Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hardware Wars



Hardware Wars was the very first Star Wars parody, produced by Ernie Fosselius in 1978. Thirty-nine years later, it's still pretty funny.

They Laughed

Steve Urkel: Bad to the Bone



Steve Urkel was designed to be a peripheral character to the Winslow family on the sitcom Family Matters. But as portrayed by Jaleel White, the over-the-top craziness of Urkel took over and became an icon. He was bad to the bone -at least in his own mind.

Melodysheep went through about ten years of clips from Family Matters, edited them down, and added some autotune to made this tribute to one of the strangest "crazy neighbor" characters in all of television. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars. From Buster Keaton to Jimi Hendrix.

The Ultimate List of Wonderfully Specific Museums. How else would you find Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum (it's in San Antonio)?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Definitive Preview. Vanity Fair visits the set and interviews the cast members.


Talk Obama to Me. Put your own words in and give the former prez a speech. (via Boing Boing)

This Illustration Nails the Pedestrian Problem in Cities. More people are walking than ever, so we should make their safety a priority.

Barn Owls: The Secret Saviors of Napa Valley’s Vineyards. Vintners love them because they keep rodents from their crops.

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two. They can even balance on one leg after they're dead.

Whatever happened to Alfalfa from Little Rascals? For someone who only lived to age 31, he had quite a biography.


The Onion has obtained 700 pages of leaked documents from the Trump Administration. This should keep you busy for quite some time. (via Metafilter)

The hats of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The Squeaky Wheel

(via Buzzfeed)

The Wisdom of Animals



We could learn a lot from animals. Mainly that we are not as important as we think we are. This delightful animation from The School of Life reminds us that living simply, as animals do, can go a long way toward letting go of the anxieties we carry around. (via Laughing Squid)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Prophesy

Four Monks Walk Into a Drag Show…

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there's no punch line, just a group of new friends. TigerLily is a drag performer in Beijing. Four monks who had traveled all the way from Tibet heard music and laughter and wandered into his venue and had a wonderful time. That may sound weird, but one commenter said that Buddhist monks "always seem to approach life as it were the funniest joke ever told." TigerLily posted an album of more pictures from the same night. A good time was had by all. (via reddit)

Kittens in a Pile of Paper



Remember the ten kittens who were supposed to pose for a portrait? They belong to Natalya and Evgeny Mishukovi, who are busy enriching their lives with things to play with. Here, they shower the kittens with a bunch of paper scraps to create a indoor pile of wonderfulness. You can see more of the kittens' adventures at their YouTube channel. (via Laughing Squid)

Wrong Number

(via Buzzfeed)

Alien Egg Cake Balls



You know where facehuggers come from, don't you? From xenomorph eggs, of course! We can skip the middleman and just ingest the eggs first without all that face-hugging unpleasantness, when the eggs are made of cake. Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies shows us how to recreate the eggs from the Alien movie series in delicious mint chocolate cake. This would be perfect for that Alien marathon party you've planned to prepare your crew for the new movie Alien: Covenant. Just don't blame me when they want to re-emerge from your chest. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


Miss Cellania's Links

Engineering Against Coughing and Sneezing.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Deeply Into Medicaid and Anti-Poverty Efforts. (via Uproxx)

Just hours before workers removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a special address at historic Gallier Hall. It could be a manifesto for the entire nation to move forward on.  

What It's Like to be Struck by Lightning. Around 4,000 people around the world die from lightning strikes every year, but about ten times as many are hit and survive.

When Evan Kowalski's mother asked him what theme he wanted for his 4th birthday party, he said Mrs. Doubtfire. Mom was surprised, but she made it work beautifully.

Julie d’Aubigny was a 17th-century French crossdresser, swordswoman, and opera star. She was sentenced to death twice, but always came up smelling like a rose.

That Time a Basketball Player Saved a Dolphin. Marine World called the Gold State Warriors for a volunteer.

All these years later, Top Gun 2 is officially happening, and we might even get a Spaceballs 2.

What Americans can learn from the soothing British ritual of tea time. It's a tradition that stands in for several kinds of social connections.

10 Things You Didn't Know About the President's Secret Army. The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command are the elite units that have movies made about their exploits.


Motherhood

(via Fark)

An Honest Trailer for Logan



Screen Junkies' 200th Honest Trailer is for the relatively recent movie Logan. First, let me warn you, this is full of spoilers. I didn't know what Logan was about at all, except that it was about Wolverine, but now I feel like I've seen the whole thing. Second (and this is a spoiler for the video), they couldn't find anything bad to say about it. So if you haven't already seen the movie, you might want to sip this Honest Trailer until you do. However, if you have seen Logan, you'll enjoy the Honest Trailer with a special surprise guest critic.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Threatening Texts

History's Deadliest Colors



Can color kill? Not by itself, but humans love color so much that we are drawn to things that may be really dangerous because we like the pretty colors. The problem was that there was such a lag between discovering something that gave us a wonderful color and the point we realized it was killing people. You'll hear several of those stories in this TED-Ed lesson from J. V. Maranto. (via Boing Boing)

Things Cats Don't Like



When a cat has a poor opinion of something, they will let you know, clearly, in their own way. In this compilation video from the Pet Collective, you'll see cats hating on modern technology, toys, family members, and everyday objects. To be honest, some of these clips aren't so much dislike for objects, but more of a cat wanting to see how much destruction and chaos they can cause. Yet we still love them.


Tweet of the Day



Steve rushed to help when a bomb went off at the Manchester Arena yesterday. When things are falling apart, it's good to remind ourselves that for every awful person that causes death and destruction, there are more good people. (via reddit) https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/6cun6f/this_is_steve_a_homeless_man_who_was_near_the/

Feeding the Deers

If Theme Parks Were Honest



Sooner or later, every family takes a road trip to Six Flags, Disney World, or some other large theme park to show the kids a good time. That means standing in line for a hour to ride a one-minute ride, paying out the wazoo for lunch, and dealing with tired, cranky kids (or even worse, bored teenagers) and sunburn. There's a price to pay for everything. In the latest Honest Ad from Cracked, Roger Horton dresses up like Walt Disney and welcomes us to Hortonland, where all your dreams will come true- even if they are nightmares.