Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tweet of the Day

When tax cuts for the rich becomes the price of your soul.

Emotional Wellness

The German Town That's Literally Breaking Apart

Tom Scott has ended his tour of America and is back in Europe, finding places with interesting stories to tell us about. The picturesque town of Staufen, Germany, is one such place. A geothermal drilling operation in 2007 has caused the ground to swell up under the downtown area, and the buildings are cracking. When the foundation underneath has moved, there's not a lot you can do for the buildings on top. Those buildings stood firm for hundreds of years, but in the last ten, they are crumbling. The problem is explained in depth in this article from the journal Geothermal Energy. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

The First Detective. Sherlock Holmes, Jean Valjean, and the FBI can all trace their roots back to one Frenchman who turned a life of crime into a life of fighting crime.

Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Market. This is not a repeat of the 2015 story.

How many holes does a straw have?

America's private health-care is rationed, but socialized medicine is luxury medicine.

Colin J. Carlson‏ is a biologist, but he's not an expert on foxes. Still, he decided to make a list of foxes and rate them with letter grades for their "weirdness" in a Twitter thread. (via Metafilter)

Things People Should, But Don't, Tell You About Having Kids.

Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court. Many contain final and lasting insults. (via Strange Company)

Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata. (via Swiss Miss)

The Twisting History of Blood on Film. (via Digg)

Meet Doug Jones, One Of The Biggest Movie Stars You’ve Probably Never Seen. That's because he's almost always buried under a layer of latex and prosthetics as an alien, a monster, or a ghost. (via Metafilter)


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Builder has Truss Issues

Ken is going to show us how to set a truss roof when you are by yourself. What could possibly go wrong? Well, first off, he's setting trusses alone. If there was any day to call your idiot brother-in-law, this would be the day, if just to have someone available to call the paramedics. Also, he's not wearing a hard hat, and he turned his back on the unsecured truss.

Luckily, the paramedics were not needed in this incident -or else the video would not have been uploaded. And the garage was eventually completed, and not by one man alone. (via Boing Boing)

Monday, November 20, 2017

I Would LIke to Know More

Weightless: Jean-Baptiste Chandelier

Jean-Baptiste Chandelier is a professional paraglider and videographer. This video shows him flying in places one shouldn't go and performing stunts one shouldn't attempt -at least without extensive training, legal permits, a safety crew, and some prudent Photoshoppery. It's a beautiful video, and will make you feel uplifted for a while. And in case you missed the many ad placements, Chandelier is sponsored by Adidas. The song is "My Silver Lining" by First Aid Kit. (via reddit)

The Glass

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A Wrinkle in Time Official US Trailer

The book changed my life when I was about ten years old. The movie is coming in March. I hope it's as good as it looks in this trailer. Still wouldn't be as good as my ten-year-old imagination.


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Emergence – How Stupid Things Become Smart Together

A bunch of stupid things get together and do smart things. This seems impossible, but you are familiar with "the whole is more than the sum of its parts." Your brain is made up of cells that don't have much value alone, but together they make a brain that can think.

A video from Kurzgesagt looks at how many systems work this way. It's a bit mind blowing, thinking about how atoms, cells, ant colonies, and human societies all display emergence -the complicated systems made up of simple parts. (via Kottke)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Man with 400 Albums. R. Stevie Moore is a puzzling, yet long-lasting, music star.

Thanks for Nothing. A collection of links about the tax bill now in Congress. 

Norway’s Medieval Wooden Churches Look Plucked From a Fairy Tale.

True Kilts: Debunking the Myths About Highlanders and Clan Tartans. You might be surprised to find out how recent registered family tartans are. 

Women Waiting Tables Get Harassed Constantly, And We Know How To Stop It. 

The Long Journey to Make Pixar's Dia de los Muertos Movie CocoCoco opens November 22 nationwide.

Why the Nazi Party Loved Decaf Coffee.

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey, and other recipes for stoned Millennials. (via Cracked)

Married Young: The Fight Over Child Marriage in America. (via Nag on the Lake)

New York's Holiday Nostalgia Trains. (via Metafilter)

Shadow of a Hero

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Slippery Stairs

In case you just can't wait for the Winter Games because you love watching people slip and fall, here's a Japanese game show that will fulfill that desire. Slippery Stairs takes the agony of maneuvering a world covered with ice and puts it relatively safely on TV. Contestants must climb a series of stairs that are not only lubricated, but slightly angled. At least they are wearing helmets.

The competition starts out looking like a normal, albeit slow, race, but quickly escalates into a human demolition derby. At about three minutes in, it begins to resemble bowling, with these guys as the pins. See, it doesn't matter that you're ahead of the pack when one false move can send you back to the beginning. The best you can do when that happens is to take everyone else with you. And even if you make it to the top, you will look ridiculous doing it. (via reddit)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Soup du Jour

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Quick Dessert

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The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies

We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet the British take it very seriously. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, and a process for transferring the crown to Prince Charles. A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never go out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. (via Mental Floss)

Slow News Day

From around a hundred years ago. (via Buzzfeed)

A New Thanksgiving Song

Chance the Rapper was on Saturday Night Live last night. He wasn't the musical guest this time -Eminem was. Chance was the guest host, but he still managed to give a musical performance during his opening monologue. It's a modern Thanksgiving song that tells it like it is, about the relatives you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving (for a reason).