Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Research Assistant

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Sketch Helped Police Identify Robber



Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were on the lookout for a suspect in the robbery of a farmer's market. A witness provided a sketch of the perpetrator, which was shown on the local TV station. The response by newscaster Ethan Forhetz is priceless. Considering he was winging the news as it came in, he kept his cool pretty well. Now, lest you think this is a police sketch, it's not. It was drawn by a witness. Yet it was enough to lead police to identify 44-year-old Hung Phuoc Nguyen, who was still on the loose at the time of the report. It turns out that police were familiar with Nguyen already, and honestly recognized him from the sketch. (via reddit)

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The students from Parkland who are speaking out against selling assault rifles to dangerous people are already paying the price.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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An Honest Trailer for Justice League



Screen Junkies looks at Justice League and tackles the question: What went wrong? They had the opportunity to improve on Batman v Superman, and try to catch the magic of Wonder Woman, but that didn't happen. They came down to three answers: the color scheme, bad CGI, the depressing heroes, and the lame villain. Oh, that's four. But there's even more in this Honest Trailer for Justice League.

Support for Stricter Gun Control at Highest Level Ever


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Do Not Touch

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The Drunk Cat in the Hat

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A Chair at the Beach



There's a chair on the beach. Right there, by itself, with no one sitting in it. Not the kind of thing you come across every day. The smallest thing can make a man feel territorial, and raise his competitive hackles. At the same time, we have evolved the ability to calculate possible outcomes before engaging in conflict.

What's universal about the video is how well it depicts the weird stuff that goes on in our minds all the time about things that don't matter, the internal monologue that we'd never share on purpose. Or maybe that's just me. This subtly ridiculous short film is from Bridge Stuart. No, it's not a Tide ad, but it would have been a good one. (via Digg)

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How a Pile of Unpaid Bills Led to Washington, D.C. The new city was to be a haven from angry creditors.

Mueller’s Latest Indictment Shows Trump Has Helped Putin Cover Up a Crime.

What a fifth-grader is doing to prepare for a possible school shooting. Grab a hankie. (via Madam Jujujive)

Blind Date Horror Stories.

True Stories of How A Wrinkle in Time Inspired Female Scientists. The right book at the right time can change the world.

At the NBA All-Star Game, Fergie Performed "The Star Spangled Banner" as a Sultry Torch Song. The response was not so much outrage as it was laughter.

Hawai‘i’s Last Outlaw Hippies. They've been squatting in the Kalalau Valley for 50 years, but that's coming to an end.

The Insect That Painted Europe Red. When Conquistadors brought cochineal insects back from the Aztec empire, the color they produced made Spanish dyers rich. (via TYWKIWDBI)

New York’s Oldest Dim Sum Restaurant and the Secrets of Chinatown. Take a tour of Doyers Street, also known as Bloody Angle.

News of the Times Flashback: Pearl Harbor Attacked; FDR Doesn't Know Who Did It. 

Stand Still

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Alien Test Footage



Bolaji Badejo played the Xenomorph in the 1979 movie Alien. Here he is practicing his moves without the costume, just the mask. It's just as creepy as the final production. (via reddit)

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Star Wars vs. Game of Thrones

Monday, February 19, 2018

Small Town News Can Be Intriguing

Dolly Said No To Elvis



Dolly Parton is an acclaimed singer, yet few outside the country music world know her as a songwriter. If she had never sung a note, she'd be a rich woman for a little tune called "I Will Always Love You." Dolly recorded the song and took it to #1 in 1974 and then again in 1982. And you probably remember how well it did in 1992 when Whitney Houston sang it in the movie The Bodyguard. But when the song was still fresh, she was approached by one Colonel Tom Parker about Elvis Presley recording the song she wrote. Dolly said no. Mark Levin wrote and performed a little song about the incident, with charming stop-motion animation by Heather Colbert. Why did Dolly turn down the offer? According to Wikipedia:
When the 1974 recording of the song was reaching number one on the country charts, Elvis Presley indicated that he wanted to cover the song. Parton was interested until Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, told her that it was standard procedure for the songwriter to sign over half of the publishing rights to any song Elvis recorded.[15] Parton refused. She recalls:

I said, 'I'm really sorry,' and I cried all night. I mean, it was like the worst thing. You know, it's like, Oh, my God … Elvis Presley.' And other people were saying, 'You're nuts. It's Elvis Presley.' ...I said, 'I can't do that. Something in my heart says, 'Don't do that. And I just didn't do it... He would have killed it. But anyway, so he didn't. Then when Whitney [Houston's version] came out, I made enough money to buy Graceland.[16]
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Typical

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Spider-Man Dances!



Spider-Man doesn't spend all his time fighting crime. Every once in a while, he has to go out and pick up a few things at the store. And if there's a good song playing, he gets the urge to dance! YouTuber Ghetto Spider put on a show for other shoppers, who all pulled out their phones because no one would believe this otherwise. (via mille batson)‏

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The Uber Tuber. The distinguished history of the potato.

America Is Under Attack and the President Doesn't Care. His only reaction to anything is how it affects him personally.

Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors. Our genes are largely the result of travel and intermingling.

The Well-Dressed Suffragist. A true capitalist can see the value in any political movement if there is enough money to be made from it. (via Strange Company)

What We're Still Not Teaching Kids About Consent.

How a urine test after back surgery triggered a $17,800 bill.

Waking a sleeping rabbit with an air horn. (via reddit)

The Presidential Portrait That Was the “Ugliest Thing” LBJ Ever Saw. (The artist did not take that comment kindly.)

In the game Robot Mind Meld, the object is to come up with the same word as a robot in as few steps as possible. Keep in mind that the robot is not as intuitive as you are. (via Metafilter

The Father Of Artistic Figure Skating. It was all about making a perfect figure 8 on the ice until Jackson Haines came along.

Vacuum

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