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Friday, May 30, 2014

Beer - is there anything it can't do? Here's ‘Billie Jean’ played on beer bottles

These guys call themselves The Bottle Boys, for obvious reasons.



via Laughing Squid.

Sharknado vs Godzilla: 40 Movies Made Better by Adding Godzilla

Cracked has 40 of these, although I found a lot of them pretty unimpressive. Here are a few favorites:






via Geekpress.

Friday links

Harpo Marx Naked (OK for work).

Kurt Vonnegut's May 29, 1945 letter home after imprisonment in an underground slaughterhouse during the Dresden bombing.

Squirrel Tissue in Buttock: until now "gross contamination of an open wound with squirrel flesh [was] an unreported event."

How to make your own wrist-mounted X-Men Pyro flamethrowers, Wolverine claws, and Magneto magnetic shoes.

5 Reasons Why Everyone is Suddenly Putting Butter In Their Coffee. In other news, apparently people are putting butter in their coffee.

33 Graphs That Reveal Painfully True Facts About Everyday Life.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, including a 3 minute time-lapse animated map of World War I, the history of tug-of-war fatalities, and an answer to the age old question: could you get drunk from drinking a drunk person's blood?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

How to make your own wrist-mounted X-Men Pyro flamethrowers, Wolverine claws, and Magneto shoes

For hard-core X-Men fans:

First of all, here's the inventor (Colin Furze), who had previously made a set of homemade Wolverine claws and a pair of magnetic Magneto shoes (see below), demonstrating the flamethrowers:



and the tutorial:



Here's a demo of the Wolverine claws:



and the tutorial:



And here he is walking on the ceiling with his homemade Magneto magnetic shoes:



And two tutorials - one for building the shoes and one for walking on the ceiling.  First, making the shoes:



and the ceiling walk:



Check out Colin's youtube channel - he seems to have a penchant for adding jet engines to things like bicycles and strollers.

via Laughing Squid.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday links

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

Gallery of vintage toy robots.

3 Minute Time-Lapse Animated Map of World War I (WW II takes 7 minutes), bonus Horrible History explanation.

How To Tell If You've Been Abducted By Aliens.

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

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

A History of Tug-of-War Fatalities.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include the science of Game of Thrones and of Bruce Lee's one inch punch, the 1940's plan to replace jockeys with robots, and ridiculous state fair foods.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

3 Minute Time-Lapse Animated Map of World War I (WW II takes 7 minutes), bonus Horrible History explanation

There seem to be a lot of World War I articles appearing recently, presumably as a lead-up to the centennial of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, 1914, the proximate cause of the beginning of the war. If you're interested in further information on the subject there are hundreds of books and films - the best books I know of (and I'm no expert) are Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August (this won a Pulitzer back when they meant something) and John Keegan's The First World War.

This animated map reflects the daily changes over the course of the war. I'd previously seen the WWII version (embedded below) but not this one.



Here's the The BBC’s Horrible Histories explanation of how the Brits got involved in WWI:



The Atlantic has a series of photoessays entitled World War I in Photos on various WWI topics - there will be ten of these, but they're not all available yet. Of those posted so far, I found technology and animals of particular interest.



Previous posts: Wilfred Owen, the best of the WWI "War Poets", was born 121 years ago today

Anoint the gums with the brains of a hare: advice from c. 1450 on soothing a teething baby

Andrea Mantegna, The Circumcision of Jesus 
(detail, c. 1461)
Old ways are always the best, right?

"Sometimes babies have trouble with teething. In that case you should squeeze the gums with your fingers, and gently massage them, and the palate as well. And you should anoint the gums with the brains of a hare (which are very suitable for this purpose), or with fat or butter or good-quality olive oil; and you should do this twice a day. The milk of a dog is suitable, too. It is also very helpful to use hen's fat for both anointing and massaging the gums." 

~Michele Savonarola, Ad mulieres ferrarienses (c. 1450)

From Ask The Past.


Previous posts: 

Advice from c. 530: How To Use Bacon, including for medicinal purposes such as "thick bacon, placed for a long time on all wounds, be they external or internal or caused by a blow, both cleanses any putrefaction and aids healing".

How to Stop Bleeding, 1664:
“To Stench a Bleeding Wound: Lay hogs Dung, hot from the Hog, to the Bleeding Wound.”
~Samuel Strangehopes, A Book of Knowledge in Three Parts (166[4])
Dubious medical device du jour - the prostate warmer.

Advice from 1380: How to Tell if Someone Is or Is Not Dead, with bonus Monty Python.

How to Slim Down in Fourteen Days: Advice from 1595.

Urine-drinking Hindu cult believes a warm cup before sunrise straight from virgin cow cures cancer, baldness.

The parabolic curve of caring what other people think, by age (NSFW)

 From The Oatmeal:

Is this advertising campaign intentionally or unintentionally gross?

I have to think intentionally on the part of the people who put it together, but unintentionally on the part of the clueless people who bought it for their business. 

I find myself wondering whether I'll ever be able to look at chili again and not think of it as lube.


via I am bored.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday links

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

Smoked Lizard on a Stick, Python Kebabs, Spam Curds, Hot Beef Sundaes and Pork Parfaits: ridiculous State Fair foods.

The Science of Bruce Lee's One-Inch Punch. Also in the science department: Valyrian steel, length of the seasons, dragon biology: The Science of Game of Thrones, bonus geological map.

Why Did Women Start Wearing Makeup?

For fans of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: don't panic - yesterday was Towel Day, but since you should always carry one, it's not to late to remember why.

The 1940s Plan to Replace Jockeys with Robots.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the tactical order of dressing (in case you need to jump out of bed and fight), the Pentagon's zombie apocalypse plan, and a guide to all of the Godzilla kaiju and X-men.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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

It's Towel Day, a day to honor the late Douglas Adams (wiki) and the first book of his 5-book "trilogy", The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (trailer for the movie version is below). The quote regarding the importance of always carrying a towel (I keep one in the trunk of my car):
A towel, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you)*; you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: nonhitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet-weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might have accidentally "lost.". What the strag will think is that any man that can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is." (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)
*Here's an animated version of "wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-boggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you):



Here's the trailer for the 2005 movie:



BT.com has a a non-hitchhiker’s guide to Towel Day.

Via Lemonly.com:


If you're a real Adams fan, check out this Kinja post on adaptations of some of his other works.

Valyrian steel, length of the seasons, dragon biology: The Science of Game of Thrones, bonus geological map

For Game of Thrones fans, Joe Hanson of It's OK To Be Smart (youtube channel) put together this excellent video about the science of Westeros. By the way, he refers to the name of the planet as Hodor - is that true?




Referred to in the video is this excellent map by Generation Anthropocene describing the geology of Game of Thrones - go there for a larger version and links to explanations of the geological events discussed:


Previous posts:

If Game Of Thrones Characters Were Drawn By Disney


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


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 Thronesnew 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.

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

Interesting that there really does seem to be some something of a genetic component that predisposes one (and I'm one!) to laziness; the opposite may be true, as well - per the video much of the information contained therein comes from The Sports Gene



via Geeks are Sexy.