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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Happy Memorial Day! Here's How To Make An American Flag Out Of Bacon

Ok, bacon lovers - this one's for you:



via Business Insider.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday links

24 of the Funniest Reviews Ever Posted to the Internet.

The Tactical Order of Dressing: An Illustrated Guide (as taught to military and emergency personnel).

Let's rank every X-Man ever. In a similar vein, here are all of the Godzilla kaiju (wiki).

The Pentagon is dead serious about its fake zombie apocalypse plan.

If Game Of Thrones Characters Were Drawn By Disney.

A Brief History of the Salem Witch Trials, which started in May 1692.

ICYMI, Thursday's links are here, and include the meanings behind beer label symbols, what each state Googles more than any other state (what's up with Texas and herpes, anyway?), and finalists for the best optical illusions of 2014.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

If "Game Of Thrones" Characters Were Drawn By Disney

For Game of Thrones fans:

Bran and Hodor
Daenerys and her dragon
Jon Snow and Ghost
Tyrion
Cersei
Previous posts:

Game of Thrones infographic chronology: 4 seasons of the 4 main families and the Night’s Watch.


Download 5 free Android apps, get a $10 Amazon Appstore Credit

At Amazon, get 1,000 Amazon Coins (they convert to a $10 Amazon Appstore Credit) when you download five select free Android apps. (If you've downloaded any of them before, you can "repurchase" it for the coin value to be added to your account.) 

The free apps, each with 200 coins (which translates to a $2 Amazon Credit):

Food Network In the Kitchen for Android 

Thursday links

The Meanings Behind the Weird Symbols on 20 Beer Labels.

Map: This is what each state Googles more than any other. Why are Texans are so worried about herpes, and Pennsylvanians about back shaving, and New Jersey residents about Teletubbies?
Crocodile Injured by Falling Accountant.

What if you were to somehow ignite the pollen (which is extremely flammable) that floats around in the air in spring?

More interesting than it sounds World War II training film: How to Evade Anti-Aircraft Fire.

Finalists for the best optical illusions of 2014.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, including a 1936 guide to the Art of Kissing, a Godzilla/Jurassic Park mashup, and bones from the (so far) biggest dinosaur ever.

Map: This is what each state Googles more than any other

It's hard to imagine that this is accurate, and even so it doesn't appear to list the most searched for terms in each state, but the top state in searching for those terms. As an example, the most searched for term is Texas is not "Do I Have Herpes", but people search for the term "Do I Have Herpes" from Texas more frequently than from any other state. Same with Pennsylvania and "Back Shaving". At least, that's my interpretation. Still, it's kinda fascinating to imagine why Texans are so worried about herpes, and Pennsylvanians about back shaving, and New Jersey residents about Teletubbies. 

You Can Learn A Lot About America From Each State's Internet Search History.


From real estate site Estately:
America’s fifty states have a lot in common, but if their internet search histories are any indication they also have significant differences. Estately ran hundreds of search queries through Google Trends to determine which words, terms, and questions each state was searching for more than any other. The results ranged from mildly amusing to completely disturbing. The results on the map above are just the tip of the online search iceberg. Check out what other search queries each state performed more of than any other in the list below…
A few of the states I found particularly interesting, either because I live there (Virginia), live close (DC, MD, WV), have relatives there (NY, FL, OR, NV), or just found the list of terms interesting:

CALIFORNIA: Alcoholics Anonymous / Bros Before Hos / Dandruff Cure / Food Poisoning / Google Glass / Kim Kardashian / Meat is Murder / Paris Hilton / Pokemon / Rogaine / What does Siri look like?

Analysis: California has a variety pack of issues.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Congressional Investigation / Lobbyist Jobs / C.I.A. / Hillary Clinton / Ronald Reagan / Republican Party / Democratic Party

FLORIDA: Alligator Wrestling / Botox / Eyebrow Piercing / Hulk Hogan / Juviderm / Lice / Mazda Miata / MDMA / Obamacare / Stand Your Ground / Swingers / Viagra / What is sarcasm?

Analysis: The only thing surprising about Florida’s search history is that it wasn’t even weirder.

ILLINOIS: Burrito / Deep Dish Pizza / Dennis Rodman (idiot) / Golf Injury / Oasis (band) / Pizza / Racist Jokes / Thin Crust Pizza / “Workaholics” (TV show)

Analysis: In Illinois, you get a free racist joke with the purchase of a large two-topping pizza.

MARYLAND: Crabs / David Hasselhoff / “House of Cards” (TV show) / Kickball / National Football League / Skate or Die / What is Twitter?

Analysis: David Hasselhoff? Is Maryland America’s Germany?

NEVADA: Bitcoin / Breast Implants / Gamblers Anonymous / Great White (band) / Guy Fiery (TV chef) / Online Poker / Quiet Riot (band) / Tattoo Removal

Analysis: The shallow hedonism that was the 1980s is alive and well in Nevada.

NEW JERSEY: Bon Jovi / Britney Spears / Cure for Baldness / Girdles / New Jersey Jokes / Pantaloons / Six Pack Abs / Teletubbies / Thumb Wrestling

Analysis: In New Jersey, nobody makes fun of your belly or bald spot when you’re the local thumb wrestling champ.

NEW YORK: Bail Money / Bed Bugs / Bill Maher (comedian) / Darwinism / Fur Coats / George Michael (singer) / Hangover Remedy / Marrying Cousin / Propecia / Sniffing Glue

Analysis: The saddest day in a New Yorker’s life is the day you raise bail money by selling your fur coat.

OREGON: Allah / Sex / Spork

Analysis: Somebody needs to go and check on Oregon.

PENNSYLVANIA: Back Shaving / Beer / Competitive Eating / Eagles (band) / Freedom / Furries / Heroin / Jello Wrestling / Madden NFL (video game) / Malt Liquor / “Married With Children” (TV show), Major League Baseball / National Hockey League / Online Dating / Oxycodone / Partying / Taylor Swift (singer) / What is ketchup?

Analysis: Might be time for the other state’s to organize an intervention for Pennsylvania.

TEXAS: Are dinosaurs real? / Are zombies real? / The Bill of Rights / Boogers / Calf Implants / Can dogs talk? / Chupacrabra / Curves International (company) / Do I have herpes? / Does beer make you fat? / Government Mind Control / How to cook meth? / How to sell your soul to the Devil? / Justin Bieber (singer) / Krunk / Meth Recipes / Porn / Purple Drank / Rodeo / Snake Bites / Tacos

Analysis: Texas asks a lot of questions, has a worrisome level of interest in crystal meth, and probably a sore that should be looked at by doctor, but the Lone Star State also has a boatload of tacos. So many delicious tacos.

VIRGINIA: Barney & Friends (TV show)/ Blackeyed Peas (music group) / Che Guevara / Evolution / Farmville / Shakira (singer)

Analysis: Virginia, I love you, you love the Blackeyed Peas, this is why we can’t be a family.

WEST VIRGINIA: Anarchy / Belly Button Piercing / Cat Videos / Conspiracy Theories / Ferrets / Ghosts / How to make moonshine? / Infected Piercing / Meat Loaf Recipe / Methadone / Nancy Grace / Scabies / Second Amendment / Steroids / Vampires / Who let the dogs out?

Analysis: If U.S. states were competing in “The Bachelor”, West Virginia would be the first to not receive a rose.

Go see the rest of the states at Estately, via Geekpress.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Life Hacks for Dogs





More at College Humor, via Pleated Jeans.

New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer

Based on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy (wiki) comics - the movie will be out in August. 
An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.


The voice of Rocket Raccoon is done by Bradley Cooper; Groot is voiced by Vin Diesel.

Previous post: This Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer is a hoot.

Tuesday links

The Art of Kissing: A 1936 Guide for Lovers.

Holy crap - look at the size of this bone: scientists have discovered the biggest dinosaur ever (so far).

A Retiree Digitizes 27 Million Old Newspaper Pages in His Living Room (and Libraries Fight to Catch Up).

Game of Thrones infographic chronology: 4 seasons of the 4 main families (Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen) and the Night’s Watch.

Peter Mayhew, the 7'3" actor who played Chewbacca, turns 70 years old today. Here are 15 Chewbacca Facts in Honor of His Birthday.

Godzilla Park, 2014 Godzilla Trailer Mashed Up with Footage From Jurassic Park.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, including the Great Sperm Race scaled to human size, cooking some of literature's most famous meals, and raising pigs to taste like whiskey.

World War II training film: How to Evade Anti-Aircraft Fire

Air Force training film in evasive maneuvers for bomber pilots to avoid being hit by anti-aircraft fire.

FlaK comes from the German word for Anti-aircraft gun - Flugabwehrkanone.

Game of Thrones infographic chronology: 4 seasons of the 4 main families and the Night’s Watch

For Game of Thrones fans - 4 seasons of the 4 main families (Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Targaryen) and the Night’s Watch. Possible spoilers, if you're running behind; this is updated after each episode.

Game of Thrones InfographicGame of Thrones Infographic

Game of Thrones Infographic by Fishfinger Creative Agency

Larger version (and original) here.

Previous posts:

Super Mario Game of Thrones.

Video: Hodor (Kristian Nairn) Describes His Awkward Game of Thrones Nude Scene.

Game of Goats, A Yelling Goats Version of the Game of Thrones Theme Song.

Game of Thrones Wine Map: The Wines of Westeros.

Supercut of pithy quotes from Game of Thrones, Seasons 1-3.

Fallen behind on Game of Thrones, or want a refresher before Season 4? All 3 seasons recapped in 9 minutes.

Game of Thrones: new trailer and an interview with the actors on who should end up on the iron throne.

Deleted And Extended Scenes From Game Of Thrones Season 3 (NSFW - language)

The Game of Thrones Travel Guide.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Peter Dinklage Summarizes Game of Thrones In 45 Seconds

For Game of Thrones fans:



Previous posts:

Super Mario Game of Thrones.

Video: Hodor (Kristian Nairn) Describes His Awkward Game of Thrones Nude Scene.

Game of Goats, A Yelling Goats Version of the Game of Thrones Theme Song.

Game of Thrones Wine Map: The Wines of Westeros.

Supercut of pithy quotes from Game of Thrones, Seasons 1-3.

Fallen behind on Game of Thrones, or want a refresher before Season 4? All 3 seasons recapped in 9 minutes.

Game of Thrones: new trailer and an interview with the actors on who should end up on the iron throne.

Deleted And Extended Scenes From Game Of Thrones Season 3 (NSFW - language)

The Game of Thrones Travel Guide.

Holy crap - look at the size of this bone: Biggest dinosaur ever discovered (update: more photos of big dino bones)

It's time to revise all of those dinosaur books once again - scientists in Argentina have uncovered the bones of a creature believed to be the world’s biggest dinosaur.

Based on its huge thigh bones, it was 130ft long and 65ft tall. Scientists believe it is a new species of titanosaur - an enormous herbivore dating from the Late Cretaceous period.

Fossilised bones of a dinosaur believed to be the largest creature ever to walk the Earth have been unearthed in Argentina, palaeontologists say.
The bones were initially discovered a year ago by a local farm worker in the desert near La Flecha, about 135 miles west of the Patagonian town of Trelew, and were this week excavated by a team of paleontologists. They unearthed the partial skeletons of seven individuals - about 150 bones in total - all in "remarkable condition".




This giant herbivore lived in the forests of Patagonia between 95 and 100 million years ago, based on the age of the rocks in which its bones were found. 

Argentinosaurus
Weighing in at 77 tons, it was as heavy as 14 African elephants, and 7 tons heavier than the previous record holder, Argentinosaurus, a similar type of sauropod, also discovered in Patagonia.

There have been many previous contenders for the mantle of the world’s largest dinosaur and some scientists say it is difficult to determine with any certainty which is the winner.

The Argentine researchers say the number of bones discovered give them enough material to be confident they have found “the big one”. This video describes how the creature's size and mass are calculated from the existing bones:


But while Dr. Paul Barrett, a dinosaur expert from London’s Natural History Museum, agreed the new species is “a genuinely big critter”, he cautioned that further research was needed before declaring the find the world’s biggest dinosaur.

Standing with its neck up, it was about 65ft high - equal to a 7 story building.