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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Just released: Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Watch full screen. Game of Thrones season 5 starts on tax day (April 15).



Previous posts:


Great Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Visual Effects From Game of Thrones Season 4




For $20K, Game of Thrones Author Will Write You Into Future Novel Then Kill You Off

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

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.

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

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.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A Map of Every Goat in the United States, with bonus goat-related links

At WaPo:
There were 2,621,514 goats in the United States as of 2012, the year of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census. If America's goats were their own state, its population would be larger than that of Wyoming, Vermont, D.C. and North Dakota -- combined. This is what all those goats look like on a map.
America's goat population is heavily concentrated in the Southwest, Texas in particular. Nearly 80 percent of America's goats are raised for meat. Sixteen percent are raised for milk, with the remaining 6 percent is comprised of Angora goats raised for mohair.
You'll find commercial goat farms operating in 2,996 of the country's 3,143 counties. Of the top ten goat-producing counties, 8 are in Texas and two are in Arizona. In Sutton County, Texas, goats outnumber people 14-to-1. In Edwards County, also in Texas, the ratio is 22-to-1. All in all, goats outnumber people in 21 U.S. counties, all but one of which are in Texas. 
And, because no post about goats is complete without it, here's the supercut of goats yelling like humans (Turn the sound down but not off):



Apparently "Goat Arousal Expert" is a real job.


How Mariah Carey makes goats produce more milk.

Punxsutawney Phil has been correct 39% of the time since 1887

Groundhog Day (wiki) dates back to 1887 when Clymer H. Freas, city editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit, began promoting Punxsutawney's groundhog as the official Groundhog Day meteorologist. Records have been kept fairly regularly since the tradition began showing the ground-dweller's predictions. However, the National Climactic Data Center (NCDC),which has much more information, has also been keeping its records quite closely, and the results might disappoint Punxsutawney fans.

According to the NCDC the data "shows no predictive skill for the groundhog during the most recent years of this analysis. Since 1993, the U.S. national temperature has been above normal 11 times in February, 12 times in March, below normal 6 times in February, 3 times in March, and near normal 3 times in February and 5 times in March." Moreover according to Stormfax, Punxsutawney Phil has been correct just 39 percent of the time since the first recorded Groundhog Day in 1887.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

How To Fight A Baby. Also, how many 5 year olds could you take in a fight?



Apparently, even though I'm old, slow and out of shape my willingness to fight dirty upped my score quite a bit. For example, one of the questions I answered in the affirmative was, 
"During the fight, would you feel morally comfortable picking up a child and using him/her as a weapon to throw at other children?"

Monday, January 26, 2015

This high school teacher is so much cooler than any you had

Scot Pankey is the theater teacher at A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School — and the co-star and director of the video you’ll find below, in which Pankey and his students dance around the school to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk".

He decided to make this their first project of the new year. And he told his students — from six different theater classes — that he’d do it with them … if they’d let him.


Original music video from the song. if you're interested:


Monday links


Why Do Sneezes Come In Twos and Threes?

Death-Defying Photos Of Skyscraper Construction Workers Goofing Around.

Scots, wha hae - yesterday was Robert Burns birthday. Here's a bio, poems, Burns Supper instructions, and lots of haggis.

Gallery of awkward mascots.

The Origin and Trademarking of “Couch Potato”.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include 100 year old PSAs on movie theater etiquette, repairing a $12 million Monet after it was punched, processing 31 rolls of undeveloped film taken by a WWII soldier, and the history of horsemeat eating in America.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Obama reacts to Netanyahu invite: cartoon of the day

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via @AnneBayefsky

Who Would Win? A Fire-Breathing Dragon Or An AH-64 Apache Helicopter

From the Smithsonian Channel:
It's a battle of the beasts in this web-only original short! The mythic dragon takes on a lethal AH-64 Apache helicopter. Will a laser-guided missile, chain gun, or warhead have any effect on this fire-breathing legend?
Related to their Air Warriors series: