Sara Carson and Hero on America's Got Talent

Sara Carson does some amazing things with her dog Hero, as we saw a few months ago. On their televised audition for America's Got Talent last night, they performed a pirate-themed routine that had Hero wielding a sword!

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The crowd loved it, but the judges didn't. Except for Simon Cowell, who threw his weight around and got Carson and Hero into the next round. You can see the extended scene here.  -via Tastefully Offensive  


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12-Year-Old Helps Deliver Her Baby Brother

It's rare to find a teen or tween who even wants to be at the hospital while their mom gives birth to a new family member, much less hang out in the delivery room.

But 12-year-old Jacee Dellapena wanted to attend the birth of her new baby brother Zadyn, so her parents allowed her to be in the delivery room while her mom Dede gave birth.

Then Dede's obstetrician Dr. Walter Wolfe suggested Jacee should suit up and help him deliver Zadyn, a suggestion she was surprisingly excited about.

And with her parents' wholehearted approval Jacee stepped up and helped bring Zadyn into this world, which will forever give her the upper hand in arguments with her little brother!

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Google's Self-Driving Semi Trucks

Someone leaked images from Google's self-driving vehicle division Waymo to Jalopnik, and they show Peterbilt tractor-trailers. Google announced earlier this month that it's working on long-haul autonomous carriers. It really might not be long before driverless vehicles are delivering goods across the country.

Long-haul trucking is a likely and obvious place for autonomous vehicles to take hold before they become common as passenger vehicles. The fact that the vehicles tend to be fleet owned, centrally monitored, and used for long highway stretches makes them ideal early adopters.

While many speculate this will cause a lot of job loss for truckers, I suspect there will remain a need to have a human ‘minder’ in the truck to act as a backup and to handle communications, security, refueling, and other duties, at least initially.

It would be nice for truck drivers to be able to sleep on the way, but most professional drivers I know would have a problem not being in control, so it will probably be a new generation of 'minders' assigned to these trucks. Initially. Eventually, the trucks be able to fuel themselves. Read what information can be gleaned from the pictures at Jalopnik.


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'Tom Waits For No One'- An Obscure Animated Short From 1979 Starring Tom Waits

You'd think an Oscar-winning animated short starring Tom Waits would be well known in certain circles, especially when it's entitled "Tom Waits For No One".

But it appears this 1979 short by The Lyon Lamb Company was hiding out on the edge of the pop culture infosphere waiting to reappear and blow our minds.

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Here's a little background on this obscure animated short:

“Tom Waits for No One” is the title of an absolutely amazing animated short that was made in 1979 by the Lyon Lamb company, the Oscar-winning technological innovators behind the Lyon Lamb Video Animation System which allowed animators to see immediate pencil tests of something without having to shoot it on film.

Through a series of lucky events (seeing Tom Waits in his memorable TV appearance on Fernwood 2Night, then a few weeks later noticing Waits’ name on the marquee of the Roxy nightclub after a screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind was sold out), John Lamb came to direct Waits in a rotoscoped animation for his song “The One That Got Away” to demonstrate their new device for the film industry.

Over thirteen hours of video was shot and edited down to 5,500 frames, which were then individually re-drawn and hand-painted onto celluloid acetate. What today would take a comparatively trivial amount of time then took the best in the business about six months of hard work.

adly, the impressive short had few outlets for people to see it, preceding MTV as it did by just a few years. The film remained in obscurity until it was uploaded to YouTube a few years back, and Lamb—who kept nearly all of the film’s elements safely stored away—started a Kickstarter to fund a remastering in modern day video resolution. There’s also a book, Tom Waits for No One: The Illustrated Scrapbook, that was published in 2014.

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Cameos By Real People in Their Own Biopics

It's quite an honor to have a movie made about you while you're still alive to enjoy it (it certainly helps if you wrote the book). But how intimidating it must be for the actor who must portray you! Quite a few films not only tell the story of someone who lived it, but that subject is sometimes on the set, and even in the film itself. It's usually a small part, or even a cameo just walking through the background, but if you pay close attention, you'll get a kick out of spotting them. Check out a list of these movie appearances by a biopic's subject at TVOM.


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Fun Easter Eggs Hidden Inside of Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

Guardians of the Galaxy fans have been super excited about the recently open ride over at Disney's California Adventure, but whether you have visited or not, you still should know about some of the amazing Easter eggs hidden in the line for the ride that are great for both Disney fans and Marvel fans alike. Many of these secrets are well hidden, but if you read this Travel and Leisure article, you'll at least know what to keep an eye out for. 

The list has 25 Easter eggs, so you might not be able to remember them all, but it's still a great thing to read before your next trip to Anaheim. 


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The Cheetah Meow

Lions roar, cougars scream, and cheetahs …meow? We know that cheetahs don't roar, and can purr like house cats, but did you know that a cheetah will sometimes meow? I didn't, either.


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Make Your Summer Sizzle With A New NeatoShop T-Shirt

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Summer means different things to different people, but there's one thing everybody has in common when the weather warms up- we all want to wear t-shirts so we can stay cool.

If you want to make sure you're not wearing the same tee as everybody else, and you're looking for a t-shirt with an unique design that will blow people's minds, then you should head to the NeatoShop today!

In the summer we all try to stay cool however we can

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And we all like to head outdoors and do stuff, since the days are so much longer

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Which is why we all want a cool t-shirt to wear in the summer

Summer by Hillary White

So we're looking our best when we're out and about

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13th Doctor - A Geeky Dream Come True

13th Doctor by Karen Hallion

There has been lots of discussion about who might be chosen to play The 13th incarnation of the Doctor, and fans have been hoping to see some new blood cast in the iconic role. But wouldn't it be great to see the Doctor return as a woman? The Master already made the transition and Missy is way more fun than the Master ever was, so why not let the Doctor transition too?

Show the world you're hoping for a far more female future with this 13th Doctor t-shirt by Karen Hallion, and maybe the show's creators will make our dream come true!

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The 5 Most Annoying Things to Say During an Argument

As toxic as some internet sites and forums can be these days, there's one thing you can learn from them: how not to argue your point. If you can look at what's happening in a particular argument, you can see what might be working and what's not helping at all. But since it's so difficult for us to remain calm and non-opinionated long enough to study such things, Jacob Andrews did it for us. One example of "you're not helping" is when someone tells another to calm down. Sure, it makes sense when you say it, but to the person hearing it, you've just invalidated their emotions and the importance of the subject. The result is they become less calm. Read the rest of the "don'ts" for arguing at College Humor.  


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Boomer The Skateboarding Cat Doesn't Mind A Crowd

There are so many skateboarding dogs and cats out there I won't be surprised when they start going pro, especially the dogs who don't mind a crowd forming around them.

But cats seem like they'd be less keen on a crowd, preferring to skate behind a grocery store instead of at the skate park, so they can chill and focus on the ride.

However, Boomer the Bengal could go pro any day now- because he isn't afraid to show off his skating skills in front of an attentive crowd, as long as they don't touch his board...

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-Via Laughing Squid

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George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

"It was a bright cold day in April, as the clocks were striking thirteen." Thus begins one of the most chilling, haunting, amazing, and many say prophetic, novels ever written. George Orwell's 1984 (henceforth written here in this more brief form for the sake of brevity) is also one of the most popular and beloved novels of all-time, selling over 30 million copies to date. By 1989, the book had been translated into 65 different languages, the most ever for a novel in English up to that point in time. Besides its many other influences, 1984 has also added several new words and terms into the english lexicon, including Big Brother, thought police, doublespeak, thought crime, newspeak, and 2 + 2 = 5.

As a young man, George Orwell (born Eric Blair) spent four and a half years working for the imperial police in Burma. In his position, Orwell had over people, their lives, their circumstances, and their very person.

A Burma imperial policeman was required to witness hangings. Orwell witnessed first hand what it was like to execute a man in cold blood and what it was like to have total power over a fellow human being. He viewed the scarred buttocks of people who had been caned, as well as caged prisoners. He grew to hate the regime. Orwell was to recall: "I have been part of an oppressive system and it has left me with a bad conscience... I was conscious of an immense weight that I had got to expiate."

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Why Do Planes Still Have Ashtrays?

Once upon a time, when people smoked everywhere, you could smoke on airline flights. The back of the plane was designated as a smoking section, but then so was the First Class section in the front. And everyone breathed the same recirculated air anyway. Smoking on planes was phased out by the end of the 20th century, but planes still have ashtrays. Yes, they do. They're found in the bathroom doors. And it's not just because the planes are old -ashtrays are required in planes.   

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) list of “minimum equipment” for aircraft, an ashtray in the plane toilet is still a legal requirement.

Yes, despite nobody smoking on a plane, bar a few belligerent celebrities and louts, the FAA says that lavatory doors must still be fitted with ashtrays because if someone were to have, illegally, a cheeky fag, they still need to stub it out, and it's best they have somewhere to do that rather than cause a fire by dropping it in the bin.

In 2009, a plane was delayed because an ashtray had to be replaced. Read more about this strange requirement and the history of smoking on planes at the Telegraph. -via TYWKIWDBI  


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Everyone is a Hero

The song "みんながみんな英雄" ("Everyone is a Hero"), from the Japanese group AI, became a big hit in 2016. The video is gorgeous, and full of wacky scenes depicting heroes from different folktales coming together.

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You might recognize the tune as "Turkey in the Straw." That tune has a peculiar history in Japan, where it is known as "The Oklahoma Mixer."

In 1946, an American education officer named Winfeld Niblo was stationed in Nagasaki, working to help Japan integrate Western educational values such as equality of the sexes through co-ed programs and activities. One such activity that he came up with was to teach country line dancing in Japan. Traditional Japanese dances rarely involve partners or physical contact between dancers, and his new dance soon became wildly popular, so much so that supposedly some began referring to square dancing simply as Niblo Dancing.

As the trend continued spreading throughout Japan, the founder of the Japan Association of Teachers of Dancing, Takami Shinkichi(玉置真吉), helped integrate square dancing into the national curriculum. Apparently he was teaching a version of Schottische line dance called the Oklahoma Mixer but found that the tempo and some of the footsteps were difficult, so he replaced the music with the slower Turkey in the Straw and simplified the steps (at least according to blogs and comments).

Before long, the song and dance became a staple in school sports days, and now most people know the song by the name of the dance.

Read more about The Oklahoma Mixer at Metafilter, with plenty of supporting links and more in the comments.


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29 Mind-blowing Banana Facts

You may think you know a lot about bananas because you've eaten them all your life. Even if you do, you'll learn more in a list chock-full of banana facts, all with links for further reading. Did you know…

8. The so-called "banana tree" is not a tree at all. In fact, it is the world's largest herb.

9. Walmart sells more bananas than any other item.

10. Banana fibers can be used to purify water.

That's just a small taste of the bananas …I mean, banana facts. Check out all 29 banana facts in a list that's just plain bananas at Buzzfeed.

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Cat Asks for Help, Gets It

The YouTuber who goes by the name "walter santi" (Walter is his/her dog, and Santi is a cat) tells the story of an injured stray cat who came to their house and asked for help. The video shows his wounds and may be disturbing for sensitive souls.

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You'll be glad to know the cat is fine now. Here's an update video taken 40 days later, showing him chasing around like he was never hurt. -via Laughing Squid

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Epic Trucks, Trailers, Buses And Other Vehicles You Can Actually Stay In

The type of lodgings people choose when they're traveling says a lot about the type of trip they're on- stuck in a stuffy hotel means business trip, staying in the city center means tourist trip, and theme park hotel means non-stop fun.

So what kind of trip are you on if you stay in an old converted fire truck called The Beermoth, a furnished barge or a plush Constructam caravan parked near Camusdarach Beach in Arisaig, Inverness-shire?

You're on an epic vacation adventure you'll remember for the rest of your life, and the refurbished and furnished vehicles you're staying in are just part of the fun.

And what could be more fun than glamping in a converted Sea King search and rescue helicopter? Nothing could be more fun, except maybe if the helicopter was Airwolf...

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The Best Hot Dogs, Taste-Tested

The staff of the New York Times taste-tested ten hot dogs, most of which are available at your local grocery store. The ten were all-beef franks, so they will cost a little more than average, but you should get some idea of what you're looking for from their descriptions, in case you're hosting a picnic for the Fourth of July.

First, the hot dogs would be cooked on a gas grill until well browned.

Next, each would be tasted plain to evaluate the intrinsic qualities of the hot dog: seasoning, beefiness, snap, texture.

Last, each would be eaten in a bun with the judge’s preordained condiments — the same for each dog, to keep the flavor profile consistent.

This important final step would allow us to assess the melding of meat and bread, sweetness and spice, salt and juice that makes up a perfect hot dog. The bun should hug the hot dog closely; there should be enough juice in the hot dog to keep the whole package together; condiments should complement the hot dog, not overwhelm it.  

If you ask my opinion, any hot dog is great when it's cooked on a grill outdoors in summertime, served with mustard and some potato salad (or even just chips) while you eat outside. I guess that's why they didn't ask me to be a judge. Read the results of the taste-test here.  -via Digg

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New Study Finds Cats Most Likely Domesticated Themselves

Cats are truly amazing creatures, and since humans have never been able to fully tame those tiny tigers it's not all that surprising to hear a new study has found cats pretty much domesticated themselves.

But this discovery does seem to indicate that cats like humans as much as we like them, a secret the Feline Illuminati would kill to keep under wraps.

Casey Smith reported about the findings in National Geographic:

The earlier ancestors of today’s domestic cats spread from southwest Asia and into Europe as early as 4400 B.C. The cats likely started hanging around farming communities in the Fertile Crescent about 8,000 years ago, where they settled into a mutually beneficial relationship as humans’ rodent patrol.

Mice and rats were attracted to crops and other agricultural byproducts being produced by human civilizations. Cats likely followed the rodent populations and, in turn, frequently approached the human settlements.

“This is probably how the first encounter between humans and cats occurred,” says study coauthor Claudio Ottoni of the University of Leuven. “It’s not that humans took some cats and put them inside cages,” he says. Instead, people more or less allowed cats to domesticate themselves.

A second lineage, consisting of African cats that dominated Egypt, spread into the Mediterranean and most of the Old World beginning around 1500 B.C. This Egyptian cat probably had behaviors that made it attractive to humans, such as sociability and tameness.

The results suggest that prehistoric human populations probably began carrying their cats along ancient land and sea trade routes to control rodents.

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Starter Grow Kit - Trainers Gotta Start Somewhere

Starter Grow Kit by miski

Trainers have a hard time breaking in to the pocket monster training game, and some trainers start out so young it's impossible for them to go out and catch 'em all because they aren't allowed to cross the street without a parent or guardian. So Rocket Corp has created the Pocket Monster Starter Grow Kit, which contains a starter monster of your choice and a bit of their natural environment so they'll feel right at home at your home. Then all you have to do is feed them, train them and get them to evolve and Rocket Corp will send someone out to retrieve your pocket monster and give you a new one free of charge. Thanks team Rocket Corp! Wait, something seems fishy about that deal...

Get ready to catch all the looks and make people smile wherever you go when you wear this Starter Grow Kit t-shirt by Miski, it's too cute for words!

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Even in the 1700s, Book Clubs Were Really About Drinking and Socializing

Once you got all dressed in the 1700s, you needed to have some place to go! You might even go to the library for a book club meeting, although that could cause people to talk.

These libraries weren’t just places to find books, but social institutions as well. One famous library also had a billiard room, a public exhibition room, and a music library. “They were not the hushed environments that we now associated with libraries, but, at their best, elegant spaces full of people to converse with,” Williams writes. Libraries even had a touch of controversy, as they gave people of different social classes access to books and offered women a place to congregate outside the home.

As books became more available to everyday people, they gathered to share them with each other, and even to discuss them, in bars and public houses as well as libraries. Of course, when people get together to talk, the subject cannot be limited to one subject, and a social gathering needs refreshments, right? Read about those early, rowdy book clubs at Atlas Obscura.


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Stanley Kubrick Talks About Growing Up As A Misfit In This Cool Video

You can learn a lot about a person by examining their childhood roots, because all the good and bad things that happened to us when we were kids have an impact on who we are and what we do for the rest of our lives.

Stanley Kubrick was a school misfit who had "few intellectual interests" as a child and claims he didn't read a book for pleasure until after graduating from high school.

But when he discovered photography around age thirteen his artistic mind began to flourish, and he set his mind on becoming a professional photographer- which eventually led to him becoming a visionary film director.

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This video by The Solomon Society features a lost recording of Kubrick talking about his childhood, and how photography helped him move past his misfit phase.

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When the Beast of Gévaudan Terrorized France

At the point where belief in supernatural forest monsters overlapped the new era of newspaper distribution lies the story of the Beast of Gévaudan. Beginning in 1764, the people of the French region of Gévaudan suffered 100 deaths and nearly 300 injuries attributed to a unknown beast. The country was entranced by the press accounts of the attacks, and eyewitness descriptions from those who survived.   

Individuals may have had some success defending themselves, but official hunters had none. In February 1765, the d’Ennevals, a father-son hunter duo from Normandy, announced they would travel to Gévaudan to eliminate the beast. Jean-Charles, the father, boasted he’d already killed 1,200 wolves, relevant information assuming the predator was, in fact, a wolf. But no one was sure of that. “It is much bigger than a wolf,” wrote Lafont in an early report. “It has a snout somewhat like a calf’s and very long hair, which would seem to indicate a hyena.”

Duhamel described the animal as even more fantastical. In his words, it had a “breast as wide as a horse,” “a body as long as a leopard’s,” and fur that’s that was “red with a black stripe.” Duhamel concluded, “You will undoubtedly think, like I do, that this is a monster [hybrid], the father of which is a lion. What its mother was remains to be seen.”

Other witnesses claimed the beast had supernatural abilities. “It could walk on its hind feet and its hide could repel bullets and it had fire in its eyes and it came back from the dead more than once and had amazing leaping ability,” Smith says.

While the animal could have been a lion or other escaped exotic creature, many modern-day researchers believe the Beast of Gévaudan was an particularly large wolf, or wolves. After the newspaper accounts died down, the beast attacks continued until 1767, although normal wolf encounters remained. Read the saga of Beast of Gévaudan at Smithsonian.


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A Game Where You Slap A Watermelon To Learn About The Horror Of Being A Watermelon

The Melon Game Jam started out as an inside joke among the game developers who attended A MAZE 2016 and became a delicious reality one year later, producing watermelon-themed video games for a fruit hungry world.

But one standout title from the Melon Jam actually uses a watermelon as a controller- 'The Story of The Revolutionary Watermelon That Wanted To Live Free as a Bird and Learned How To Escape' by SpaceBackyard.

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This crazy strange game stars a sentient watermelon who tries to escape its fruity fate by hopping to freedom, which usually doesn't end well for the watermelon:

The music and sound design is ominous and your efforts are mostly futile, sort of like if you replaced the protagonist in one of Playdead’s game’s with a watermelon; Limbo but for sentient produce.

All you can do as the watermelon is hop, and roll where you will, but the input is finicky, leading to chaos. If you’re not hopping enough, you’ll get snagged on a branch or stuck in a gully, but spam the jump command too much and you’ll eventually explode.

In order to debut their game in style at the Melon Jam SpaceBackyard replaced the keyboard with an actual watermelon, forcing players to slap the fruit if they wanted to play. Ethan Gach of Kotaku spoke to the creators to find out how they turned a watermelon into a game controller:

“Just some days ago we tried to put up something from scratch with the components found at home,” they told me in an email. “Technically speaking, it’s a really simple Arduino custom circuit and code based on a vibration sensor attached to a 100% real watermelon.” The sensor then connects to the computer and inputs the jump command every time a player slaps it. The hardest part, they said, was choosing the right watermelon.

“That road test was very useful to understand how people interact with a watermelon and how long it lasts,” they said. I asked them why they went to all the trouble though.

“Why not! Slapping a watermelon is so fun!”

You can too can try living a short and thankless life as a watermelon over at the game’s itch.io page, and once Space Backyard releases their diagram and code, you can even play it using your very own watermelon.

-Via Kotaku


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Five Actors You Totally Forgot Were in X-Men Movies

There have been ten X-Men films released since the year 2000. Unless you're a comic book fan from way back, it's hard to keep up with which ones you've seen, much less who is in them all. And considering the film series is 17 years old, some of the actors who appeared in the earlier films went from unknown to well-known in that time. Check out five of those actors and relive some of the "aha" moments from the X-Men series at TVOM. 


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Vintage Photos Of Big And Beautiful Hairstyles From The 1960s

Americans were way more in to "big" in the 60s- big cars, big collars and big hairstyles, but in order to live large folks had to put in work. Can you imagine washing one of those giant 60s street boats by hand?

People probably washed their cars about as often as women washed their hair, which according to my grandma was about once or twice a week, which is one of the secrets to big hair.

In order to create their picture perfect beehives, bouffants, pompadours and blowouts they had to backcomb their hair for maximum volume, a time consuming practice that would be reserved for a special occasion today.

But many of the women in these vintage photos maintained their crazy hairstyles daily, and they should have been given a trophy for their dedication to coiffed hair. Or perhaps a bobblehead would have been more appropriate?

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Why Chimpanzees Are So Strong

Great apes include gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, chimpanzees, and humans. While chimpanzees are the smallest, humans are the weakest. Chimps are much stronger than humans, even accounting for physical condition, meaning they are stronger than our top athletes.

Pound-for-pound, chimpanzees are 1.5 times stronger than humans at pulling and jumping tasks, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This strength is not the result of the chimpanzee’s physical form, its range of motion, or a newly-discovered dedication to bench presses and deadlifts, but instead, the product of how the fibers in chimp muscles are distributed. Because chimpanzees are our closest-living primate relative, these findings are offering new insights into human evolution—and why’re we’re such weaklings.

See, the human world never really had a chance against Caesar and his followers. Read more about this research at Gizmodo.

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Getting Dressed in the 1700s

You've seen tons of portraits of 18th century women like Martha Washington and Marie Antoinette, and while you know what their clothes look like, you probably have no idea how much work went into putting those dresses on. 

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This video shows just how complex it was to dress like a proper women of the 1700s and why any woman with the money absolutely had to have a maid to help dress her. One thing women didn't fuss with back then though -underwear, which is why the woman starts in her dressing gown.

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Paper Airplane Research Review

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Glimpses at some of the relevant papers
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BonDurant’s Better Plane

“Folded Paper Airplane,” U.S. Patent #4377052, issued March 22, 1983 to James BonDurant for:

A folded paper airplane formed of a blank of sheet material having a downfold line extending along an axis of the sheet, a pair of transverse cuts near a rear edge and forming a tail piece, a pair of fuselage forming upfold lines extending from the midpoints of segments of the forward edge to a point adjacent the intersection of the downfold line and the transverse cuts, a pair of cockpit forming downfold lines extending from the midpoints, a pair of set of at least two successive upfold lines extending from the same midpoints, and a pair of wing forming downfold lines extending from the leading edges of the resulting wing surfaces near the cockpit to terminate at the other distal ends of the transverse cuts.

Paper Airplanes in Water

Detail from Feng et al.’s study of paper airplanes in flowing water.

“On the Aerodynamics of Paper Airplanes,” Ng Bing Feng, Kng Qiao Mei, Pey Yin Yin, and Jörg U.
Schlüter, 27th American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Applied Aerodynamics Conference, June 2009, San Antonio, Texas. The authors, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, report:

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A Man and His Pineapple

It's not easy to grow a pineapple. It's more difficult in some places than others, but redditor vlone17's dad finally harvested one of his own. He was so proud, he had a portrait made with it. Without his shoes on. The original thread at reddit had a lot of information about growing pineapples, but people had fun with the portrait, too. JimRug thought he'd look good as a Snapchat sticker.

Then aledlewis gave it the old switcheroo.



Bahet went meta with it.



Which Daxter614 took even further.



An entire string of Photoshoppers piled on to give us this silliness.



All the fuss made Dad's day, and is enshrined at their home for posterity. 


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