Friday, May 25, 2018

But Why?

This seems awfully familiar for some reason. It's a comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Best Answer

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All Star on Organ



A hundred-year-old Marenghi Organ can still play contemporary tunes. See this same organ play a disco hit and another old favorite. (via Digg)

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Solo Marks Star Wars's Return to Sleaze. Without lightsabers, the Force, or the fate of planets in the balance, we get a look at the seedy side of a galaxy far, far away.

Analyzing Trump's Breakup Letter to Kim Jong Un.  

Why Are Our Brains So Big, Anyway? A new study points to what we needed to think about the most.

Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women Baseball Players Took the Field. The short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League proved women could play, but it was far from equitable.

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)

Life Inside Texas' Border Security Zone. Billions of dollars have been spent making it a police state, with residents constantly under surveillance.

Remembering the ‘Saurian Monster’ That Terrorized 1880s New Zealand. In a nation that has few predators of any size, the attacks caused a sensation.

Camels Can Eat Long-Needled Cactus. They've adapted to a desert diet, but watching it might make you feel nervous.

Medical Mystery: Something Happened to U.S. Health Spending After 1980. (via Metafilter)

Xena: Disney Warrior Princess.

A blast from the past (2012): Four Feline Photographers.

Hug

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How to Cook for 10,000 People



Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Delhi's biggest Sikh temple, welcomes everyone, no matter their station or religion, for a meal. The kitchen is open 24 hours a day, and is supplied and staffed by volunteers. Chapatis, dal soup, potatoes, and more, all for around 10,000 people every day. Anyone who visits can volunteer for simple jobs to help out the production if they want to. Besides a temple and kitchen, the complex also houses a school, hospital, hotel, and a library. (via reddit)

Tweet of the Day



Thursday, May 24, 2018

That's Not How Breathalyzers Work

Camel Eats a Cactus



When you live in the desert, you evolve to eat what's there. Watch this hardcore dromedary munch down on a prickly pear cactus with 6-inch spines! And you thought Captain Crunch made your mouth sore. Apparently, camels have protrusions inside their mouths containing keratin that are tough and flexible like plastic that enables them to deal with just about any food source they come across. They are also ruminants, so everything gets chewed up more than once. (via Boing Boing)

Laughing

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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)

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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.