Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rice

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That Time It Rained for Two Million Years



The Carnian Pluvial Event https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnian_Pluvial_Event was a time of major change for the earth and its supercontinent Pangea. Namely, lots and lots of rain, and all the changes it brings. That was when the forests grew and dinosaurs began to rise to dominance, about 230 million years ago. From the images in this video from PBS Eons, that episode appears to be the line between the familiar (dinosaurs and forests) and the weird, weird, plants and animals that populated earth before that.  (via Digg)

MIss Cellania's Links

If there were a kind of a fireman's pole from the Moon down to the Earth, how long would it take to slide all the way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. (via Metafilter)

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

Our Nation's Leaders Analyze the Data on USA's Gun Violence.

Guy the beagle was on the euthanasia list in a Kentucky animal shelter in 2015, but he took a detour through Canada and now he is part of the royal family. (Thanks, Bill!) 

Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath -and his cane.

Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc D├ętective is still in business after 105 years.

Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses. (via Metafilter)

How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

Hey

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Maru Vaulting Boxes



Can you stack boxes too high for Maru to climb into? Maybe the real question is, how can you get that many boxes all the same size? Well, I can imagine if you're mugumogu, people just give you boxes all the time. Maru eventually meets his match, and we get to hear him meow more than we've ever heard before. (via Everlasting Blort)



Tweet of the Day



Yes, there's a sinkhole opening up at the White House lawn. Engineers blame the swamp (really). A new Twitter account takes on the persona of the sinkhole and updates us on its mission to swallow the White house and possibly all of Washington, DC.



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dragons

Greek Kitchen

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Sweet Child O' Mine Funk Cover



By Scary Pockets featuring Mario Jose on vocals. Sweet! (via Boing Boing)

Life is a Highway

You know every one of these vehicles, don't you? This clever graphic is from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands.

Agboke

Tips for Cooking for One



This video from College Humor contains a little NSFW language. When you find yourself living alone, it is tempting to just eat your favorite food all the time. That gets old. Eventually you resort to sandwiches and cold cereal, and when you realize that cold cereal leads to dirty dishes, your diet become just sandwiches and chips. You might be tempted to whip up an entire meal fresh from scratch, but don't do it. Rationalize not doing it by telling yourself it's too time-consuming so that you don't have to think about how very alone you are. So very, utterly alone. (via Tastefully Offensive)   

Miss Cellania's Links

We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': the rise of the religious left. Count me in.

Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

How Gerrymandered is Your State? (via Nag on the Lake)

The 25 Toughest Colleges to Get Into in 2018.

24 Wildly Inappropriate Official Movie Tie-In Products.

Trump admits the reason behind his "fake news" cry.  

Gift Escalation

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Tweet of the Day


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Volcano

An Honest Trailer for the Star Wars Spinoffs



There were several Star Wars feature-length productions that are completely ignored in the Star Wars canon. They are Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, Ewoks: The Battle of Endor, and The Star Wars Holiday Special. Fans would just as soon forget all of them. Screen Junkies produced an Honest Trailer for all three in one video, and it's about as honest as everyone else has been about the quality of these spinoffs. If you've never seen any of them, just watch the trailer, and be satisfied that these clips will be all you need to know that you're missing nothing of importance.


Camo Cast

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Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang



This song from Monte Video And The Cassettes takes me back to my first radio job, which is the only place I ever heard the song. That was still enough to make it play in my head for weeks at a time.

30-Year-Old

The modern 30-year-old might have to put more thought into that. Those students loans are still looming over him. This comic is from Jake Likes Onions. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Update: I should have thought about this myself, but an anonymous commenter likened this comic to a recent bit of news.