Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dancing with the Neighbors



Michael Callaghan decided it was time that he got to know his neighbors, and he came up with a genius way to do it: ask them for a favor, and make it fun! He went door to door and asked each neighbor to come over and dance with him for a music video. He didn't mention if anyone refused, but plenty of them said yes. While you're doing something  like this, you get to know their names, interests, and how friendly they are. Or at least how well they dance. When he throws a party, he'll know exactly who to invite. He's trying to start a trend with #NeighborDanceChallenge. We'll see how that goes. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD, at age 77.

Enjoy a truly exciting moment in cross country skiing. I am serious. 

How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

The Poor People's Campaign. “The systemic poverty and racism America faces today was not inevitable,” the statement continues. “It is the result of choices made by politicians and corporations.” (via Metafilter

How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing. (via Metafilter

These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year. (via Boing Boing)


The POW Olympics of World War II.

Piggies

(via Fark)

Origins of the Moonwalk



Awesome footwork going back to the dawn of the film age. Too bad we can't watch dancers from even earlier. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day



Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Perfect Wedding Gift

Dinosaur, a Film by Nathan and His Dad



Four-year-old Nathan Mezquida tells a story he made up about dinosaurs. His dad, Allen Mezquida, animated his drawings to tell it.
Nathan spends hours drawing every day, mostly dinosaurs. He also loves watching BBC documentaries about dinosaurs. Next thing I knew, we were working on this short film together. Nathan was very clear about the story he wanted to tell and how he wanted it to look. He said he wanted it to be very real, "never cartoony." I did my best to stay true to his vision.
(via Laughing Squid)

A Rubbish Door

(via reddit)

Where is Papa's Phone?

(YouTube link) https://youtu.be/6zYKwa4e4nA

Papa can't find his phone. It rings, but it's not in his pockets. It's not in his car. When he walks away, no one can hear the ringing, so it must be on him somewhere. Can all the assembled family members help him find it? The best part of this video is his sense of humor about the whole thing. The mystery will be solved by the end of this video. (via Laughing Squid)

March for Our Lives


Students in Parkland, Florida, have organized a nationwide protest to push for gun control legislation after 17 of their classmates were murdered on Valentines Day. And now the donations are rolling in for March For Our Lives








They've already raised over a million dollars outside of those big celebrity donations. You can donate through their website, and if you plan to march, you might want a t-shirt to wear. Keep up with the plan's progress through Facebook or Twitter.

The students from Parkland are doing great things, although they are already confronting disappointment and attacks. Yet they are still high school students and do adorable things like this and this.

Calibrating

(Thanks, Charleen!)

A Han Solo Song




Han Solo: lovable rogue, smuggler, Rebellion hero, scruffy-looking nerf-herder. He had plenty of talents, and first among those was the ability to deliver a line perfectly. He did it again and again in four different films so far, with another one coming in May (albeit without Harrison Ford). Put those lines together with cadence, make them rhyme somewhat, and you've got a tribute remix from Eclectic Method. Eclectic Method (Jonny Wilson) has done quite a few of these Star Wars remixes, compiled here. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Cigarette Butts and German Society. Scientific research that occupies a really peculiar niche.

Rey is the new Anakin. But her story will not turn out the same. (via Boing Boing)

The Bijli of the Flaming Torch. A ghost story from colonial India. (via Strange Company)   

A Black Mother's Survival Guide for Her Teenage Son. "I had to teach him it didn’t matter who was right or wrong, only that we made it out of that situation alive."

Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them. (via Metafilter)

Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

Research Assistant

(via Fark)

Sketch Helped Police Identify Robber



Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were on the lookout for a suspect in the robbery of a farmer's market. A witness provided a sketch of the perpetrator, which was shown on the local TV station. The response by newscaster Ethan Forhetz is priceless. Considering he was winging the news as it came in, he kept his cool pretty well. Now, lest you think this is a police sketch, it's not. It was drawn by a witness. Yet it was enough to lead police to identify 44-year-old Hung Phuoc Nguyen, who was still on the loose at the time of the report. It turns out that police were familiar with Nguyen already, and honestly recognized him from the sketch. (via reddit)

Tweet of the Day



The students from Parkland who are speaking out against selling assault rifles to dangerous people are already paying the price.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mascot

An Honest Trailer for Justice League



Screen Junkies looks at Justice League and tackles the question: What went wrong? They had the opportunity to improve on Batman v Superman, and try to catch the magic of Wonder Woman, but that didn't happen. They came down to three answers: the color scheme, bad CGI, the depressing heroes, and the lame villain. Oh, that's four. But there's even more in this Honest Trailer for Justice League.

Support for Stricter Gun Control at Highest Level Ever


The data is here.


Do Not Touch

(via reddit)