Monday, April 23, 2018

The Credible Hulk

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli...

A cat walked into the deli-cat-tessen and admired the items on display at the meat counter. The clerk, who may be the butcher as well, went into his sales spiel and gave the cat a better look at a variety of offerings until the cat indicated what he most wanted. The cat probably thought he'd get away with not paying, but the deli got a viral video out of it.

TinyKittens Update

All three cats at the TinyKittens livestream have given birth to their litters. Ramona had five, but one died within a day. Then Rula had three. Then Chloe, the big orange cat, produced five with the help of Ramona, who acted as midwife. Ramona nursed Chloe's new kittens along with her own, and even cleaned Chloe up. One of Chloe's kittens has a cleft palate, and is getting tube feeding until she's completely assessed.

Meanwhile, Shelly, their caregiver, has been shuffling the kittens among the mothers to ensure they all get properly fed. Rula doesn't mind nursing everyone's kittens. Ramona won't leave Chloe alone. Chloe, who is older, has birthed many litters, and suffers from kidney disease, doesn't feel all that great. The three cats love all the kittens, and tend to appropriate babies from each other when they get the chance. Shelly has documented all the kittens, and the ones that look alike got collars to tell them apart. They are being weighed and assessed regularly. Meanwhile, the mama drama is addicting. As you can see from the screenshot above, the mother cats have to take TV breaks every once in a while. You can read more about TinyKittens mission at their website.  

Identifying a Dinosaur

Last Takes to Midnight

A compilation of a week's worth of sketches from The Nib. You can see the latest episode here.

Miss Cellania's Links

How the Log Cabin Became an American Symbol. It wasn't because of Lincoln- it was an earlier political figure that make the log cabin an icon.

These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.

When You're Black, Every Place Is A Starbucks.

Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them. (via Nag on the Lake)

What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

An Increased Minimum Wage’s Positive Effects “Persist and Indeed Grow in Magnitude over Several Years.” The report is from the U.S. Census Bureau. (via Metafilter)

The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

Cats Are All Alike

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The Black Hole Bomb and Black Hole Civilizations

Black holes are pretty cool to study, not cool to get close to, but did you know that black holes spin? You never thought about it before, but since everything else in space spins, it makes sense. What's really cool is that we could theoretically harness this energy. In reality, we are nowhere near having the capability of approaching a black hole, much less surviving such an adventure. From that point, this video from Kurzgesagt takes the theoretical possibilities to the next level by explaining how to make the biggest bomb in the universe. We know the science, but we are far from being able to do it the present time. (via reddit

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

How Much?

Important Notice

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Windows Math

How to Speak Meerkat

In this segment from the BBC Earth series Natural World, Dr. Marta Manser studies the language meerkats use to communicate with each other. Yes, she's scaring them with a fake jackal. Sir David Attenborough makes it sound wonderfully dramatic. (via Tastefully Offensive)


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The Sisterhood of the Mother Cats

I posted about the TinyKitten birth watch webcam a couple of weeks ago, in which three feral cats awaited their litters of kittens. Black cat Ramona gave birth first, and now has four kittens. Rula, the other black cat, had three. Chloe, the ginger cat, just gets bigger every day. Here we see Ramona and her four kittens making a big fuss over Chloe. Is Ramona comforting Chloe? Is she trying to warn her what she's in for? Or is she just climbing on Chloe to get away from all those kittens? In a later video, we see that they've settled down bit, and it appears that Ramona is comforting Chloe as her labor pains strengthen.

Check out the live webcam to follow Chloe's labor and imminent birth.

Tweet of the Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Government Officials Stick Together

Charlie Eilhardt noticed a perfect example of a crash blossom in a headline in Thursday's Alameda Sun. You can just picture the City Manager and the District Attorney trying to walk around with their heads taped together, presumably duct tape. What we have in two words in a row, "tapes" and "head," that are both used as either a noun or a verb. What is really happening is that secret recordings will be given to the prosecutor. You can enlarge the picture to read the story. (via Dave Barry)

The New Boat has a Name

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These Six Stories Are as British as it Gets

There's a royal wedding coming up, as Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle on May 19, and today Queen Elizabeth II turns 92 years old. In honor of the occasion, let's celebrate British culture with a compilation video from Great Big Story, in which we will learn about about swan uppers, beadles, jellied eels, the Queen's stand-in, the world's best taxi drivers, and the history of the British obsession with tea. The eels are last, so you can stop there if you're squeamish. I did. 

Stark Snark

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