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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday links

It's Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday - here are his rarely-seen sketchbooks and the unexpected math behind Starry Night.

Who Owns Your Face? Advertising companies, tech giants, data collectors, and the federal government, it turns out.

On March 30, 1848, Niagara Falls Ran Dry. Bonus: Niagara Falls sketch by Abbott & Costello and The Three Stooges.

Great Migrations: Following human genes around the world.

The United States v. Paramount and How Movie Theater Concessions Got So Expensive.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include how big land animals can get, where to hide from nuclear bombs, a collection of vintage celebrity endorsements, and the origin stories of famous sports.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Recreating History - side by side comparison of real historical footage with movie re-creations

From filmmaker Vugar Efendi, this interesting side by side comparison of real footage of historical events with movie re-creations:

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday links

A Collection of Vintage Celebrity Endorsements.

Where to Hide If a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off In Your Area.

Two Infographics: Spring Cleaning Checklist and Best Ways to Die.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the history of dentures, a set of uninspirational quotes, flying water taxis in Paris, and why barns are painted red.

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Collection of Vintage Celebrity Endorsements

We're accustomed to celebrity athletes endorsing products related to their areas of expertise (think Michael Jordan and Nikes), but it's hard to imaging why anyone would care about Mohammad Ali's opinion on roach killing or Doris Day's opinion on construction equipment:

Sammy Davis, Jr. was notorious for his drinking, so this one kinda makes sense:

Lucille Ball apparently had a couple of vices we didn't know about:

Humphrey Bogart selling Whitman's Samplers:

Here's Jerry Lewis with Colonel Sanders:

Sonny and Cher, because when you think of Cher you think Bible, right?

Here's Pope Leo XIII around the torn of the 20th century endorsing Vin Mariani, a wine and cocaine cocktail:

Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) from Star Trek:

Roy Rogers:

Bob Hope:

And, in the future president category, Ronald Reagan:

And The Donald, although since he's selling his own products, I guess this doesn't really count:

Lots more here.

Infographic: Spring Cleaning Checklist (also, Best Ways to Die)

From Obvious Plant, Jeff Wysaski's ongoing project to create funny but fake signs - the first two are for an online-only audience, but he leaves some (see below) in public places to confuse and amuse people. If you think this is a great idea but don't have the skill (or imagination) to do it yourself, he's published a book of posters for you to hang around your neighborhood: High Five This Sign: Prank Posters to Post on Poles.

In this case, he switched the toilet troubleshooting guide at a Home Depot hardware store with an "updated" version:

Here he left some updated candy slogans at the grocery store:

Lots more at, and Wysaski also posts at

Friday links

Uninspirational Quotes for People Who Hate Inspirational Quotes.

Flying Water Taxis are coming to Paris this Summer.

Dead Men’s Teeth: A History of Dentures.

Humanure: The Next Frontier In Composting.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death, William Shatner's birthday, why we don't (generally) eat horses, the science of facial hair, and how far back in time you could go and still understand English.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Extremely Cool Slinky Tricks

Huang Zhenghuai, a Taiwanese native, is quite extraordinary with his classic Slinky.

WARNING: KILL THE SOUND!!! It's absolutely atrocious.

Related: Fascinating Facts About the Invention of the Slinky.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Here’s Gollum Singing “Time After Time” Because Why The Heck Not

Youtuber Ijameswalters seems to specialize in classic songs sung in a Gollum voice, which he does very well. Per Nerdist:
You’d think a centuries-old Stoorish hobbit would lose his ear for harmony after being twisted and corrupted by the One Ring Of Power, but you’d be wrong. Guess being stuck in a cave talking to yourself is a wonderful way to keep your vocal pipes in good health.

Thanks, Laurie!

Wednesday links

How Far Back In Time Could You Go And Still Understand English?

A History of Tug-of-War Fatalities.

The Science of Facial Hair: What Signals Do Beards, Stubble, and Mustaches Send to Others?

It's William Shatner's birthday: here he is in 1978 'singing' Rocket Man, plus a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup.

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include silent film-era movie effects, vintage armored cars, blowing up a watermelon with 20,000 volts of electricity, and the first day of Spring.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Uninspirational Quotes for People Who Hate Inspirational Quotes

There are a LOT of these de-motivational quotes on the intertubes - I've picked a few that are safe for work below but if you want more (some of which may have NSFW language), look here.