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Friday, May 27, 2016

Map of each state’s favorite Google question

Via Estately:
Using Google Autocomplete we compiled hundreds of the most common questions Americans type into the Google search bar. We ran those searches through Google Trends to determine which state queried each of these selected searches the most over the past 12 years. To be clear, the list below does not represent what each state Googles the most, it simply shows the searches each state Googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.
For example, there are questions Alaskans ask more than “How to smoke salmon?”—but they ask that one a lot more often than the lower 49.


The few below jumped out at me, but the whole list is available here.

Georgia: "Why are my nipples so sore?"

South Dakota: “Why is my poop green?”

Michigan:  “Is Mr. T dead?”

Kansas: “How to make meth?”

California: “Is Bernie Sanders vegan?”

Kentucky asks, “How to make a baby?”

Arkansas: "Who won the Civil War?"

Friday links

Always be battle-ready - The Tactical Order of Dressing: An Illustrated Guide (as taught to military and emergency personnel).


A History of Tug-of-War Fatalities.



In 1913, newspapers predicted we'd be eating giant radioactive frog steaks.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include a Romanian cave sealed for 5.5 million years (it's full of strange creatures who evolved separately), the Shakespeare fanatic who introduced the Bard’s birds to America (32 starlings in the 1890s to over 200 million now), the couch-potato gene, and, for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans, a celebration of Towel Day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday links

For fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: don't panic - today is Towel Day!

From 32 starlings in the 1890s to 200 million now: The Shakespeare Fanatic Who Introduced the Bard’s Birds to America


The Science of Laziness: Is There a Couch-Potato Gene?


Romanian cave sealed for 5.5 million years is full of strange creatures.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include advice from c. 1450 on soothing a teething baby, thelast tribe of headhunters, how to become a mutant, and survival tips from 100 years ago. Also, an answer to an age old question: could you get drunk from drinking a drunk person's blood?

Monday, May 23, 2016

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the laughing Chewbacca mask lady

Via everybody:
The mask was no ordinary Chewbacca mask, but made the cry of a Wookiee when the mouth was opened. The sound made Payne laugh even harder, which in turn opened the mask's mouth wider and made the sound play again.

For a solid two minutes, Payne could not stop laughing.


Plus this: Chewbacca mask hawked at insane prices on Amazon and eBay

Monday links

Anoint the gums with the brains of a hare: advice from c. 1450 on soothing a teething baby. Apparently dog milk works, too.

The Last Headhunters: the Konyak Naga tribe no longer cuts off the heads of their enemies, but the oldest warriors carry the tattoos that recorded their victories.

25 Lost Survival Tips from 100 Years Ago – with Illustrations.

Could you get drunk from drinking a drunk person's blood?

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include early attempts to produce the flying car we were supposed to have by now, how to find out everything Google knows about you, barber pole history, and why we put candles on birthday cakes.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

How to become a mutant

Epic How To explains what mutations are and what you need to do to become a mutant.
Sometimes being human is hard. So why not be a mutant instead? Joe tells you everything you need to know to become the next X-Men.

Related - How To Live Forever:


Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday links





A collection of  rarely-used funny inventions from the past.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include Winston Churchill's "get out of prohibition free" doctor's note, the Floraphone (a WWI plan to turn trees into telephones), why we need a supervillain President, and  how monarch butterflies navigate.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Early attempts to produce the flying car we were supposed to have by now


Hobbes: "A new decade is coming up."

Calvin: "You call this the future?? HA! Where are the rocket packs? Where are the disintegration rays? Where are the flying cars?"

~ Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes (wiki) December 30, 1989

Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come. ~ Henry Ford, 1940 

By 1953 motor-cars will be obsolete, because aeroplanes will run along the ground as well as fly over it.
~ Sir Philip Gibbs,  1928.

Instead of a car in every garage, there will be a "copter". These tiny "copters", when school lets out, will fill the sky as the bicycles of our youth filled the prewar roads.
~ Harry Bruno, 1943

Weren't we supposed to have flying cars (wiki) by now? Below are some early attempts, and, per Forbes, there may be one available in 2017:

Nov 1947:


A ConVair Car Model 118 flying car during a test flight. The hybrid vehicle was designed by Theodore P. Hall for the Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Company of San Diego, California, but never went into production. A test pilot had to make a crash landing after the vehicle unexpectedly ran out of fuel — he'd been reading from the car's fuel gauge, not the plane's. 
 April 1924:
A car with wings and a propeller protruding from the radiator grille drives through Times Square, New York. It was the invention of A.H. Russell of Nutley, New Jersey.
Jan. 1946:

Ted Hall's NX59711. It had a top road speed of 60mph and flight speed of 110mph. Hall developed it as a design for paratroopers and commandos.
Lots more at Mashable, Daily Beast, and Smithsonian.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wednesday links


ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include inventions predicted by The Simpsons, weird epidemics that are still a mystery, the 100 year anniversary of Sykes-Picot, father builds robotic pancreas for his son, and what happens when you build a cube out of one way mirrors.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Winston Churchill's Doctor's Note Allowing Him to Drink "Unlimited" Alcohol in Prohibition America

Winston Churchill (wiki)  arrived in the United States for a long (40 stop) lecture tour in December of 1931, and shortly after his arrival was struck by a car while crossing the street. You can read the story here.

A cab carried him off to Lenox Hill Hospital where he was treated for a deep gash to the head, a fractured nose, fractured ribs, and severe shock. Churchill described how the accident came about:
In England we frequently cross roads along which fast traffic is moving in both directions. I did not think the task I set myself now either difficult or rash. But at this moment habit played me a deadly trick.
I no sooner got out of the cab somewhere about the middle of the road and told the driver to wait than I instinctively turned my eyes to the left. About 200 yards away were the yellow headlights of an approaching car. I thought I had just time to cross the road before it arrived; and I started to do so in the prepossession—wholly unwarranted— that my only dangers were from the left.
After two weeks in the hospital, where he managed to develop pleurisy in addition to his injuries, Churchill and his family headed to the Bahamas for some R&R. Six weeks after the accident, he resumed an reduced 14-stop version of the tour, despite his fears that he would prove unfit.

Dr. Otto Pickhardt, Lenox Hill’s admitting physician, came to the rescue by issuing Churchill the Get Out of Prohibition Free Pass, as pictured below. The text:
…the post-accident convalescence of the Hon. Winston S. Churchill necessitates the use of alcoholic spirits especially at meal times. The quantity is naturally indefinite but the minimum requirements would be 250 cubic centimeters.



Read Churchill’s “My New York Misadventure” in its entirety here.

Previous related posts and links:

Prohibition in the United States began on January 16, 1920 and ended on December 3, 1933.

March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech.

Churchill on Islam, and his "We shall fight on the beaches" speech.

Churchill on governmental redistribution.

Before there was Laffer: Churchill on the fiscal cliff..