All Of This Is Me Now! - Gene Should Be A Burger Guru


All Of This Is Me Now! by ClayGrahamArt

Gene Belcher can be a bit greedy at times, but for some reason people still want to eat him all up when he starts playing fart noises on his keyboard or dresses up in his Beefsquatch costume. Bob has to live with little Gene, so he doesn't have nearly as much patience with the boy's beefy antics and really doesn't get why Gene is so cheesy all the time. Maybe maverick father and oddball son can find some middle ground with a little transcendental meditation, so Bob can see that strange son of his is actually the most enlightened Belcher in the bunch!

Become one with the burgers by wearing this All Of This Is Me Now! t-shirt by ClayGrahamArt, it's the taste two out of three geeks prefer over that other fictional burger joint.

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This Is the Funn Pack

This is the Funn Pack. You can see that it is properly named, given the expression of the man who is wearing it. That's Dan Das Mann, an artist. He built the Funn Pack so that he could pack fun anywhere.

Its has 4 mirror balls, 1,000 watts of sound,* a bubble machine, 2 smoke machines, and 12 lasers. The whole setup is powered by a lithium-ion battery and weighs a mere 50 pounds. That's a lot of fun that is portable wherever 2 feet can carry it.

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*Presumably he means that his speakers are powered with 1,000 watts.


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Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality

Have you ever noticed that the quality of a YouTube video drops immediately when snow falls or confetti is thrown? I honestly never did, but my eyesight is not that great. The HBO intro was given as an example of how noisy background affected video quality. And there are examples in this video.    

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You’d think the explanation would be very technical, and it is. But Tom Scott (previously at Neatorama) explains what happens in a simple, concise way that left me feeling smarter about video in the digital age. -via reddit 


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Why the First Cremation in the US Was So Controversial

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Pictured above is the LeMoyne Crematory in Washington, Pennsylvania. When it was built in 1876, it was the first modern crematory--that is, a building constructed for the explicit purpose of burning human bodies--in the United States.

In the Nineteenth Century, there was a great fear of being buried alive. This led to many inventions designed so that people could call for help if they ever woke up in coffins. Another approach to solving the problem was to ensure that the dead were well and truly dead by burning them into ash.

This was one of the arguments put forward by advocates of cremation. In the 1870s, there was a popular movement to do away with intact human burial and to burn the dead as normal practice. In addition to making sure that the dead were dead, cremation supporters claimed that burning bodies prevented corpses from speading diseases, such as cholera and yellow fever.

At Atlas Obscura, Amy Elliot Bragg traces the history of the cremation movement. She writes:

Because cremation was a moral crusade for the betterment of public health, it attracted sympathizers from other moral causes to its ranks, including no small number of women activists. The suffragist Lucy Stone was the first person cremated at the Forest Hills Crematory in Boston in 1893. Frances Willard—suffragist, temperance activist, and avid bicyclist—was also a vocal advocate of cremation. In 1900, the New York Times ran a satirical news item about the cremation of Willard's cat: “Each of Toots’s human friends will sprinkle a little myrrh or frankincense over the body, and while it is being consumed the incense will counteract any odor which might be emitted through the furnace chimney.”


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Color Palettes From Famous Movie Scenes

Filmmakers use visual cues to help convey moods, feelings and subtext in their movies just like any other artist, and behind most of these cues lies a choice color palette.

By infusing shots with a carefully selected set of colors the viewer is subconsciously guided both visually and emotionally through the storyline, informed how to feel by the colors on the screen.

Plus, color palette control makes for really splendid looking shots!

The film fanatic behind @cinemapalettes has Tweeted over 200 color palettes derived from famous movie such as The Professional, Mad Max, Edward Scissorhands and My Neighbor Totoro, and they're taking requests.

Do Eraserhead! Oh wait, that's in black and white...

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Firefighters Rescue Baby Ducks from Storm Drain

Poor ducklings! 8 of them fell into a storm drain in Titirangi, New Zealand. Fortunately, the local volunteer fire brigade showed up to save the day. The firefighters opened the drain, then one of them hung upside down so that he could reach the ducks. After pulling the ducklings out, the firefighters placed them in a handy traffic cone, then released them to the care of their anxious mama.


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Hilarious Examples Of Political Correctness Gone Wrong

The concept of political correctness is something that should be used in moderation, but these days people are so worried about saying the wrong things or offending people they think PC is the only way to go.

However, the old expression “you can't please everyone” rings true (despite what the PC police say), so trying to be PC by turning Dennis the Menace into a polite young man is a plan destined for failure.

It's even more ridiculous to ban the Punch & Judy puppet show because it contains an "abusive relationship" and "inappropriate hitting"...

Yeah, we know, Punch & Judy have been beating up on each other for at least 350 years. Leave those puppets alone PC police!

 

But when the PC conformists set their minds to doing something stupid they do it, like changing the term “brainstorming” to “thought showers” so as not to offend epileptics, or calling a Spotted Dick a Spotted Richard to stop the lewd jokes. What a bunch of Richards!

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Simpsons Voice Actor Gives Commencement Address as His Characters


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Hank Azaria is a voice actor who has filled many roles over the 26 seasons of The Simpsons. Last Sunday, he delivered the commencement address at Tufts University. At the conclusion of his speech, he offered in-character advice to the graduates using the voices that he provides on the show. Listen to pearls of wisdom from Chief Wiggum, Moe the bartender, Apu the convenience store owner, Comic Book Guy, and the old sea captain.

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A Look Back at Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

The fourth feature film of the Star Trek franchise, The Voyage Home, was released in 1988. It immediately stood apart from the first three films, and its magic has never been duplicated. Conceived and directed by Leonard Nimoy, it highlighted each main character from the Original Series and used plenty of humor to contrast the 23rd century with 1980s San Francisco. And what little violence it contained turned out to be counterproductive. Who was responsible for straying from the formula? Well, three writers got credit for the screenplay.

So it was a team effort, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. But it was a team effort with a leader. And the leader wanted to make a different kind of film. Nimoy later explained the core concept: “No dying, no fighting, no shooting, no photon torpedoes, no phaser blasts, no stereotypical bad guy.” His previous Star Trek film had all those things, and outer space, and aliens, and sets. Nimoy wanted to make a movie about Earth, right now, shot on location, with human people.

Now that the franchise is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the 13th film is coming, it’s nice to look back at the one film that even non-Trekkies can quote. Entertainment Weekly tells the story of how Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home came about, and gives us some great behind-the-scenes stories, too.  -via Metafilter


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Game of Thrones Intro Recreated with Slime Mold


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In the now iconic Game of Thrones title sequence, an astrolabe spins over the world, creating an impression of order. But beneath it, plots grow, both organically and mechanically. There are schemes within schemes, hidden within each other.

Game of Thrones is a story of politics--deadly politics, but also just slimy. What better way to illustrate the budding conspiracies everywhere than with slime mold? YouTube user Transcend Rules merged microscopic images of thriving molds with the opening music from the show.

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USNA Class of 2019 Scales Mount Herndon

Earlier today, the freshmen class at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis performed the annual ritual that ends their time as plebes. Every spring, the class rushes to “climb Mount Herndon,” meaning to scale the 21-foot-tall Herndon Monument, which is covered in grease for the occasion. The goal is to remove a "dixie cup" plebe hat on top and replace it with an upperclassmen’s hat.



The plebes first try to remove as much grease as possible, becoming covered with grease themselves. That makes climbing the monument, or each other, quite difficult. Today’s climb took one hour, 12 minutes, and 30 seconds. The cap at the top was removed with a thrown projectile, but it still had to be replaced. Chris Bianchi, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, finally placed a hat at the top, ending the grueling mission.

 

And there was much jubilation. See a video report of the climb at WBAL-TV. See more pictures in the Naval Academy’s Flickr album.


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One - Punch The Boredom Away, Man!


One by Bomdesignz

One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do, and when two too quickly goes back to one it can be just as bad. But they just don't make dance partners like they used to, and until Saitama comes across a creature who can withstand more than one of his punches he'll just have to get used to being a lonely army of one.

Sock it to your fellow One Punch Man fans with this One t-shirt by Bomdesignz, it's a real knockout!

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How Bugs Bunny's "What's Opera, Doc?" Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars

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In 1957, Warner Bros. released "What's Opera, Doc?"-- one of the most famous Bugs Bunny cartoons of all time. It was a parody of Richard Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle. Generations of children grew up watching that short in theatres and on television. As one of the greatest of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, it became deeply embedded in popular culture.

Some of those children grew up to become professional opera singers. For them, "What's Opera, Doc?" was their introduction to opera. The Wall Street Journal quotes mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop:

Like many other singers and crew staging the 17-hour, four-opera Wagner extravaganza at the Kennedy Center, Ms. Bishop got her first taste of opera from a cartoon rabbit and his speech-impaired nemesis.

“I could sing you the entire cartoon before I knew what opera really was,” says Ms. Bishop, who performs the part of Fricka, wife of Wotan, king of the gods. […]

“Those of us who didn’t freak at the sight of a rabbit in a winged helmet sliding off of the back of a fat horse—we went into opera,” says Ms. Bishop, 49, who grew up in Greenville, S.C. […]

“Growing up in Iowa there’s not a lot of opera—I know that may come as a shock,” recalls Mr. Heaston, 37, a former pianist for the Dallas Opera and now adviser to the artistic director of the Washington National Opera. “At a very base level, that’s what I got from Looney Tunes at a very early age: I learned how to tell stories through music.”

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IKEA Couch Gag

If you were watching Game of Thrones, Fear the Walking Dead, The Preacher, or The Billboard Music Awards last night, as I would imagine covers a vast number of people, you may have missed The Simpsons. the couch gag was provided by Polish artist Michal Socha, and was rendered in the style of IKEA.

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See, in order to have a couch gag, first you must assemble the couch. All you need to do is follow the simple illustrated instructions. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Brewery Plans to Deliver Beer with Bald Eagle

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Phillips Brewery is releasing a new pilsner. To mark the occasion, it plans to deliver its new product to one thirsty drinker who wins a contest using a 4-year old bald eagle named Hercules. The contest is called "Beer from a Bird." It's the company's retro response to Amazon.com drone delivery. CTV News reports:

The brewery has partnered with Duncan-based Pacific Northwest Raptors for the contest.

The organization, which aims to raise awareness and promote conservation for birds of prey, is supplying a four-year-old bald eagle named Hercules to deliver a single can of Pilsner to the winner.

“We wanted to be involved because our goal is to get people closer to these incredible birds,” said operations manager Robyn Radcliffe. “So they’ll hopefully feel more inspired to protect them in their natural habitats, to learn more about ways that they can do that and to get more involved in conservation.” [...]

“He won’t be flying that far. Half a kilometre, probably. It’s sort of up to him,” Radcliffe said. “Our birds moods govern our interactions with them. We’re not going to ask them anything they’re not confident and comfortable doing. That’s very, very important to us.”

Half a kilometre translated into American is 0.31 miles. Despite the use of America's national bird, Phillips Brewery is actually located in Victoria, British Columbia. Here's the brewery's promotional video for the contest:

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Candid Photos Taken At Malls Across America In 1989

Shopping malls reached their peak level of awesomeness in the 80s, when they became the ultimate place for families to shop while their teens hung out and totally teened it up.

Anybody who visited a large mall in the 80s will remember the teen tribes who hung about, their clothing style-specific cliques making them stand out amidst the sea of shoppers.

But malls weren't just for bored teens- in many states they were the only place to go for one-stop shopping, and with the climate-controlled environment and massive food courts people never had to go home.

Michael Galinsky was 20-years-old when he decided to travel across America in one whirlwind month of 1989, capturing candid moments inside malls for a book entitled Malls Across America.

Michael's photos have a wonderful bystander quality about them, placing the viewer squarely in the scene so they can check out these eerily familiar environments from the inside.

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The Universe in 4 Minutes

The explanation of the universe starts with the very basics and grows from there. It's a rapidly expanding subject, after all. You probably won’t understand any more about the universe than you did once it’s done, but you will enjoy a few laughs.

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And because an explanation of the universe is quite complicated, exurb1a must jump from one subject to another, which is only more opportunities for puns. I mean, really, who thinks of rhyming ebola virus with Miley Cyrus? Physics can be funny, as well as astronomy, biology, geology, etc.. -via reddit


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12 Great Rick and Morty Cosplays

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What started as a one-shot parody of Back to the Future turned into a hugely successful comedy. This is Rick and Morty, one of the funniest shows on television today. It has truly original plots and brilliantly conceived jokes. So it's no suprise that in only two seasons, it's already inspired many cosplayers. Here are some of the best.

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Don't Let The Captain America Persona Fool You, Chris Evans Is One Crazy Guy

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Captain America is one straight-laced sir, but the guy who plays him in the Marvel films, Chris Evans, is a strangeoid, a goofball and, when he's feeling particularly squirrely during an interview, a bit of a sicko.

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Now nobody's expecting Chris to act like Cap in Civil War, but the more you see of Chris the more it seems like he's trying to get himself recast as the Joker in the next Batman movie.

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It's refreshing to see someone famous acting like a total maniac for reasons other than to get out of a contract or get on TMZ, but Chris is so *on* all the time he may just be off his meds...

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Blind Cat Plays Fetch

Rey was born eight months ago with no eyes. Alexander Speweik adopted Rey and her sister Leia, and Rey now gets around the apartment just fine. She even plays fetch!

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Wadded up aluminum makes a great ball to roll around on a wood floor, and Rey follows it almost perfectly just by the sound. She also plays with boxes, climbs her cat tower, and wrestles with her sister. She doesn’t chase a laser light, but likes to play with the chain attached to the laser pen! You can follow Rey at her Facebook page or at Instagram. -via Digg

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This Company Specializes in Wheelchair Cosplays for Kids

Kids who use wheelchairs sometimes find that conventional costumes on sale won't work for them. That's when Walkin' & Rollin', a non-profit organization in Kansas City, comes in. The artists there specialize in the costuming and cosplaying needs of children who use wheelchairs.

It's the brainchild of Lon Davis, who started the organization after building a WALL-E costume for his son, Reese. After encountering the challenges of integrating a costume into a wheelchair, Davis began offering the service to other families for free. Last year, Davis described the design task to The Mighty:

“A lot of what Reese helps with is helping me to understand what works for a child in a wheelchair and what doesn’t,” Davis told The Mighty. “When I build a costume for his chair, he will give me hints like, ‘No, you can’t do that because then I can’t reach my brakes for my chair,’ or ‘If you attach that bar here instead, then I can get in and out of my chair easier.'”

You can see photos of costumes that Walkin' & Rollin' has produced here.

-via Super Punch

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You Can Buy This Australian Town for $750,000

A modest house in San Francisco or Sydney will set you back at least a million dollars, but if you’re looking for a bargain, you can buy an entire town! Allies Creek, Queensland, is listed for just $750,000. That includes a town hall, a sawmill, a power station, a water purification plant, paved roads, plumbing, a dammed lake, and 16 houses. The town was sold as a unit in 2008 after the sawmill went out of business, and the widow who now owns it has reduced the selling price. It’s not a ghost town; half of the homes are occupied. Read more about Allies Creek at Housely.


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Silence Falls - Who Is That Funny Fellow?


Silence Falls by RebelArt

The Doctor decided he was through with adventure, done with danger and finished fixing problems in the timestream, so he traded in his companion for a camera and a laugh track and started filming a hidden camera show. It was easy to find patsies for his show, all he had to do was look back through his database entries marked "enemies" and choose a chump to prank. But who to pull a prank on first? Considering his options he chose to begin much like comedy on film began- with the silence. A prank and a pun in one, now that's how you do live comedy like The Doctor!

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The Siemens Rebranding Fiasco

When companies want to increase their profile before their stock goes public they think about what their brand represents, so when Siemens Healthcare wanted to make a splash they knew their name would need work.

In order to shed the double entendre associated with their brand and stop being the butt of everyone's joke they started looking for a new name to go by and finally settled on a real winner- Healthineers.

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Siemens announced their new name by forcing employees to attend a mandatory "dance concert", where they were introduced to the song they'd be hearing in their nightmares for years to come. Healthineers, meet your future mutineers!

-Via Boing Boing


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It’s a Bad Idea Charlie Brown!

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader.

Since the 1965 debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charles Schulz’s Peanuts characters have appeared in more than 40 animated specials. The classics leave us feeling warm and fuzzy; others leave us wondering, “What were you thinking, Charlie Brown?”

Charlie Brown’s All Stars! (1966)

Plot: A recurring storyline in the Peanuts comic strip is Charlie Brown’s woefully bad management of his woefully bad baseball team. In this special, Charlie Brown quits baseball for good after his team loses by more than 100 runs. He’s coaxed out of retirement by Mr. Hennessey (voiced by a trombone, of course), a hardware-store owner, who offers to sponsor Charlie Brown’s team and give them new uniforms. But there’s a catch—the league is “boys only,” so he’d have to cut Lucy, Violet, Frieda, Patty, and even Snoopy. Unwilling to sell out his friends, Charlie Brown turns down Mr. Hennessey. To cheer him up, his teammates make him a new uniform…out of Linus’s security blanket. (Linus is traumatized.)

He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown! (1968)

Plot: After becoming increasingly annoyed by Snoopy’s getting into mischief, the Peanuts gang insists that Charlie Brown take action. Caving to their demand, Charlie Brown arranges to send Snoopy to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm for obedience training. Instead, Snoopy runs off and hides out at Peppermint Patty’s house. After he wears out his welcome by using her pool and drinking all her root beer, Peppermint Patty forces Snoopy to earn his keep as her maid. A few days later, when Snoopy breaks some dishes, Peppermint Patty sends him to the garage. He realizes he’s better off with Charlie Brown and runs away, back home to his doghouse. Everybody’s happy to see him again and assumes he’s learned his lesson, but he soon returns to his bad behavior. No lessons are imparted.

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10 Movie Scenes That Were Banned for Shocking Reasons


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In 2011, the 1985 hit film Back to the Future was banned from China. Why? Because at tha time, China banned any film about time travel. The Chinese argument was that time travel stories are disrespectful toward history.

That's an unconventional reason for banning a film, but it's not the only one. You can see nine others in this video by Screen Rant, including explanations for why E.T. was age-restricted in Norway and why Mad Max was prohibited in New Zealand.

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Dry Ice in a Swimming Pool

Frankly, considering how many videos we’ve seen under the topic of “fun with dry ice,” I’m surprised you can’t find it at more grocery stores.

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The Crazy Russian Hacker bought thirty pounds of dry ice just to throw it in the pool. Which, of course, makes it wet ice. It looks pretty cool, but what is surprising is how long it lasted. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Highly Entertaining Tweets From The Bad Fantasy Twitter Account

Reading a good to great fantasy novel makes the reader feel like they've been swept up onto the back of a pegasus and flown to another world, where magic, intrigue and danger abound.

On the other hand, reading bad fantasy is like watching an episode of Barney, because you always know what's coming next as you wait for the monster to remove the mask and reveal the idiot inside.

That's why bad fantasy is best read in teeny, tiny snippets, so you don't get disillusioned and decide to give up on the genre altogether, and the best place to read bad tidbits is the Awful Fantasy Twitter account.

The Awful Fantasy Twitter account is full of horrible excerpts from fantasy stories that weren't actually written and will thankfully never make it into print, and just like smoking pipeweed it's easy to know your limits.

But if you take it one terrible toke at a time you'll soon find your love of fantasy renewed and reinforced, and the hilarity of those bad entries will stick with you like a Necromancer's curse.

Read 10 Hilariously Terrible Excerpts From The Awful Fantasy Twitter Account here


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A Cougar's Two Thousand-Mile Quest to Find a Mate

For some guys, finding a girlfriend is as easy as existing. For others, it involves a tremendous amount of hard work. But probably not as much as one particular cougar which undertook an incredible journey from western South Dakota to Connecticut in a long search to find a mate.

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The wild cougar was wearing a radio tracker and there were several witnesses of his journey. So the extent of his travels is knowable. They inspired William Stolzenburg to write Heart of a Lion: A Lone Cat's Walk across America. In an interview with National Geographic, Stolzenburg described the cougar's march:

As far as we know, he started out from the Black Hills of South Dakota sometime in the late summer of 2009. At that time he was probably about one and a half years old, a young male just coming into adulthood. As most young males do, he set off in search of a mate. But instead of going west, as most lions in that part of the country do, he headed east into the Great Plains. Over time he showed up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and in Wisconsin. He disappeared for a couple months, then shows up almost two years later, 30 miles from Manhattan, in Greenwich, Connecticut. In all he probably traveled 2,000 to 5,000 miles, enough to cross the country twice. He forded all the major rivers of the East, navigated highways and an international boundary. It was one of the most spectacular journeys by an animal ever recorded.  

Sadly, the cougar hit by a car and killed northeast of New York City.

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How to Barbecue an Eggplant

How do you make an eggplant tasty? Some would say you barbecue it, while I think the sauce of garlic, onions, oil, and spices will do the job. Others would say you can’t make an eggplant tasty, but this demonstration from Guangzhou makes it look delicious.   

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She’s demonstrating how to cook while her Australian husband provides the dry wit in his English translation. Their YouTube channel sarcasmo57 has quite a few other cooking videos with comparable translations. -via reddit 

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