Residents of Hawaii will never forget the bogus nuclear missile warning they got last Saturday that sent them all into a panic. Everyone had to quickly decide what they wanted to do in the few minutes they had left to live. One metric that can be used to track behavior is web traffic. Pornhub, the huge pornography sharing site, released its traffic statistics for Hawaii last Saturday (link goes to Twitter). You can see from the graph that when the alert went out at 8:07 AM, traffic at the site plunged 77% below normal for that time of day. The correction went out at 8:45, and traffic began climbing again -to even higher levels than normal! Folks were making up for lost time, it seems. You have to wonder about the 23% of users who stayed online with the site even during the alert. My guess is that they weren't paying attention to anything else. -via Boing Boing
Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich wrote a little story about a violinist (himself) who plays music for a cat, which draws all the street cats out to listen. He plays Caprice No. 17 by Nicolò Paganini. The cats are so impressed, they start to dance. They aren't very good at the beginning, but as they lose themselves in the music, they get better. Oh, and stay for the twist ending.
Hadelich, who is a cat person as well as a musician, called his story Fantasia dei Gatti, or Fantasy of the Cats. Tam King did the animation. The music is from Hadelich's album Paganini: 24 Caprices. -via Laughing Squid
The Winter Games open February 9 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Almost every Olympics has new competitions, usually after they have built an international following and have been showcased as exhibits during previous games. In 2018, these will include Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Big Air, Team Alpine Skiing, Men’s and Women’s Mass Start Speed Skating, and for the many who have fallen in love with curling, Curling Mixed Doubles. All these events appear to have been selected for the maximum possible TV audience.
While it started out as an X-Games event, extreme athletes will now get their chance to win gold medals in Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Big Air, which sees competitors performing their best spins and tricks after launching off a large (about 160 feet) ramp. For the first time, the Alpine skiing Nations Team Event will make its debut; the event features mixed teams of two men and two women going head-to-head in a series of downhill slalom races in a best-of-four competition.
Super Bowl ads are really big business, and companies pay millions for the chance to get millions of people talking about their ads, but this year Skittles is skipping the Super Bowl and going ultra exclusive with their ad.
Skittles has decided to change things up a bit by creating "the most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever made" which will be seen by only one person- a 17-year-old from Canoga Park named Marcos Menendez.
So marketing VP Matt Montei- WTF and why?:
“We’ve been a big part of the Super Bowl and continue to be a big part of the NFL," Matt Montei, marketing VP, fruit confections at Mars Wrigley Confectionery explained. “We really felt like we wanted to continue to reinvent ourselves around this timeframe and one way to do it is to just try a completely new way in.”
Montei elaborated that Menendez was chosen because he’s a true Skittles fan. Menendez will get to watch this “exclusive” commercial during the Super Bowl, while everyone else will just get to see Menendez’s reaction to the ad, streamed on Facebook.
Look at this beautiful Art Nouveau building! This is the the Paris Metro station at the Bastille. Or it was, before it was torn down in 1962. By that time, it was considered old fashioned, and was demolished to make way for something more modern. The Bastille station was considered "garish" even when it was first built, one of 141 train stations designed by Hector Guimard and erected at the turn of the 20th century. A few still remain in the city.
Today, the Guimard stations are considered French national treasures, and there’s even a replica station in the New York MOMA’s Sculpture Garden. But back in the 1960s, a number of the stations were torn down as the city continued to modernize and expand the subway system. Tragically, the Bastille station was no exception.
Read about Guimard's unique metro stations and see plenty of pictures at Messy Nessy Chic.
The death of a television network can cause quite a stir in the TV world, especially when that network is beloved by fans, but Spike TV has died and I don't think anybody really cares.
The channel once billed as "the First Network for Men" is now the Paramount Network, so the person running Spike TV's Twitter account bid the channel a not-so-fond farewell by revealing the network's darkest secrets.
I was baked when I pitched 1000 Ways to Die. Those episodes are mostly based on my nightmares.— SPIKE (@spike) January 17, 2018
The embittered employee spent January 16th tweeting all kinds of wacky stuff about the network that is still up on the SPIKE Twitter page, because apparently Spike is dead so nobody gives a crap about their Twitter page.
I clogged up the 4th stall in the 7th floor men’s room over 30 times last year.— SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018
Of course, the whole thing could be a publicity stunt, but if it is who stands to profit from these kinds of ridiculous confessions?
I lost my virginity in one of the storage spaces from Auction Hunters.— SPIKE (@spike) January 16, 2018
Ship's cats have always been common, because they are the best way to exterminate rats and other vermin on long voyages. However, cats are just one of many types of pets taken on ocean travels throughout history. Sailors have been accompanied by dogs, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other animals, and not all of them were for dinner. Patricia Sullivan, founder and curator of the online Museum of Maritime Pets, talked to Atlas Obscura about the little-known tradition of land animals at sea. They served in wartime and peace time, too.
Pets were also trusted companions for maritime explorers. “Many pets were working animals on exploration vessels,” Sullivan says, with dogs used for hunting at ports of call and cats on exterminator duty. More than all of this, seafaring animals played important emotional roles on long, grueling, monotonous, dangerous voyages plagued by uncertainty. “Sailors were out at sea for months or years at time, so pets were important de-stressors” she says. “I think people would have gone mad without something to pet.”
A few years ago, Sari Mäenpää, a curator at the Maritime Museum of Finland, was conducting research when she first really noticed the presence of pets in the museum’s image archives. “I came across loads of photos, especially from the sailing ship era, where cats and dogs were portrayed in ‘official’ crew photos, and suddenly I started seeing images of them everywhere.”
Read about more of these seafaring pets at Atlas Obscura.
(Image credit: Australian National Maritime Museum Collection, Samuel J. Hood Studio)
Why is it so hard for some people to accept the verdict when someone they proposition tells them "NO"? Maybe their ego can't handle the rejection, or maybe they think if they just press on the person will magically change their mind and accept their indecent proposal? It doesn't matter the reason why they persist with their pestering, their unwanted advances are annoying and these knuckleheads really need to start accepting that NO MEANS NO! So the next time you hear a big fat hairy NO from someone you're hitting on take the two letters as they are and walk away, because life's too short to spend it harassing uninterested people like a jerk.
Spread the word in the age of consent with this No Means No t-shirt by Harsimran_Sain, it's a fun text design with a serious message behind it.
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I can't help but think of video games like Tomb Raider when I see pics of people exploring underwater caves, because the whole environment looks too fantastic to be real.
But there are plenty of real, and really beautiful, drowned caves out there that have yet to be discovered, and the Yucatan Peninsula is the place to go when underwater explorers are searching for flooded caves:
The low-altitude, limestone-laden expanse of the Yucatan peninsula is the perfect place for the formation of submerged underground caves—geological features the ancient Maya people referred to as “cenotes.”
Divers with the Gran Acuífero Maya project led by Robert Schmittner have spent the last ten months trying to prove two massive underwater cave systems in the Yucatan are connected- the 163-mile-long Sac Actun and the 51-mile-long Dos Ojos.
And on January 10th their dedication paid off when they finally found the connection between the two caves, making it the largest known flooded cave system on Earth:
Prior to the discovery, the Ox Bel Ha system, located just south of Tulum, was ranked as the world’s largest at 167 miles (270 km). According to caving naming convention, when two cave systems are found to interconnect, the largest cave absorbs the smaller one. So the Dos Ojos system is no more, subsumed by the larger Sac Actun system.
The 1991 romantic comedy Doc Hollywood starred Michael J. Fox as a doctor on a road trip from Washington, DC, to Beverly Hills to begin a new job. That was his intention, but when things goes wrong, his plans eventually change. It's a familiar plot made special by Fox's talents and a heartwarming script. Let's learn what went into the making of Doc Hollywood.
10. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease shortly before this film was made.
He started noticing a mild twitch in his left pinky finger. The disease didn’t start getting worse until later but it was diagnosed in 1990.
9. The movie was filmed in Florida.
Micanopy, Florida is a small town just south of Gainesville and was inhabited by less than a thousand people at the time.
It's crazy to think that Fox has been dealing with Parkinson's for 28 years. Read more about Doc Hollywood at TVOM.
Even though it's easy to shoot your own digital photos and get them printed any way you'd like people still hire professional photographers to shoot their "special" photos because they think the pics will turn out better.
But before you throw money away on a terrible set of photos taken by a "professional" photographer you'd better have a look at these ridiculous retouched photos shared by Pam Dave Zaring.
Pam says she hired a pro photographer to shoot some nice pics of her family, but the final photos she received had been "retouched" by the pro, who admittedly had no clue how to retouch photos or how to take a professional-grade photo.
Looks to me like this pro has been hanging out with the pro who "restored" the Ecce Homo Jesus fresco a few years back.
-Via Laughing Squid
What's going on with these mantises? Are they about to fight? Are they posing for a picture? Are they even alive? Yes, they are alive, and it appears to be a kind of stand-off, where they are bluffing each other, waiting and even daring one of them to make the first move. Bluffing and posturing are perfectly good tactics in the animal kingdom.
Turns out they are in their fighting stance in reaction to the camera, as it eventually becomes clear that's what they are looking at. They sure are pretty, for a bunch of bugs. Adrian Kozakiewicz (previously at Neatorama) of InsecthausTV has plenty more videos that delve into the mysterious world of insect behavior. -via Boing Boing
Here's a story that might make you feel good, but it will also make you feel old. It started 17 years ago when 12-year-old Kristin from Arkansas joined a Neopets role-playing guild called Evil Jellies. One of her rivals was 10-year-old Michael from Ohio, although she only knew him as "Doctor," and he only knew her as "Zepher_Cat." They eventually became friends and began to communicate by AIM.
"We went from silly rivalry to talking about school and life," Kristin said.
"It took a long time from having talked pretty much daily when we were younger teens when he finally sent me pictures of himself and we would sneak phone calls."
The pieces of each other's human selves started to come together after they exchanged their real names, locations, and photos over AIM. Kristin soon started to develop romantic feelings for Michael.
years went by, and Michael arranged to go to college in Kristin's home town. They married in 2013. You can read the whole story of what can happen when you talk to strangers on the internet at Buzzfeed.
(Image credit: Kristin Andrews-Karr)
This Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of Breaking Bad. The AMC series followed Walter White, a chemistry teacher who turns to manufacturing methamphetamine after he develops cancer. It was an entirely new idea in TV to present a perfectly sympathetic character who gradually descends into complete villainhood and takes the audience with him. To celebrate the anniversary, Esquire assembled the people behind the show: Vince Gilligan, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and others, to tell the story behind the story.
Charlie Collier, President of AMC, SundanceTV, and AMC Studios: I remember the day Breaking Bad hit my desk, because it was like nothing else I’d seen. At the time, we [AMC] had committed to Mad Men as our first scripted original series, but had not yet aired it. Having greenlit that, we were getting every historical pitch—flappers, Motown—and we wanted to steer clear. Having been American Movie Classics, we didn’t now want to become an “original classics” network known for period shows.
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad was dead by the time AMC came into the picture. I was emotionally moving onto other things, thinking, Well, we fought the good fight, but this show was just too damn crazy. A show about a guy cooking crystal meth and he’s the hero? What did I expect? When I got a call from my agent saying, "Hey, the folks at AMC want to meet with you about your project," I said, "Which project?" That’s how far gone I was. My response was "AMC? The channel where they play Short Circuit 2 ten times a day?" Little did I know they were undergoing a renaissance at that point.
Breaking Bad was an artistic treasure, but it also had some lucky breaks: AMC's rebranding, the writer's strike, and Netflix and the rise of binge-watching. Read the oral history of Breaking Bad at Esquire. -via Metafilter
From one end to the other, the state of Texas dealt with winter weather this week. Kristy Boyd of Longview, Texas, recorded vehicles trying to make it up an icy hill, with some having more success than others. Then a big rig tried it. It had the speed going up, but couldn't quite make it over the top. That's when things went downhill, so to speak.
First, gravity wins, then inertia. The real winner is the smaller car that didn't even try the hill. I bet that driver's life flashed before his eyes. -via Digg
(Image credit: Flickr user Travis)
Six destinations where getting there is all the fun.
1) ALASKA’S DO-IT-YOURSELF TRAM
In the winter, hikers at Alaska’s Chugach National Forest have to walk across Glacier Creek. But when the water is high in the summer, a hand tram dangling above is a safer alternative. Hikers climb into the cable-suspended box and pull ropes to get across.
2) LONDON’S ROLLING BRIDGE
Women are still struggling with issues of inequality and sexism even though we should have addressed and eliminated these wrongs long ago, but at least they don't have to wear the torturous clothing they had to wear in the 18th century!
Nowadays women can get dressed for work with ease, throwing on some light and comfortable clothes that don't chafe, constrict or weigh them down.
But back in the 18th century getting ready for work was a huge production that involved lots of lacing, layering and cinching, which puts the uncomfortableness of modern clothes into perspective.
This episode in the series created by CrowsEyeProductions for the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool focuses on the morning routine of the working woman in the 1700s, and it's make you feel better about your morning routine!
Whoa, fella, there are universal dreams, and then there are your dreams! Have you ever just assumed that others share the same experiences you've had, and then one day you suddenly find out your experience is outside the realm of normalcy? I saw another example of this type of thing recently, which I declined to write about. It's a weird feeling when you come to the realization that something you've always known as normal is seen by others as unique, bizarre, or even terrifying. This is the latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd. By now, Munroe should be used to being unique.
Mike Tyson used to have a bad reputation based on his wicked temper and tendency to nibble on his opponents' ears, but nowadays Mike is chillin' like Bob Dylan- because he's on the Zoloft. He's still livin' large on the stacks of cash he made as a boxer and the star of a hit video game, but his new passion in life is to star in cartoon shows about imaginary detective agencies and thanks to Zoloft he's darn good at it!
Add some old school game to your geeky wardrobe with this Mike Tyson - I'm On The Zoloft t-shirt by RexelRetro, it's sure to make you look like a total knock out without making you go bankrupt!
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A little fishing trip is more complicated than just that, when you have to build your world first. Even when that world is on your desk in your bedroom! The result is just as cute as it can be.
I have some concerns, however, about the hooks that weren't removed from the fish before it was consumed. Swedish stop-motion animator Guldies Konst used 2,500 still pictures (out of 4530 he took) to create this video. That's a lot of time spent in his bedroom. You might want to go back and check out the images in the still frames -especially the fire. It looks completely different than what the moving video shows. -via Tastefully Offensive
From the literature we see on the internet from the Cold War era, you'd think that everyone had a backyard fallout shelter ready to go in case the Soviets attacked. The truth is that, in 1962, only 1.4% of Americans actually did. As a child of that era, I recall assuming that nuclear armageddon could come at any time, and there was nothing we could do about it. What did the general population of adults of the time think about the nuclear threat? Michigan State University surveyed 3,514 adults in the early '60s about their feelings regarding preparedness for a nuclear war. Check out some of the results.
Is it cowardly to build a nuclear fallout shelter?
There’s nothing quite like the collision of midcentury toxic masculinity and the threat of total destruction from nuclear war. But the results of the survey may surprise you. Just 7 percent of Americans thought that building a shelter was cowardly.
Building a shelter is like hiding in a hole—only a coward would do it. (7 percent agreed, 90 percent disagreed)
Parents have a duty to protect their children by building a fallout shelter (52 percent agreed, 37 percent disagreed)
It would take a little while after an attack, but law and order would be restored. (79 percent agreed, 14 percent disagreed)
Read more findings from the study at Paleofuture. There are also plenty of people in the comments sharing their memories of growing up during the Cold War.
Most kids wonder what it would be like to grow up overnight, because they think the life of a grown up means no school, no set bedtime and no rules, but these thoughts are usually fleeting because it's fun to be a kid.
But when they inevitably transform into young adults their childhood seems to float away on the wind, leaving nothing but memories and the trappings of youth- like their favorite teddy bear.
However, some kids don't want to let go of their childhood years, so they hang on as hard as they can until life forces them to let go...
Lili is an absolutely stunning stop motion short film by Hani Dombe and Tom Kouris, with music by Gil Landau, that will make you want to get back in touch with your inner child.
Along with many other dubious medical practices of the 19th century, there was a fad for "orificial surgery." This was promoted by married doctors Edward and Elizabeth Muncie, who opened the Muncie Surf Sanatorium on an island off the New York coast. The Muncies could not only diagnose illness by looking at a patient's orifices, they could determine their personality and potential, too. Various surgeries on those orifices would cure what ails you. The philosophy behind orificial surgery was a branch of homeopathy conceived by Dr. Edwin Hartley Pratt
While its conclusions are utterly bonkers, the premises that underlay orificial surgery begin at least somewhere in the region of medical science. To be in good health, Pratt reasoned, one needed normal circulation. Because the sympathetic nervous system helps determine blood flow, it must be important to good health. So far, so good. But then the evidence-based logic begins to break down. Pratt believed that disease occurs when the circulatory system is fatigued, leading to blood “stagnation.” Observing, correctly, that there are a lot of sympathetic nerves around some of the body’s orifices, in particular the sexual organs and rectum, he reasoned that by nipping and tucking these areas to keep them “properly smoothed and dilated,” poor circulation and thus disease could be kept at bay. And so, writes Ira M. Rutkow in Seeking the Cure: A History of Medicine in America, “when this giant man with the thinning hair and Vandyke beard went to work, no mouth, penis, rectum, or vagina was safe from a manipulation or scraping.” This is true—but the mouth was of far less interest to Pratt and his colleagues than their other targets.
The descriptions of such surgeries are cringe-inducing, and the fad of orificial surgery only lasted about 40 years. You can read all about Pratt's strange ideas and the Muncies' sanatorium at Atlas Obscura.
Even though Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world, pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in profit, they hire seasonal workers to fill their boxes for cheap rather than paying a permanent workforce in their warehouses.
And many of these seasonal employees are seniors who should be retired but had to keep working after being bankrupted by the Great Recession of 2008, seniors who live in RVs and work 'til it hurts during the holiday season.
From the Amazon recruiting site:
The Amazon CamperForce program brings together a community of enthusiastic RV’ers who help make the holidays bright for customers of Amazon. As a CamperForce Associate, you’ll begin this seasonal assignment in early Fall and work until December 23rd. The program lasts 3-4 months in the winter, and your responsibilities will be in the areas of picking, packing, stowing, and receiving. …Amazon offers great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses, and paid campsites for its CamperForce associates.
CamperForce is a somewhat demoralizing documentary by Brett Story and Jessica Bruder of Field Of Vision about the workampers who help box up all those holiday orders for "$11 per hour, overtime, bonuses, paid campsites and free health coverage (after a waiting period)".
-Via Laughing Squid
I'm sure that the idea of a centaur made some kind of sense to some person at some time, or else we wouldn't have any notion of the mythical beast. The creature doesn't really hold up under scrutiny. It's even more horrifying to imagine a neonatal reverse centaur, one that has the non-functioning legs of a newborn human and the head and forelimbs of a foal. Now, try to get that image out of your head! This comic is from Josh Davenport at RGBros.
Your parents probably warned you against sitting too close to the TV set. I know mine did, and we only watched a couple of hours a day. The adult in you probably knows this is a myth, and research backs that up. But that's modern research, with modern TVs. There was a reason for this warning, a good reason, at one time.
The incident in question never affected me, because I didn't have a color TV until after college. My Dad telling me not to sit too close to the television was most likely his way of telling me to get out of his way. Still, it's always good to step away from any screen every once in a while. Eyestrain might not blind you, or even affect your sight until you're old, but the old you will thank the young you for taking care of all your body parts while you can. -via Geeks Are Sexy
When we see something we've never seen before we tend to think of the creator as an innovative and creative individual, and yet many of these creators should probably be referred to as appropriators rather than creators.
Most fans know George Lucas drew inspiration for Star Wars from the samurai films created by Akira Kurosawa, but did you know he also adopted many elements of the franchise from Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series?
And Princess Leia's "totally unique" hairstyle was inspired by the twin buns worn by female Mexican Revolutionary fighter Clara De La Rocha.
People used to praise Michael Jackson for his "totally original" signature moves, but it appears the smooth criminal stole many of his signature moves from Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse.
Scotland is now dealing with their deepest snow since 2011, up to ten inches in places. To clear the roads, the nation has an armada of snowplows they call gritters. Traffic Scotland has a Gritter Tracker where you can follow the activities of the snowplows across the country. Many of them have fabulous names, often bestowed by local schoolchildren. See if you can find
Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
Sir Salter Scott
Sir Andy Flurry
Ready Spready Go
Sir Grits a Lot
Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney
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Countries like Russia, the UK and China have chosen to use CCTV networks to monitor activity on their city streets and minimize crime by using the power of the "eye in the sky" to bring criminals to justice.
At the same time many of the citizens from these countries believe the CCTV network is an invasion of privacy and used by government organizations to keep tabs on everyone.
And honestly they're both right, since CCTV cameras cut down on crime but are also used to gather information on innocent civilians, so figuring out how to fool CCTV facial recognition software may be a way to fight tyranny rather than pure anarchy.
BBC reporter John Sudworth was able to elude China's CCTV cameras for a whopping seven minutes before authorities could zero in on his location. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it's certainly scary!