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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday links

A Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, WKRP, Cicero, the best turkey fryer PSA ever, and more.

Crazy Russian Hacker has some kitchen tips to help you out with Thanksgiving festivities. The cupcake tin full of appetizers is my favorite.

A Depression-Era Zoo Housed Wolves and Three Species of Bears Together. It Didn’t End Well.

Are your animals home alone all day? Here's a free archive of entertaining videos for cats and dogs, with bonus cat and dog links for humans. Semi-related: The Long and Glorious History of Cat Ladies.

Who gets the royalties for Hitler's Mein Kampf?

Mortimer Mouse? The Original Names of 10 Cartoon Characters.

ICYMI, Thursday's links are here, and include President James Garfield's birthday (when he was shot, Alexander Graham Bell showed up with a metal detector to try to locate the bullet),  the Gettysburg Address and a Pennsylvania newspaper's retraction for an 1863 article calling Gettysburg Address "silly remarks", a woman who won the right to wear a spaghetti strainer on her head for her driver's licence photo, history of people mailing themselves in boxes, a defenestration supercut, and a father who borrowed a Go-Pro, held it backwards and recorded his entire vacation as one long selfie.

A free archive of entertaining videos for cats and dogs, with bonus cat and dog links for humans

There are lots of cat and dog videos around, but generally they're made for humans to watch. These purport to entertain your animals - I don't personally find them all that fascinating, but per youtube comments on Paul Dinning's channel, lots of dogs and cats do. I guess if you leave your pets home alone it would be nice to leave the TV on for them.

Over the past 6 years, Paul Dinning has created a YouTube channel packed with over 400 videos featuring the wildlife of Cornwall, England. And, from that footage, he has cobbled together playlists designed to delight all cats and dogs with access to the internet. And, apparently cats and dogs are watching. 
Here's Squirrel and Bird Fun:


And The Ultimate Videos of Birds for Cats To Watch:



Previous posts, about animals but for humans:

Terrible pictures of men with cats, bonus Nazis with cats.


Slow Motion Flipping Cat Physics, with bonus Buttered Toast/Cat Paradox video.

A Thanksgiving miscellany: Mark Twain, science, WKRP, Cicero, the best turkey fryer PSA ever, more

I've accumulated a LOT of Thanksgiving-related links over the years, so I've divided them up - here's the first set.

I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.


Cartoon (The Oatmeal): Thanksgiving as a kid VS Thanksgiving as an adult.

Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for - annually, not oftener - if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months, instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and to extend the usual annual compliments.

~ Mark Twain Autobiography

WKRP Turkey Drop episode: "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly"


Gratius animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum omnium reliquaram.

~ Marcus Tullius CiceroOratio pro Cnaeo Plancio, 23
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the mother of all other virtues.
The excellent William Shatner fried turkey PSA:


Turkey fryer alert: 86 year old man deep fries own leg. Or as he calls it, his drumstick.

If you're actually going to fry a turkey, you might consider Alton Brown's advice on how to construct a derrick over your turkey fryer.



Tutorial: How to draw a turkey.

Pi vs Pie.

The voices of Christopher Walken and John Madden: The First Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday links

Today is President James Garfield's birthday. When he was shot, Alexander Graham Bell showed up with a metal detector to try to locate the bullet. Related, The Gettysburg Address was seven score and twelve years ago, and Pennsylvania newspaper prints retraction (written in the style of the Gettysburg Address) for 1863 article calling Gettysburg address "silly remarks".


Father borrows Go-Pro, holds it backwards and Accidentally Records Entire Vacation the Wrong Way as One Long Selfie.

Defenestration supercut: movie characters driving, falling, jumping and being thrown through glass windows.

The Strangely Successful History of People Mailing Themselves in Boxes.


ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include a 1968 memo to Gene Roddenberry about William Shatner's disappearing wigs from the Star Trek set (plus a Monty Python/Star Trek mashup), photos of the Rolling Stones as kids, and a boat trip through the Paris Sewer.

Defenestration supercut: movie characters driving, falling, jumping and being thrown through glass windows

List of movies included in this supercut are below.



0:00-0:30

Wizard of Oz
The Matrix
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Halloween 2
Alien
Die Hard
Minority Report
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Superman
The Bourne Ultimatum
Beverly Hills Cop
Spawn

0:30-1:03

Transformers
Bridget Jones Diary
The Towering Inferno
Fright Night
Last Action Hero
Robocop
X-Men 3
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Friday 13th Part 4
The Toxic Avenger
Popeye
Help!
Undercover Brother
Batman
Lethal Weapon
Terminator 2
Wanted
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Robocop (0:56 - 1:03)


1:03-1:33

Scream
Silent Night: Deadly Night
Top Secret!
Terminator
The Dark Knight
Transformers 3
The Mummy Returns
The Dark Knight
Looper
Terminator
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Ajeossi (The Man form Nowhere)
Robocop 2
Police Story (1:21 - 1:33)


1:33-2:00

Friday 13th Part 4
Men in Black
Friday 13th part 2
Wanted
The Long Kiss Goodbye
Airplane!
Help!
Terminator 2
Die Another Day
Total Recall
Watchmen
Blade Runner


2:00-2:24

Collateral
The Exorcist
Loaded Weapon
Mission Impossible
Friday 13th part 4
The Great Muppet Caper
Resident Evil: Resurrection
Terminator 2
The Fly
Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Florida Woman Battered Ex-Husband Over Sex Position Dispute in Storage Unit, plus lots of other Florida Woman links

According to cops, Luper and Michael Vaccaro--who were married for 12 years--drove together to retrieve some of his belongings from their storage unit in Bradenton.

While parked in the rear of the facility, “Luper got undressed, and asked Vaccaro if he wanted to have sexual intercourse,” police reported. “Vaccaro agreed, and told Luper to lay down.”

But Luper, a court filing notes, “did not want to have sexual intercourse in that position and stated no.” It is unclear where the pair was planning to tryst, or the position that was rejected by Luper

During a subsequent argument, Luper allegedly struck Vaccaro in the head with a thrown object. As Vaccaro sought to remove some of his belongings from the car’s rear seat, Luper allegedly accelerated the auto “with Vaccaro still half way inside the vehicle.” As Vaccaro “pulled out of the vehicle,” Luper drove over his right foot.
h/t Dave Barry


And last, but definitely not least: 

Police Probe “Decapitated Dildos” After Florida Black Lesbian Couple Fight.

Some of the above from @_Flor1daWoman

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday links

This 1968 memo to Gene Roddenberry about William Shatner's disappearing wigs from the Star Trek set is a hoot, plus bonus Monty Python/Star Trek mashup.

15 Non-Sex Uses For Condoms.

Photos Of Boys Who Became The Rolling Stones

The Suez Canal opened on November 17, 1869.

A Boat Trip through the Paris Sewer.

A Cockroach Can Bite With a Force 50 Times Its Body Weight.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include lots of paraskavedekatriaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th) information, living next door to Area 51, an 133 MPH lawnmower, the physics of TIE fighter formations, and the (unfortunately defunct) 1950s U.S. Army program that put price tags on equipment.