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Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday links

Where Do Dogs Come From? Related: Dog picture of the day - Cornered.

The National Archives Released A Free Coloring Book Of Weird Patents.

The 2016 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Recapped in 4 Minutes.

Russians Built A Turbojet Train In The 1960s.

ICYMI, Wednesday's links are here, and include pawn shop economics, why we yell Geronimo when we jump out of planes, the grid system (that never happened) for London after the Great Fire, the c. 1275 miraculous transplantation of a leg, and pizza that can last 3 years.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Dog picture of the day - Cornered

Best dog photo I've seen in a while. ;-)


Chinese restaurant menu of the day (and a few extras)

I was planning on posting just this first picture (from BadMenu), but I made the mistake of looking further, and couldn't resist:

Not a translation fail, but I don't know what the hell this is about:

Want more? Google search for similar images.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The 2016 Oscar Best Picture Nominees Recapped in 4 Minutes

Warning - Spoilers and NSFW language:

Digg put this together, saving you from wasting hours of your life watching these (mostly) crap sandwiches:
There are eight films up for Best Picture this year, and realistically, who has time to watch all these things? Our cheeky summary will help you pretend to know what these movies were about.

The films:

Here's last year's version: 2015 Year’s Best Picture #Oscar Nominees, In Under 4 Minutes

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

A TED-Ed video - this is the description:
Physicist Werner Heisenberg* (wiki) said, “When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.” As difficult as turbulence is to understand mathematically, we can use art to depict the way it looks. Natalya St. Clair illustrates how Van Gogh captured this deep mystery of movement, fluid and light in his work.

*My favorite (and only) Heisenberg joke:
Heisenberg is driving down the road (possibly in New Jersey) when he gets pulled over by a cop.
Cop: "Excuse me, Sir, but do you know how fast you were going?"
Heisenberg: "Why, no, Officer. But I know where I am."

Wednesday links

Geronimo died on this day in 1909 - history, quotes, and why we yell his name when we jump out of planes.

Great Fire: the grid system for London that never happened.

The c. 1275 miraculous transplantation of a leg.

The Economics of Pawn Shops

U.S. Army Develops Pizza That Can Last For Three Years.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include a set of extremely awkward glamour photos, what to do if both your pilots die on a 737, an almost vertical bridge in Japan, anatomical diagrams made from candy, and advice from 1849: start a fight with your wife using these 3 simple tricks.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tuesday links

These awkward glamour photos will make you cringe (and smile).

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and are all related to Valentine's Day: history, music, a bit of cynicism, geeky, vintage and racist cards, and aphrodisiac cocktails.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Awkward glamour photos

There are approximately a billion of these available online: I ran out of time/energy to choose the best, so if you find better examples of the genre, feel free to link to them in the comments.

Related post: These awkward Christmas photos are a hoot

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Holy Crap worst Valentine's Day card ever, plus plenty of racist runners-up

Happy Valentine's Day! If you think that race relations haven't improved in the U.S., take a look at what used to be mainstream. Apologies in advance if you're offended:

And some disturbing runners-up:

A couple from the Religion of Peace (which doesn't, in real life, believe in celebrating Valentine's Day):

And a couple of rather odd Valentine advertisements:

Where to go for dinner:

Here's a collection of vintage meat and weapons-related cards, and lots more Valentine's Day links.