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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Now, there's a Pop-Tart beer

I am not a beer person, but in my (admittedly limited) experience I've never heard of anyone wishing that their beer tasted more like a Pop-Tart.

From Fortune:
If you thought a beer based on Wheaties was offbeat, you ain’t seen nothing yet. San Francisco brewer 21st Amendment is upping the ante with Toaster Pastry, an India Red Ale that’s an homage to Pop-Tarts.
The beer will be released at the opening party for the brewery’s new facility in San Leandro on Aug. 29 – and the flavor is an homage to that facility’s former focus. Long before 21st Amendment moved in, the former Kellogg Co. factory was used to make Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts.
And this:
More cereal beers coming, too... How about a Count Chocula beer?
General Mills, which worked with Fulton Beer to launch HefeWheaties, has already got its next breakfast concoction in the works. Colorado’s Black Bottle Brewery will work with the company to bring back its Count Chocula-flavored beer next week.
The beer debuted last year, when Black Bottle employees bought pretty much every available box of the seasonal cereal from the Albertsons grocery store in Fort Collins, Co. to make the inaugural batch. (General Mills will supply the cereal to the brewer this year.)
The Count Chocula beer was hardly an aberration for the brewer. It’s Cerealiously line of beers has previous included Honey Bunches of Oats, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. (the brewer puts the cereal in a bag to prevent pieces from getting into the beer – in a procedure that’s similar to dry hopping.)
Read the whole thing at Fortune. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday links

The History Of Aliens In Film.

The surprisingly interesting history of the lightbulb.

National Geographic shows you how easily rats can swim up through your toilet.

Glass-Bottom “Sky Pool” Will Let You Swim 115 Feet Above London.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include Lewis and Clark's sketches, dancing sumo wrestlers, a Simpsons-inspired (all Ned) heavy metal band, and Genghis Khan, climate change hero.

NatGeo shows you how easily rats can swim up through your toilet

Afraid to go into the ocean after the first time you watched Jaws? This could have a similar effect, although it's largely an urban phenomenon. National Geographic shows just how easy it is for sewer rats to swim up through a toilet bowl. Their ribs are hinged at the spine, which makes it easy for them to travel through pipes and plumbing. Rats are also expert swimmers, they can hold their breath underwater for up to three minutes and can tread water for three days in a row.

via Laughing Squid

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The History Of Aliens In Film

Via Digg, a chronological supercut of movie aliens:

From their earliest cinematic appearance in Georges Méliès's "A Trip to the Moon" in 1902, our conception of life beyond Earth has changed to reflect our hopes and fears, the technology we've mastered, and our growing knowledge of the universe. Watch our depictions of extraterrestrial life change over nearly 100 
Full list of films:

(1902) A Trip to the Moon
(1922) Himmelskibet
(1924) Aelita
(1940) Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
(1951) The Day the Earth Stood Still
(1951) The Thing From Another World
(1953) The War of the Worlds
(1953) Abbott and Costello Go to Mars
(1956) Forbidden Planet
(1956) Invasion of the Body Snatchers
(1956) Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
(1957) 20 Million Miles To Earth
(1958) Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
(1959) The Angry Red Planet
(1967) Quatermass and the Pit
(1968) 2001: A Space Odyssey
(1968) Barbarella
(1968) Gamera vs Viras
(1971) The Andromeda Strain
(1972) Solaris
(1973) Fantastic Planet
(1976) The Man Who Fell to Earth
(1977) Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
(1977) Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1978) Superman
(1978) Invasion of the Body Snatchers
(1979) Alien
(1979) Star Trek: The Motion Picture
(1980) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
(1981) Heavy Metal
(1982) E.T. the Extra-Terrestria
(1982) The Thing
(1982) Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
(1983) Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
(1984) Starman
(1984) 2010
(1984) The Last Starfighter
(1984) Dune
(1985) Cocoon
(1985) Enemy Mine
(1986) Flight of the Navigators
(1986) Critters
(1987) Amazon Women on the Moon
(1987) Predator
(1987) Spaceballs
(1988) Alien Nation
(1988) They Live
(1988) The Blob
(1989) The Abyss
(1990) Total Recall
(1993) Coneheads
(1194) Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla
(1994) Stargate
(1995) Species
(1996) The Arrival
(1996) Independence Day
(1996) Space Jam
(1996) Mars Attacks
(1997) Starship Troopers
(1997) Men in Black
(1997) The Fifth Element
(1997) Contact
(1998) The X Files
(1998) The Faculty
(1998) Dark City
(1998) Lost in Space
(1998) The Shadow Men
(1999) Galaxy Quest
(1999) Muppets from Space
(2000) Pitch Black
(2000) Mission to Mars
(2001) K-PAX
(2002) Signs
(2002) Men in Black 2
(2003) Dreamcatcher
(2004) The Chronicles of Riddick
(2005) War of the Worlds
(2005) Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
(2005) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
(2006) Slither
(2007) The Mist
(2007) Transformers
(2007) Spider-Man 3
(2008) Cloverfield
(2009) Avatar
(2009) Star Trek
(2009) District 9
(2009) Monsters vs. Aliens
(2011) Super 8
(2011) Cowboys and Aliens
(2011) Paul
(2011) Battle: Los Angeles
(2011) Attack the Block
(2012) Prometheus
(2013) Star Trek Into Darkness
(2013) Pacific Rim
(2014) Edge of Tomorrow
(2014) Guardians of the Galaxy

Meet the villains - a supercut of movie villains

NSFW language

Order of appearance.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday links

The real housewives of ancient Egypt: an eight foot long prenup.

Lewis And Clark’s Sketches Of The Animals They Encountered On Their Journey.

Glee, the sumo version - check out the dancing sumo wrestlers.

15 Centuries-Old Board Games.

Simpsons-Inspired Heavy Metal Band Okilly Dokilly Consists Of 5 Neds.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the Japanese surrender that ended World War II, Churchillian insults, sneaky dogs, drunk history, and Yelp reviews of newborn babies.

Monday, August 17, 2015

August 18 is the anniversary of the death of Genghis Khan: founder of Mongolian Empire, prolific spreader of DNA, and climate change hero

Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail
Our lion will now foreign foes assail.
~John Dryden (Astraea Redux)

Heaven has abandoned China owing to its haughtiness and extravagant luxury. But I, living in the northern wilderness, have not inordinate passions. I hate luxury and exercise moderation. I have only one coat and one food. I eat the same food and am dressed in the same tatters as my humble herdsmen. I consider the people my children*, and take an interest in talented men as if they were my brothers. We always agree in our principles, and we are always united by mutual affection. At military exercises I am always in front, and in time of battle am never behind. In the space of seven years, I have succeeded in accomplishing a great work, and uniting the whole world in one empire. 

The greatest pleasure is to vanquish your enemies and chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth and see those dear to them bathed in tears, to ride their horses, and clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.**

John Wayne as Genghis
One arrow alone can be easily broken, but many arrows are indestructible. 
~Genghis Khan (variously attributed) 

Today is the anniversary of the death of Genghis Khan (wiki) (ca. 1162-1227), the founder and emperor of the Mongol Empire, the largest contiguous empire in history. Born in the Khenti Mountains of modern-day Mongolia, Genghis rose to power amid a grouping of warring tribes in northwest Asia and eventually united them into a powerful nomadic army that conquered most of the Chin empire of northern China (1213-15). Subsequently, from 1218 through 1224, he subjugated Turkistan, Transoxonia, and Afghanistan and raided Persia and eastern Europe. (For a generation after his death, his sons and grandsons pushed the Empire even farther, but ultimately, it fractured into several khanates and faded away.) Genghis Khan was one of history's most inspired - and ruthless - military leaders, yet he is buried in an unmarked grave at some unknown location. At one point in his ascendancy he is said to have remarked, 

"Conquering the world on horseback is easy: it is dismounting and governing that is hard."

Conan, not Ghengis
**This is the origin of the similar line in Conan the Barbarian (musical version here): when Conan is asked what is best in life, he responds. "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

*Many of the people, as it turns out, were his children. Here is an interesting article about the latter-day demographics that resulted from the Mongol conquest:
Genghis Khan, the fearsome Mongolian warrior of the 13th century, may have done more than rule the largest empire in the world; according to a recently published genetic study, he may have helped populate it too.
An international group of geneticists studying Y-chromosome data have found that nearly 8 percent of the men living in the region of the former Mongol empire carry y-chromosomes that are nearly identical. That translates to 0.5 percent of the male population in the world, or roughly 16 million descendants living today.
Mother Nature Network considers him a climate change hero, based on the fact that he killed lots of people (and people are a scourge upon the earth):
"Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world's total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests."
Not sure why they left out Stalin and Mao.

This map from Wikipedia shows the growth of the Mongol Empire:

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Dude! Glee, the sumo version: check out the dancing sumo wrestlers

Here's a gif, but see the whole video below.

via Kotaku:
Taiwan’s Lin Yu-chun, famous-ish on Japanese TV, apparently, for his rendition of “I Will Always Love You”, is starring in a new Japanese drama for streaming service dTV. Called Dosu-koi Musical, the show is like Glee meets sumo wrestling. According to Pouch, Lin plays a Taiwanese exchange student who is bullied because of his weight and decides to join the university sumo team.