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Friday, March 11, 2016

Daylight Saving Time: Here's DST history (including Ben Franklin's proposal), stories and video

My favorite DST story - this guy got two DUIs an hour apart at the same time:
The end of daylight saving time caused a unique situation in Urbana on Sunday morning.
Police there arrested a man twice in one day, but at the same exact time.
Chief Matt Lingrell explained that Niles Gammons of Urbana was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated at 1:08 a.m., then released with a summons to appear in court this week. An hour later, it was again 1:08 a.m. and police caught Gammons driving under the influence once again.
Also:

Here are excerpts from John Miller's classic rant at NRO:
Can we please slow down and get something straight? There is simply no way to “save daylight.” People can spin the hands of their clocks like roulette wheels, but come Monday here in Washington, D.C., we’re still going to have sunshine for about 12 hours and 45 minutes. The sun can rise at a time of day we call dawn or Howdy Doody Time or whatever–but the stubborn facts of astronomy are at work here and they can’t be wished away.
The reason we have Daylight Saving Time (DST), of course, is because the politicians have mandated it. Washington is much better at wasting things than saving them, but federal lawmakers nevertheless spent much of the 20th century insisting, with typical modesty, that they could “save daylight.” 
I recently wondered exactly why we observe Daylight Saving Time (DST). For some reason, I had harbored a vague notion that it had to do with farmers.
Well, it turns out that DST had nothing to do with farmers, who traditionally haven’t cared much for it. They care a lot less nowadays, but when the first DST law was making its way through Congress, farmers actually lobbied against it.


Dairy farmers were especially upset because their cows refused to accept humanity’s tinkering with the hands of time. The obstinate cud-chewers wanted to be milked every twelve hours, and had absolutely no interest in resetting their biological clocks–even if the local creameries suddenly wanted their milk an hour earlier.
As Michael Downing points out in his book, Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time, urban businessmen were a major force behind the adoption of DST in the United States. They thought daylight would encourage workers to go shopping on their way home. They also tried to make a case for agriculture, though they didn’t bother to consult any actual farmers. One pamphlet argued that DST would benefit the men and women who worked the land because “most farm products are better when gathered with dew on. They are firmer, crisper, than if the sun has dried the dew off.” At least that was the claim of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, chaired by department-store magnate A. Lincoln Filene. This was utter nonsense. A lot of crops couldn’t be harvested until the morning dew had evaporated. What’s more, morning dew has no effect whatsoever on firmness or crispness.
Perhaps farmers should take one for the team–i.e., put up with DST even though they don’t like it because it keeps city cash registers chinging into the twilight. Yet the contention that DST is good for business is doubtful. It may help some businesses, but it also stands to reason that other ones suffer. If people are more likely to browse the racks at Filene’s Basement in the daylight, then they’re probably also less likely to go to the movies or take-out restaurants. And in the morning, when it’s darker during rush hour, commuters are perhaps disinclined to stop at the corner store for a newspaper or the coffee bar for a latte. Although it’s impossible to know the precise economic effects of DST, any attempt to calculate them carries the malodorous whiff of industrial policy.
Read the whole thing.
Here's a recording of an anti-DST song from 1909 entitled We Don't Want More Daylight.

Some general information about the history of and rationale for DST.

Video: The history and effects of DST:


Daylight Saving -The Movie (because twice a year, there comes a time when... time doesn't come):



Ben Franklin’s satirical proposal of something like daylight saving time is an excellent read.

Irish bomber accidentally blows himself up because he forgot about Daylight Saving Time.

Friday links


Watch Out For Exploding Killer Lakes.

All You Need to Dupe a Fingerprint Sensor Is Paper, Conductive Ink, and an Inkjet Printer.

Physiognomy of eyebrows: lots of eyebrow interpretation advice from the 16th century.

The (Court-Ordered) Unmasking of the Lone Ranger


ICYMI, Thursday's links are here and include a gallery of construction photos from the 1881-1895 building of London's Tower Bridge, the global Scotch shortage, the science of why dogs smell each other's butts, the history of perfume, and, for Chuck Norris' birthday, a supercut of his best kicks, clips of his most badass movies, and a set of Norrisms. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mythbusters just ended - here's a "best of" supercut

After 12 years and almost 300 episodes, the Mythbusters has ended. Here's an excellent supercut that reminds us why the show was awesome. The clips are without context, so they're mostly just explosions. Watch full screen:



MythBusters Series Finale Video from Thomas Crenshaw on Vimeo.

Related: The Physics of (crash test  dummy) Buster’s Epic End in the MythBusters Finale.

via Gizmodo.

Map of the United Repositioned States

Randall Munroe rearranged the states without compromising the general shape of the U.S.:


I highly recommend Munroe's books - I've given out several and they're consistently a big hit.

New "Captain America: Civil War" trailer (including Spiderman)

Captain America: Civil War is schedule for release on May 06, 2016. Apparently the civil war aspect describes a split in the Avengers between those (led by Captain America) who want to remain autonomous and those (led by Iron Man) who want government oversight.

Watch full screen. This is the second trailer - the first is below.



Marvel's synopsis of the plot
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Here's the first trailer:

The Tactical Order of Dressing: An Illustrated Guide (as taught to military and emergency personnel)

“Place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark.”

Robert A. Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazarus Long



Via Art of Manliness comes this useful post:
If you were suddenly awoken in the middle of the night and needed to go outside to fight off a threat or evacuate from your home, in what order would you don your clothes? Does it matter?
Military and emergency personnel are often taught a specific order in which to put on their clothes that is most efficient and effective. On ITS Tactical, Bryan Black shared the order of dressing he picked up in BUD/s: First you pull on your pants, because you’re going to need something to protect your lower body from brush, debris, hot shell casings, and what have you. Then you’ll put on your boots. If you’re not going far, you might be able to get by in barefeet, but you’ll need to be shod if you’ll be moving out over rough terrain. 
David Guttenfelder. AP
Whether you put on socks or not is dependent on how much time you have; if seconds matter, you can go without. In boots and pants you’re pretty well set. If you have time, you grab a shirt too.
Of course, if a threat is truly imminent, you may need to face it down in whatever it is you wore (or didn’t wear) to bed. Like this soldier in Afghanistan who was roused from sleep by enemy fire on his post in eastern Afghanistan, and took on the enemy in his pink “I Love New York” boxers.

More at the Art of Manliness blog.

Related posts:

Because it's important to always be battle-ready: How to Poop Like a Samurai.

Dave Barry's Manliness Manifesto is a hoot.

3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated Guide.

Thursday links

It's Chuck Norris' birthday: his 5 most badass movies and a bunch of Norris "facts" plus a supercut of Chuck Norris's best kicks. Related: UK scientists recreated Neanderthal man, who looks just like Chuck Norris.

Gallery of construction photos from 1881-1895: Building London's Tower Bridge.

Inside the Global Scotch Shortage.

Science: Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts?

Our Pungent History: Sweat, Perfume, and the Scent of Death.

Toilet Seat Scale Tells You How Much Weight Is Lost After You Take A Dump.

ICYMI: Tuesday's links are here, and include a 1953 film explaining how mechanical (pre microchip) computers worked, old English words we should still use, the story behind Strawberry Fields Forever, and the last generation of typewriter repairmen.

It's Chuck Norris' birthday: 5 most badass movies and a bunch of Norris "facts"

I'm not going to try to recount Chuck Norris' entire biography here - go to Wikipedia for that. A couple of excerpts:

Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist and actor. After serving in the United States Air Force, he began his rise to fame as a martial artist, and has since founded his own school, Chun Kuk Do, which is based primarily on Tang Soo Do and includes elements from every combat style he knows. Like many other martial arts, Chun Kuk Do includes a code of honor and rules to live by. These rules are from Chuck Norris's personal code. They are:
  1. I will develop myself to the maximum of my potential in all ways.
  2. I will forget the mistakes of the past and press on to greater achievements.
  3. I will continually work at developing love, happiness and loyalty in my family.
  4. I will look for the good in all people and make them feel worthwhile.
  5. If I have nothing good to say about a person, I will say nothing.
  6. I will always be as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.
  7. I will maintain an attitude of open-mindedness.
  8. I will maintain respect for those in authority and demonstrate this respect at all times.
  9. I will always remain loyal to my God, my country, family and my friends.
  10. I will remain highly goal-oriented throughout my life because that positive attitude helps my family, my country and myself
Here's his website: ChuckNorris.com. So, the movies:

Way of the Dragon (1972)


The Octagon (1980)


Silent Rage (1982)


Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)


Missing in Action (1984)


Have a different favorite?  Link to it in the comments.

Some Chuck Norris-isms:

Chuck Norris' tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried. Ever.

Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

Chuck Norris doesn’t call the wrong number, you answer the wrong phone.

Chuck Norris lost his virginity before his dad did.

When Chuck Norris crosses the street the cars have to look both ways.

Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience.

Once a cobra bit Chuck Norris’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.

Chuck Norris sleeps with a pillow under his gun.

Chuck Norris ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.

Chuck Norris can strangle you with a cordless phone.

Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.

Chuck Norris has counted to infinity. Twice.

Crop circles are Chuck Norris' way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie the f*** down.

The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Chuck Norris out. It failed miserably.

The quickest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris' fist.

Neanderthal Chuck Norris
Previous post: UK scientists recreated Neanderthal man, who looks just like Chuck Norris.

More Norris-isms here and here.

More information at his websiteBiography.com, Wikipedia, and IMDB

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Sharknado 4 Cast Includes Gary Busey

Sharknado fans, Syfy and The Asylum announced today that Ian Ziering will be back in Sharknado 4 (working title), reprising his role as shark-fighting hero Fin Shepard. Tara Reid is set to return as his wife April Wexler, at least for long enough to  to reveal the outcome of the fan-voted #AprilLives or #AprilDies social campaign. I can imagine that she didn't get voted off. Gary Busey will play April's father.

The trailer below was released at the time of Sharknado 3 - I haven't seen a new one yet.


via EW

Related:


Beyond Sharknado - here's a trailer for Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre (because fracking!)

Because it's almost time for Father's Day (or just because you want one), here's a Sharknado Action Figure.

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

Sharknado 2: The Second One 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.


Video: Ostrich Chases Bicyclists in South Africa

Oleksiy Mishchenko, of Zurich, Switzerland used a GoPro camero to capture an ostrich chasing his two companions on a a bike ride in South Africa. Per HuffPo:
"It was a little scary at first, but then I thought I gonna fell of my bike from laughter," he wrote in the video's description. "The ostrich didn't have any problem to keep up at 50km/h (31 mph) and apparently they do 70km/h (43 mph) with no sweat."
Ostriches can indeed hit that top speed. According to the National Wildlife Foundation, they can even run for 10 miles straight at a steady 30 miles per hour.

Supercut of Chuck Norris's best kicks

Here's Chuck Norris (wiki) kicking everything:



Related:

It's Chuck Norris's birthday: 5 most badass movies and a bunch of Norris "facts".

UK scientists recreated Neanderthal man, who looks just like Chuck Norris.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday links


The Spite House, an Architectural Phenomenon Built on Rage and Revenge.

This 1953 Film Perfectly Explains How Mechanical Computers Worked Before We Had Microchips.



Meet the Last Generation of Typewriter Repairmen.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include Oregon Trail for Adults, a declassified CIA assassination manual from 1953, what it's like to live in the town where The Walking Dead is filmed, and cities in Russia what no one is allowed to go.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Deadpool's PSA on testicular cancer - Gentlemen, Touch Yourself Tonight

UK organization Ballboys has apparently partnered with Deadpool (wiki) creator 20th Century Fox to "raise awareness and educate the population (not just the guys) on the facts, figures and issues of testicular cancer."

Ballboys is a charity that raise's awareness and educate's the population (not just the guys) on the facts, figures and issues of testicular cancer. We provide easy access to resources and information to anyone who is concerned about, or directly affected by testicular cancer.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men aged 15-49 years old, but it is one of the most curable cancers if detected early. 
Our aim is to educate men everywhere on how to check themselves for signs of testicular cancer and what to do next if worried.

Apocalypse on March 8, 2016, freak supermoon, eclipse and asteroid on same day 'signal end of world'

Apocalypse alert: There are lots of survival guides out there, although they probably won't be of much use if the earth actually implodes.

On March 8 asteroid TX 68, a 30-metre long lump of space rock, is due to whistle past Earth as close as 19,000 miles away. 

But doom mongers are not convinced it will miss us with fears we won't be able to see it because it will be obscured by the sun.

The looming event has sent online doomsday predictors into a frenzy, particularly as NASA admits it is uncertain of the orbital path and has given estimates as close as 19,000 miles away to as far as 11 million miles.

Lots more at UK Express.

Related posts and links (mostly zombie related, but an apocalypse is an apocalypse, amiright?):



Parody of "The Producers: “Trumped" Starring Matthew Broderick & Nathan Lane

From the Jimmy Kimmel show last week:
From the producers who brought you The Producers (wiki), #Trumped is a new musical starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman and the unlikely candidate himself, Donald Trump.


DaTechGuy makes some excellent points:
Isn’t the “Plan” being listed pretty much what happened with Jeb Bush and to a lesser degree Rick Perry and Chris Christie? A candidate that wasn’t going to win that raised tens of millions dollars from a lot of suckers that made said consultants rich?
...But in the end compared to Mike Murphy Bialystok & Bloom are pikers.
...Given what we’ve seen this skit could have easily been made in 2008 about Obama, but the makers would never have the guts

Monday links

Oregon Trail for Adults adds in the not-so-pleasant parts of life on the trail.


What it's like to live in the town where they shoot The Walking Dead.

Supercut: Cursing Without Cursing (because if you want a PG rating, you have to be creative).


There Are Cities In Russia That No One Is Allowed To Go To.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include a machine that uses 2,000 marbles to make music, anniversary of Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, exploding teeth, and Millennium Falcon history.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Dame Maggie Smith's (aka the Dowager Countess) snarkiest comments on Downton Abbey

Dame Maggie Smith (wiki) won back-to-back Emmys for her Downton Abbey (wiki) role. Per youtube, "The dowager’s insults represented the id of a fading English upper class." Well, maybe, but there is one comment, at least, more universal than that (and with which I completely agree): 
It’s the job of grandmothers to interfere.