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Friday, March 6, 2015

Imagining MSM reactions if Republican equivalent of Hilary ran their own email server: here's a supercut of heads exploding

Here's a head-exploding supercut:



If you really like this subject, this purports to be a Top Ten countdown of exploding heads, although many of the movies are low-budget 80's flicks I never heard of. It does end with the all time greatest head explosion, though - the one from Scanners, which is posted separately below:



The Scanners head explosion:



And even though it's not strictly an explosion, my favorite has to be the Nazi face-melting from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark:



Here's how to do the face-melting yourself, with a budget of $35:

Friday links

Got restless kids at stuck in the house recovering from snowy activities? Here's a roundup of links about snow - all kid-friendly.

Your Favorite Car Brand Histories, Illustrated With Just the Front Grill.

Eerie pictures of the abandoned New York leper colony.

These 3D Optical Illusion Body Paintings are rather impressive.

What 170-Year-Old Beer Uncovered From a Shipwreck Really Tasted Like.

The Weird World of Standard Reference Materials, From That $761 Jar of Peanut Butter to Whale Blubber

ICYMI, Thursday's links are here, and include a history of impractical weapons of war, how cutlery affects out sense of taste, Sharknado 3 with Ann Coulter as VP, and what happens when a bunch of men pee on a beehive (hint: the bees attack the first body part they see).

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Roundup of links about snow - all kid-friendly

Grandkids have a snow day (yet again) and are restless, so I put together a bunch of the snow-related stuff I've either posted or linked to over the last few years. 


Scenes From the History of Snow Removal. Related; Do You Want To Build a Snowman? Physics Can Help.


Useful information these days: How to Rebuild and Repair Vintage Snowshoes. Related: Snowshoe art, and Trampled Snow Art. More here.

Star Wars snowflakes as free printable PDFs.




Amazing Snow Sculptures at The 2015 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.

Thursday links


The "Monty Hall problem" (what's behind door #3?): The Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman. Sasha Volokh recently wrote on his "easy" take on the same problem.

How Cutlery Affects Our Sense of Taste.

Sharknado 3 will be set in DC and have Ann Coulter as VP, Marc Cuban as Prez.


The 8 year old girl who gets gifts from birds.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include Dr. Seuss's book of nudes (The Seven Lady Godivas), the history of wind chill, why female superheroes wear skimpy armor, and hacking to remotely disable cars.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Fortune cookie of the day


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Sharknado 3 will be set in DC and have Ann Coulter as VP, Marc Cuban as Prez

My favorite quote from Finn in Sharknado 2:
“I know you’re scared. I’m scared, too. They’re sharks. They’re scary. Nobody wants to be eaten. But I’ve been eaten! And I’m here to tell you that I’m still standing. It takes more than that to bring a good man down."
Sharknado was, of course, set in LA, and Sharknado 2: The Second One took place in Manhattan. Sharknado 3 will be set, at least partly, in DC, then the good times will head down the east coast. 

Presumably the fight will get easier once they leave DC and head south through Virginia, since there are only a handful of legal (civilian) guns in DC and they're impossible to buy (legally). They did overcome a similar problem in New York, but DC is even worse.

By the way, as you scoff at the concept, bear in mind that there are (at least) five actual instances of animal tornadoes, including Gatornado.

On Monday, it was announced that the stunt-casting for Sharknado 3 includes Dallas Mavericks-owning businessman Mark Cuban and the conservative pundit Ann Coulter, who will be playing the President of the United States and the Vice President, respectively. Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, and ‘NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick are also set to appear. (Representatives for the film are also trying to cast “select recognizable Senators and Congressmen, and a few others like Colin Powell and Oliver North,” Politico reports.)
Sharknado 3 will premiere on Syfy in July. 

Re making Coulter the fictional Vice President:
“She has a lot of people talking about her, both positively and negatively, and a lot of fans,” the rep said. “She is certainly a notable political figure. We wanted to cast people who would be known in DC, not just Hollywood.”
A clip from the second movie:


Too late for Valentine's Day, but for the next appropriate occasion (or just because you want one), here's a Sharknado Action Figure.

Related posts:

Sharknado 2: The Second One premiers tonight on SyFy. Here's everything you need to get ready


This will be bigger than Sharknado: Monster vs Machine - Mega Shark Vs Mecha Shark (Trailer)

Old and busted: Sharknado. New and hot: SharkNATO


Men Pee On Beehive, Bees React, Targeting The First Human Body Parts They See

I wouldn't be shocked to hear that alcohol was involved. 

Via Metro:

Winnie The Pooh was not involved in this
 incident, but frequently pisses off bees. image source
You would think most people don’t need to be told not to wee on beehives.

Apparently we expected too much from several bus passengers who received several bee stings to their private parts recently after their bus pulled over at the side of the road to allow male passengers to relieve themselves.

One of them thought it would be a good idea to wee on a hive swarming with bees, at which point… well, you can guess what happened.

According to medics 22 people had been attacked by the bees after stopping to relieve themselves on a highway in the central province of Quang Ngai in Vietnam.

Three of those stung had to be kept in hospital for observation after suffering swollen body parts and a high fever.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monday links

For his birthday: Dr. Seuss's Little-Known Book of Nudes: The Seven Lady Godivas, plus bonus Seuss links including his "new" book.

Popular Mechanics has the Ridiculous History of Wind Chill.

The Evolution of McDonalds' Grimace: Criminal Mastermind or Lovable Fool?

This Comic Reveals Why Female Superheroes Wear Skimpy Armor.

The time a hacker remotely disabled cars in Texas.

Dead Puerto Rican man is propped up, dressed in Green Lantern costume for his wake. Not the best choice of superhero.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include why coffee makes you poop, an ancient Babylonian customer service complaint inscribed on a clay tablet, how NORAD almost started WWIII (in 1979) with a simulation, and advice from 1713 on sweet-talking your man.

Dr. Seuss's Little-Known Book of Nudes: The Seven Lady Godivas (SFW), plus his new book

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) (wiki), better known as "Dr. Seuss" was born on arch 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Here's the story of one of his lesser-known masterpieces; I think that Ladies Godiva, rather than Lady Godivas, is probably grammatically correct, but what the heck.

Unlike the rest of Dr. Seuss's oeuvre, the Lady Godiva book was racy. Publishers’ Weekly wrote of it:
Originally published in 1939, this revisionist farce attempts to rectify the “shameful” story of “a big blond nude trotting around the town on a horse” and Peeping Tom, the “illicit snooper.” The frothy, historical romp presents seven Lady Godivas (Ladies Godiva?) whose father, the Lord of Coventry, is thrown from a horse and killed. The noble daughters vow to postpone their marriages to the seven Peeping brothers until they discover “some new and worthy Horse Truth, of benefit to man.” This gives Seuss the opportunity to contrive the origins of such wisdoms as, “Don’t put the cart before the horse.”
Wrote the author in the preface:
A beautiful story of love, honor and scientific achievement has too long been gathering dust in the archives.
The book, however, was a complete flop. Ten thousand copies were printed on the first run, and only about 2,500 were sold. The Seven Lady Godivas eventually went out of print, causing Geisel to later say:
I attempted to draw the sexiest babes I could, but they came out looking absurd.


See more, including the rest of the artwork, at Brain Pickings.

From What Pet Should I Get, to be released summer 2015

This is Ann... she drinks blood! Dr Seuss Does Malaria.

Private Snafu: The World War II Propaganda Cartoons Created by Dr. Seuss, Frank Capra, and Mel Blanc.