for southeastern North Carolina, […] It is not abnormal for the [the alligators] to do this because they know they have to breathe.”

Weathercam photobomb amused me. Related post here.

Home Security for only $1.25. It permits ventilation, too. Guess what it is.

Who’s Your Doppelganger in Museum Portraits?  [UPDATE: Here’s a privacy warning.]

[Top image from here.]

 

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Infrasonic Hot Links

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Couldn’t find anything on snoring cow omens. According to Wiki, whistling on board a sailing ship is bad luck, it’s thought to encourage the wind to increase. On ships where whistling was taboo, the cook was usually excused, because as long as he was heard whistling he wasn’t stealing food.

Goats were more sure-footed on sailing ships than cows, and ancient mariners would leave breeding pairs on remote islands to provide food for future visitors. Oh, and goats snore, too.

Famed mariner Josh Slocum was once advised to purchase carpet tacks by a merchant. He balked until the merchant explained why he needed them. They were to be scattered over the deck after dark in case pirates attempted to board the vessel undetected. The tacks were a burglar alarm, and according to Slocum, they worked.

Tacks were employed in the design of “Turtle Boats,” Korean warships of the late 1500s for similar reasons.

I’d never heard of the Beano Grenade until now.

I read in a USNI publication that 90% of intercontinental communications are via submarine cable. The same was true in 1850.

Infrasound – the frequency of fear? [h/t Carl L.]

A Mumbo Jumbo was not a niceguy.

The 17 equations that changed the course of history. Pythagoras of Samos was good, but Leonhard Euler came up with the concept of the square root of negative 1, and much more. Also, Euler is not pronounced “yū’-lər.” It’s a Swiss surname, pronounced “ōē’-dər.”

The Catbird Seat.

Pheeew. Jingle Bells is a racist song because of minstrel shows?

[Top image is a panel from “Ploopy The Ghost” by F.O. Alexander, ca. 1940.  Franklin Osborn Alexander was the cartoonist who provided the classic graphics for the board game Monopoly.]

Semi Polychromatic Hot Links

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Kiviaq is an Greenlandic Inuit treat: auks fermented in a bladder of sealskin. The link includes this DIY video on preparing the auks. The fermentation takes about three months. Enjoy!

One-armed man won a lumberjack competition. TRUE.

Large raccoon” knocked out power to 9,600 in New Mexico.
[h/t Alan U.]

There are four kinds of color blindness: protanopia, dueteranopia, tritanopia and achromatopsia.

The COBLIS Color BLIndness Simulator is kinda cool.

What if a color that you perceive as blue is perceived by your friend as red, yet you both call it purple?  If you were a dog, what would your favorite shade of gray be? Stoner questions are awesome.

Actually dogs can see colors, according to this, just not all colors. Humans can’t see all of them either, and some have told me so.

I just Googled “hybrid freak animal.” Now I won’t to be able to sleep for a month.

[Top image found here.]


RIP Joji Tani (1922-2017).

Born in San Pedro, California, he graduated high school in 1942.  He grew up on Terminal Island, and that same year all people of Japanese ancestry were given 48 hours to evacuate to internment camps. His father was taken to North Dakota and interrogated for six months. Allowed only two suitcases per family, Joji’s family was sent to the Santa Anita racetrack, where they lived in makeshift housing among the horse stables. From 1942 to 1944 Tani’s family lived in various internment camps in California, Arkansas and Texas.

He’s the father of one of my wife’s best friends and unfortunately I never met him.


Some Assembly Required Hot Links

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Here’s a nice collection of jazz artists with short bios.

Singer, songwriter, performer and actress Norah Jones was born Geetali Norah Shankar. Her half-sister is Anoushka Shankar. Their father is Ravi Shankar.

See what I did there? Gonna do it again.

The French term is mèche sur le front (wick in the front) or un épi (an ear of corn); German, it’s ein Werbel (vortex or whirl); in Spanish, chavito, mechon (tuft) or remolino (swirl); In Danish, it’s hvirvel i håret (whirl in the hair); Afrikaans, kuif (crest); Polish kosmyk (strand). The English term for an unruly spiral of hair is “cowlick” and it first appeared in 1538 according to this site.

I’ve had cowlicks all my life, and in recent years the one on the right gave birth to another that migrated to the left side of my forehead. Now I have Dagwood Hair.

Bob McFadden provided the voice for Dagwood Bumstead in a forgettable cartoon, and had a successful career as a voice actor. He also worked with Rod McKuen (credited as “Dor”) to record the classic song “Beat Generation” in 1959, covered in 1980 by Richard Hell & The Voidoids (“Blank Generation“) and re-covered in 1986 by The Beat Farmers.

Tommy Smothers nailed Johnny Carson.

Here’s what’s happening in Japan.

[Top image found here.]

 

 

Spontaneously Mutating Hot Links

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Smell the bird.

The Weasel War Dance is a colloquial term for a behavior of excited ferrets and weasels.

The Russian Revolution occurred 100 years ago. “Harsh Realities of 1917 Revolution in Paintings of a Petrograd Police Officer” captures some of it.

North Korean defectors speak. Read between the lines because a lot is understated (by necessity). If these defectors’ identities are ever revealed, three generations of their families would suffer punishment.

“During planting and harvest season, we would wake up at 4 a.m. and walk three hours to reach the farmland. We’d take a little break for lunch or a snack, then work until 8 p.m. before walking home again. Doing the weeding was the hardest because we had to get rid of them by hand. And we’d buy beans from the market and make tofu that we’d sell from our house. Our profit was less than 5,000 won [60 cents at the black market rate] a day. But because the bean price fluctuates, sometimes we were left with nothing at all.”
Farmer from Hoeryong, escaped 2014.

Who was America’s first President?” The answer is obvious.

New technology allows you to swing through a waterfall without getting wet.

The National Lampoon Suicide Hotline.

The Reuben Hair Shift.

Germany is No. 3 for internet domain name ownership by country.

Before I die I want to see Rome.

[Top image from here. h/t Alan U.]

Dark Side of the Hot Links

Sunday, 19 November 2017

R.I.P. Malcom Young 1953-2017.

The horse knew what it was doing. One tried to pull that old trick on me when I was a kid, but I saw it coming and ducked.

Questions for stoners to ponder:

“What if nothing didn’t exist?”
“Where did barn owls live before barns?”
“What if there were no hypothetical questions?”

There’s a critter under the sink in the kitchen.

Wife: “I just got stung by a jellyfish! Quick, pee on it!”
Me: [peeing on jellyfish] “This is for stinging my wife!”

Regarding Windows 10: No sherlock, Shinola.

This article states,”Females are the victims of one-third of all sexual abuse cases committed by prison staff.”  Now about the other two-thirds…

According to Table 13 of the DOJ report Sexual Victimization Reported by Adult Correctional Authorities, 2009–11: There were 1,226 substantiated incidents of staff-on-inmate sexual abuse. Of the perpetrators, 51.5% were male, 48.5% female. Statistically even. Of the victims, about a third of males and two thirds of females were accosted by male staff, while 92.7% of male victims were accosted by female staff. Note also that  during this period, staff-on-inmate vs. inmate-on-inmate incidents were approximately equal – 49% to 51%. [h/t Needull]


Chaotic Pendulum is chaotic.
It’s the source of the top images. (Meerkats. They’re everywhere. Cutesy little weasel-lookin’ standy-uppy bastards.)

Articulating Sphenoid Hot Links

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The vomer is located in the midsagittal line, and articulates with the sphenoid, the ethmoid, the left and right palatine bones, and the left and right maxillary bones.

Vomer means ploughshare in Latin. It’s part of a plow.

Got a stuffed up nose? Rock your vomer to relieve the congestion [via].

The Detox Cleanser Scams: “Why pay for what your pee pee and poo poo already do for you?”

When raking leaves, remember that Air Is Your Enemy. Here’s the short version. My opinion is that no one should rake leaves in this first place. Let ’em fall and let ’em rot where they fall. I like humus.

Are you, or have you ever been an ealuscop? Fess up.

From the “I-Didn’t-Know-This” Dept: Caterpillars don’t morph into butterflies. Once it’s sealed up in its chrysalis, the caterpillar dissolves into goop. The goop reorganizes itself into a butterfly. More stuff about caterpillar goop here [via]

Q: Does a moth remember its pre-goop caterpillar days?
A: Apparently the answer is Yes.

I’m sure I posted something about Michael Larson before, because he was amazing.

History of The Slinky. Bonus track: Cool stuff you can do with a Slinky.

Sam Kinison‘s Greatest Hit was a remake of the Troggs “Wild Thing.”  TRUE.

[Top images chopped, channeled, lowered and louvered from Google Images.]

Daylight Savings Hot Links

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Sometimes I Google random words, like Dog Pumpkin Apple, and I learn stuff.

This virtual shark tank is realistic. Check out this guy’s reaction. More info & vids here.

I can recite all the digits in the number Pi: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7, 8 & oh crap. Wait. I got it. 9. Meanwhile, this guy memorized and recited 22,514 digits of Pi in order in only five hours and nine minutes on 14 March 2004.  Daniel Tammet thinks in colors and shapes.

Triggered” amused me. Cultural appropriation indeed.

Take off your tighty-whities and bury ’em. Dig ’em up two months later and they’ll reveal how fertile the *ahem* soil is. TRUE.

Buddy Hackett tells The Duck Joke.

The Medusa Guitar is an absurd absurdity.

Check out these Vietnamese Water Puppets [via].

One Of These Days other folks’ blogs we link to are gonna link back, but I’m not holding my breath. 😀

[Top image from here.]

 

 

 

 

Big ‘Ol Honkin’ Hot Links

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Soviet anti-U.S. posters.

Everybody wants to talk with Pee-Wee! Here’s your chance!

Choose a name for your game. Choose wisely, as it can’t be changed later.

Spiral-cut pinapple demonstration vid is pretty cool [via].

Fun Facts To Know And Tell: Take a regular deck of playing cards, shuffle them, and spread them out face up. IIRC, the odds of getting that particular sequence is calculated by factorial:
n! = 52! = (1 x 2 x 3 … x 52) = 8.065817517 E+67, or 1 in
80,658,175,170,943,878,571,660,636,856,403,766,975,289,505,440,883,277,824,000,000,000,000, and you just nailed it. The ex post probability of getting that particular sequence is always 100%.

Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan is amusing. The winner took out the other Battlebots with brute force… and a rake.

[Top image from here.]

Live From Pyongyang, It’s Saturday Night Hot Links

Sunday, 24 September 2017

THIS is just wrong.

There’s a bronze statue of Lt. Frank Columbo (Peter Falk) with a bronze beagle in Budapest. TRUE.

Robot prototype fail [via].

Tower Records was awesome. We’d spend hours in their Buena Park store combing through their vinyl, but the L.A. store was huge. I never knew the history until now [via].

Always order the largest pizza. Here’s why.

What do you need to know to become a Citizen of the United States? Here’s a practice test.

Guy moves massive concrete blocks by himself using only gravity and leverage [via].

I found this Tweet amusing.

[Top image made with I Can Haz Cheeseburger Meme Generator.]


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