Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How NOT to impress Ellen


Website Wednesday 14.37

"From the Large Intestine of the Internets,
through the Sphincter of Electronic Mail..."

             Just FYI: if I’m ever late for anything, it’s probably
             because I was delayed by signature-seeking fans.

Top of the Heap:  How to make everything ok

The Population of Space

How Gorilla Glass Works

How to Get Rid of Ants

8 Brilliant Ice Cube Tray Hacks

8 Speedy Kitchen Hacks You Didn't Know About

The Buttered Cat Paradox

11 Things You Didn't Know About the F-Word

How about your own personal handcuff key (For recreational use only.  Right.)

13 Urban Outfitters Controversies

Son William taught me this after a semester in New Zealand: How you SHOULD eat a kiwi

After writing the science fiction classic, Jaws, Peter Benchley became an advocate for shark protection and ocean conservation

Explore the colorful, underwater world of neon nudibranchs

This is what happens to your heart when you dive into the sea

The Dolphin-Killing Season Is About to Begin in Japan; Here’s What You Can Do About It

The Illness That Will Define Our Times

13 International Greeting Rituals

How Much to Tip in Different Countries

The Women With Superhuman Vision

 Website Wednesday archives

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All hail the new iPhone6!


There’s a reason you separate military and police


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hide! It's the NFL!

(Thanks, Miss C!)

(explanation here)

One day, while working on a car...

A couple of Rednecks were standing around talking one afternoon while working on a car.

After a while the first Redneck says to the second, “If I was to sneak over to your house and make love to your wife while you was off fishing’, and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us related?”

The second Redneck crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head, and squinted his eyes, thinking real hard about the question.

Finally he says : “Well I don’t know about related, but I reckon that makes us even.”


Unhappily Ever After

New York animation artist (and big Disney fan, he says) Jeff Hong has created less-than-rosy portrayals of Disney characters as they'd fare in today's IRL world. They are not cheery images, but they are poignant in their depictions of very real challenges, from climate change to drug addiction to ocean pollution.

(a whole bunch more here)

(Thanks, William!)

Scottish Independence (explained by John Oliver

On Thursday, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to remain part of the United Kingdom or declare its independence. John Oliver tells it like it is (which, apparently, is nothing like Braveheart.)


Monday, September 15, 2014

You know it's going to be a bad day when...

(More here)

One day, with the Vikings...

The Vikings were among the most intrepid explorers of all time.

While the United States celebrates the exploits of Christopher Columbus, little attention is paid to Leif Erikson, Erik the Red, and other northern explorers who sailed the treacherous North Atlantic in small boats.

One of Leif Erikson's voyages found him sailing from Scandinavia past Iceland, Greenland, and into what is now Canada. Of course in those days, such voyages took many, many months, even years.

Unbeknownst to the Norse government officials back in Europe, Erikson and the other Vikings had set up villages and weren't to return for several years. Knowing the dangers of the North Atlantic, and realizing that there was little hope of Erikson and his fellow brave souls ever returning from their voyage, the man responsible for keeping track of the number of citizens in Erikson's home town, forgot about him.

When Leif and the boys returned and discovered that they were no longer part of the population count, they were irate. Erikson complained to the head magistrate.

The magistrate apologized and was very embarrassed. He could only say,

"I'm sorry, but I must have taken Leif off my census."


Forrest Whittaker...

...always looks like he took Nyquil and Dayquil at the same time...


Happy Monday, Little Ducks!