Spike TV Is Dead So Their Twitter Person Is Having A Field Day

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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.

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.

Of course, the whole thing could be a publicity stunt, but if it is who stands to profit from these kinds of ridiculous confessions?

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The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets

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)

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No Means No - You Must Learn


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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.

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Divers In Mexico Have Discovered The World's Largest Flooded Cave

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.”

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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.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Doc Hollywood

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.


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Family Shares The Cartoonish Results Of Their Photo Shoot With A "Professional" Photographer

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.

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Mantis Squad

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.

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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


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A Neopets Romance

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.  

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The Oral History of Breaking Bad

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


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The Dangers of an Icy Hill

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.

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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


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Come for the Ride!

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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

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What It Took For The Working Woman To Get Dressed In The 18th Century

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.

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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!


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Universal Dreams

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.  


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Mike Tyson - I'm On The Zoloft - Meet Mellow Man Mike


Mike Tyson - I'm on the Zoloft by RexelRetro

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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Going Fishing

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.

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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


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How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters

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.


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A Young Girl Fights Hard To Hang On To Her Childhood In "Lili"

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 from TOM & HANI on Vimeo.

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.


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The 19th-Century Sham Medicine That Saw Oracles in Orifices

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.


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'CamperForce'- A Documentary About Amazon's Recruiting Of Retired Seniors As Seasonal Workers

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)".

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Questionable Mythology

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.


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Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You?

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.  

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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


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Original Products That Are Actually Total Ripoffs

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.

See 17 'Original' Products That Are Actually Total Ripoffs here


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The Charming Snowplows of Scotland

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

Gritallica
Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
Gritty Gonzales
Gritty McVittie
Sir Salter Scott
Sir Andy Flurry
Ready Spready Go
Ice Queen   
Luke Snowalker
Sir Grits a Lot
Mr. Ploughie
Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney
David Plowie
Fred
Brad Grit
Gritney Spears
The Subzero Hero
Usain Salt

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BBC Reporter Tries To Evade China's CCTV Facial Recognition Network

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!

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You Have Failed NYC - Don't Worry, Casey Will Be At Bat Again Soon!


You Have Failed NYC by Jedi Hipster

When you dedicate your life to fighting for your city you wind up putting your very reputation as a hero on the line whenever you go out and fight crime, but Casey Jones was never that much of a planner so he never gave his rep a second thought. Next thing you know he's out battling the Foot Clan alongside some mutant turtles for the fate of New York- and the ninjas kept coming until the five of them had to retreat or die. It's not Casey's fault he got in over his head, all he wanted to do was to help take his neighborhood back from old Shred Head and instead he ended up involved in an all out war...

Show the world that Casey Jones has got your back with this You Have Failed NYC t-shirt by Jedi Hipster, featuring a mighty cool design that'll make your fellow TMNT fans sit up and take notice.

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The Road Movie: A Documentary of Russian Dash Cam Videos

Russian drivers began using dash cams in their vehicles as soon as they were available to the public. They were important for defense against scam artists who demanded payment for being hit. But the cameras across the vast country caught all kinds of "only in Russia" events that made their way around the world via the internet. Now, director Dmitrii Kalashnikov has compiled the wildest of these videos into a feature-length documentary entitled The Road Movie, which opens in New York this Friday. Here's the trailer.  

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The Road Movie can be pre-ordered as a digital download, available March 6. -via Laughing Squid


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How Montana Gold Rushers Literally Threw Away a Fortune in Sapphires

They were looking for gold. Prospectors were all over Montana in the mid-19th century, finding both minerals and gemstones, but since they were solely focused on gold, they overlooked the best sapphires in the U.S. They threw away the blue stones that showed up in their pans at Yogo Gulch, not realizing that they were worth more than the gold they were searching for. That changed in 1895, when a prospector sent a box of blue stones to Dr. George F. Kunz, a gemologist at Tiffany's. Sapphires of various colors from Montana were common, but those from the Yogo Gulch were special.

In 1897, Kunz wrote for the American Journal of Science, and detailed the specific and ultimate coloration of sapphires from the Yogo Gulch region. He wrote that the deviation in color of the stones were “varying from light blue to quite dark blue, including some of the true ‘cornflower’ blue tint so much prized in the sapphires of the Ceylon… Some of them are ‘peacock blue’ and some dichroic, showing a deeper tint in one direction than in another; and some of the ‘cornflower’ gems are equal to any of the Ceylonese, which they strongly resemble,—more than they do those of the Cashmere.”

Yogo Sapphires made a splash -and a lot of money. The Yogo Gulch area is still mined for sapphires today. Read about them at The Daily Beast.  -via Digg

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La De Da De Da De Da De Day Oh

Bill Wurtz (previously at Neatorama) has done so many nonsense songs that it surprises us to hear one that makes perfect sense. Still, his quirky way of constructing a song lends it a real charm.

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Warning: earworm. -via reddit


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21 Facts You Might Not Know About Rodney Dangerfield

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

Rodney Dangerfield was one of the funniest stand-up comedians in the history of the field. Rodney's wonderful movies, plus his always hilarious TV appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show, Saturday Night Live, and so many others, kept us all in stitches. His put upon, constantly harassed character who "got no respect" struck a chord with all of us.

Sadly, the hilarious comic suffered a lifelong struggle battling depression (he kept his depression a secret until the 1990's, then he was actually quite open about it). We thank Rodney for the countless laughs he gave us. Now let's take a look at the brilliantly talented and quite fascinating man.

1. Rodney was born Jacob Cohen on November 22, 1921, in Long Island, New York. As a teenager, he helped support his family by selling newspapers and ice cream on the beach, he also delivered groceries.

2. He was writing jokes by age 15. At 19, he decided to try being a stand-up comic. He took on the stage name of "Jack Roy" and performed under this name for ten years. Although he was to later become world famous as Rodney Dangerfield, Jack Roy remained his legal name for the rest of his life.

3. He performed as a stand-up comic until the 1950s. He was heavily in debt when he quit. Before he officially left show business, he worked as a singing waiter (he was fired) and a performed as an acrobatic diver.

4. Rodney spent the '50's as an aluminum siding salesman in New Jersey. He also worked as a truck driver.

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Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

There are blue animals, but the species are small in number compared to the other colors among living things, such as red, orange, yellow, and brown. Sure, when we look up to the sky, we see blue. When we look at the Earth from space, we see a blue marble. But the few animal species that look blue don't use pigments -they use physics. And those physics are complicated. It turns out that animals are better at engineering than they are at chemistry.     

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Okay, there's one exception to the pigment thing, which we learn about in the video. Our friends at It's Okay To Be Smart explain why it's so hard for nature to create the color blue. -via Boing Boing


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