Vampirez - Dracula Days - Their Tunes Are Sure To Get The Blood Pumping

Vampirez- Dracula Days by Dicky the Darkwraith

The Draculaz, or as they're more commonly called the Drac Pack, have rarely been seen together since Count Von Count started counting how many rats Nosferatu ate for breakfast, which upset him since he was supposed to be on a tomato juice cleanse. But now they've decided to put all their differences aside and tour once again, playing their miserable yet hypnotic music for a new generation of kids with far too much fresh blood pumping through their veins. The Draculaz are hoping this tour will land them a record deal and an international tour, so they can gain a new herd of fans willing to bleed for their favorite vampire band...

Support your favorite band of bloodsuckers with this Vampirez-Dracula Days t-shirt by Dicky The Darkwraith, featuring a monster mashup like you've never seen before!

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7 Airports More Interesting Than the One You’re Stuck In

Dealing with an airline trip for the holidays (and back) can be a pain, but if you were to travel to some superlative airports, you'd have a story to tell your relatives when you get there. Forinstance, imagine having to time flights to low tide, as they do at Barra, UK.

At the Barra Airport in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, the tide determines the landing time. It’s the only airport in the world where the planes land on the beach. When high tide isn’t hiding the runway beneath a layer of water, passengers can depart the aircraft and stretch their legs on the golden-white ground, often to the applause of curious spectators who’ve stopped to watch takeoffs and landings.

"What do you mean, I can't book an earlier flight because the tide will be in?" There's also an airport with a runway made of ice, one lined with houses where people store their own planes, and one below sea level, all in a list at Atlas Obscura.

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Hilarious Moments Of Cringe Inducing FAIL

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FAIL is something that never seems to go away, and no matter how many times people fail hard and become a laughing stock online there's always another yutz waiting in the wings for their chance to fail spectacularly. And sometimes that yutz is wearing a cheap Halloween store tophat.

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When faced with someone's FAIL your first response may be to feel bad for that person, but that's the last thing you should do because it was their bad decisions that led them to FAIL in the first place.

The kind of bad decisions that leave you eating your burger and fries off the bathroom floor like a FAIL gourmet.

Without FAIL we wouldn't have American heroes like this brilliant man out there making America stupid again.

And if not for the FAIL this guy would go on crying to his own songs forever, songs I'm guessing his love interests don't find half as moving as he does.

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A Cake That Demands an Oven of Its Own

The delicious cake called baumkuchen was once a staple of German weddings and Christmas celebrations. It comes in a peculiar shape, likened to a cross-cut slice of a tree trunk. A disc of baumkuchen reveals concentric circles, like the rings that show a tree's age. How do they do that?  

Achieving this is a feat of unlikely cake engineering. The original method involves a spit turning over a fire. Thick batter is scooped, in heaping spoonfuls, directly onto the spit and spread across its length. As the batter drips and rotates, it creates craggy ridges, like the bark of a tree. When the batter turns golden brown, another scoop of batter is heaped on top, and the spinning continues. After 15 to 20 repetitions, the accumulating layers have formed rings that are imperfectly round and alternate between pale yellow and a toasty brown. The cake gets a glaze of warm apricot jam to seal in the moisture and prevent it from drying out, and then sometimes a crackly shell of chocolate or vanilla icing.

You can see a picture of that process here. Making baumkuchen over a fire for commercial use doesn't work well, as it is slow and produces inconsistent results. Specially-built ovens were used, but bakeries that make the cake are disappearing, because new ovens cost $100,000 and used ovens are hard to find. Read about the history and future of baumkuchen at Taste. -via Digg  

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Genius Ways People Protected Their Christmas Tree From Their Pets

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Many people like to go out the day after Thanksgiving and grab their Christmas tree, so they have a full month to enjoy it before unceremoniously chucking it in the trash the day after Christmas.

But the problem with having your tree up for that long is your pets have a full month to plot how they're going to climb, shred, pee on or otherwise ruin your beautiful tree, leaving you with a new project- protect the tree from your a-hole pets.

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Sometimes a simple fear-based deterrent will work, like surrounding your tree with vacuum cleaners (preferably ones that are plugged in and ready to go), but depending on the pet you may have to go to extremes to protect your tree.

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The Final Straw

Scarecrows and crows are sworn enemies, and as you can guess by their name scarecrows are created in order to scare crows away from the crops, which means the scarecrow's life depends on them keeping the farm crow free.

But what is a scarecrow to do when their terrifying appearance no longer scares the birds? They can't just hang around hoping the crows will go away, they've got to get creative and find ways to make those crows leave the farm for good...

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The Final Straw is a fun animated short by Ricky Renna, a student at the Ringling College of Art and Design who clearly has a problem with crows!

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Star Wars Posters from Around the World

Kevin Church found many of the various ways the original Star Wars trilogy was advertised in far-flung countries of the world. Above is a rather inexplicable Star Wars poster from Russia.

The three posters for Japan were illustrated by Noriyoshi Ohrai.

The three gorgeous posters for Hungary were illustrated by Tibor Helényi. Also see the posters for Poland in the Twitter thread.  -via Boing Boing

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A Determined Trio Of Bears Try To Break Into A Bear-Proof Garbage Can

When a hungry bear sets his mind to stealing food from humans he doesn't give up until he gets it, a fact to which campers who have woken up to find their food supply devoured can attest.

Because bears are so keen to raid our coolers, freezers and trash cans companies now make products they claim are bear proof, but how do we know they'll actually live up to their claim?

Well, the makers of the bear-proof trash can featured in this footage shot by a homeowner in Monrovia, California can use the video to show their product in action- and prove even three bears working together can't crack it open!

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The Story Behind The Natural

The 1984 film The Natural starred Robert Redford as a talented baseball player working against a corrupt team owner. That's a major simplification of the complicated plot that resulted in a totally satisfying sports film. And Redford looked really good in it. But the story that inspired the book and then the film was insane.  

1. The movie was inspired by a real story

In 1949 a woman who was stalking one of the baseball players in Chicago, actually shot a player with a gun. This inspired Bernard Malamud to write a book about it in 1952. The book and the story served as the inspirations behind the 1984 film “The Natural.”

2. The woman who committed the crime disappeared

For many years, the woman who committed the crime of shooting the ball player seemed to disappear off the radar. The incident seemed to be forgotten until somebody noticed that her obituary appeared in a Chicago Tribune Newspaper. Ruth Ann Steinhagen passed away at the age of 83.

Although it is formatted as a numbered trivia list, this is really the story of the crime that inspired The Natural. Read the rest of it at TVOM.

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The Man in the Husky Mask

At first glance, you'd think that these dogs recognize one of their own kind. Boy, will they be disappointed when he takes that mask off!

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But no, in this video from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand, the pack of dogs recognizes the man underneath. It's their owner, and they are giving him their customary enthusiastic greeting as he returns home from work. It's very possible, though, that they appreciate his attempts at fitting in with them. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Pictures of Weird Stuff in Your Parents' House

Jenn, who has more than 8k followers on Twitter, asked people to "Please show me pictures of weird stuff in your parents house." She followed up with "I want to see the seashells in the bathrooms people". To be honest, seashells in the bathroom is not all that odd for older folks, just an outdated decor style. But soon, submissions got really weird, like Karen Cravens Karen‏'s pictures of a guest bathroom above.‏ Oh, we saw a lot of seashells, and quite a few bizarre collections on display. Like this set of animal traps from The Blogess.

This one has a story behind it.

Her body was donated to a medical school in the late 1800's early 1900's. Through our friends at the Lemp Mansion we've obtained her.

There are more replies being added to the thread, so check them all out at Twitter. -via Metafilter

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Hoodie Weather - That Cackling Bonehead Should Cover His Ugly Mug More Often!

Hoodie Weather by Ed Harrington

It's starting to feel a bit nippy on Eternia right about now, and even though the planet's extra yoked denizens tend to run hot even they need to shield their bulging muscles from the cold. But Skeletor seems to have some sort of magical aura protecting him from the cold, and yet the one part of his body that always gets cold is his bony head, so he has taken to cinching up his wicked wizard's hood when his teeth start to chatter. However, he may want to consider cutting some eye holes in that thing or he'll never see He-Man coming!

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OK Go Dancing with 567 Printers

OK Go has a new song. For this group, the song itself is pretty much an extraneous detail, just a reason to put together an innovative video that will make people say, "How'd they do that?" The gimmick of this one is printers, which they use for intricately-programmed background choreography. The video comes with a warning for those susceptible to seizures due to flashing lights, and a recommendation to watch it in high definition.   

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Watch this, and think about all the trouble you've have with printers in your life. It's a miracle the paper feeds worked as well as they did. Oh, yeah, the name of the song is "Obsession." It's a pretty good song, but like their other songs, overwhelmed by the visuals. -via reddit 

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Monet: A Brilliant Perspective

Claude Monet changed the way people see the world -even when he could no longer see it himself.

As the sun rose over Giverny, France, a gardener paddled a small boat out into Claude Monet’s backyard pond. Then, he began gently submerging lily pads into the water one by one, washing away any dust that had accumulated overnight. Monet watched from the bank, his palette in hand. He was ready to begin the day’s work, but first, as always, he insisted that the lilies be properly dusted.

Monet was captivated by his pond: the distorted reflections on the surface, the swirling weeds below, the way the light played on it all. He hadn’t always paid it so much attention. At first, he said, “I grew [water lilies] without thinking of painting them … then, all of a sudden, I had the revelation of the enchantment of my pond. I took up my palette.”

Now in his mid-70s, the renowned painter had already been attempting to capture the scene for more than a decade when he struck upon an idea in 1914: giant, wall-sized paintings that would fill an entire room, giving “the illusion of an endless whole, of a wave with no horizon and no shore.” But making his vision a reality would be a race against time. The artist was going blind.

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One Last Look

Crew members Danielle and Graeme of the Queensland Ambulance Service in Australia reported a detour they took on the way to deliver a patient to hospice care. From the Facebook post:   

A crew were transporting a patient to the palliative care unit of the local Hospital and the patient expressed that she just wished she could be at the beach again.Above and beyond,the crew took a small diversion to the awesome beach at Hervey Bay to give the patient this opportunity – tears were shed and the patient felt very happy.
Sometimes it is not the drugs/training/skills – sometimes all you need is empathy to make a difference!

It's not the first time the ambulance service has granted a last wish. The top-rated comment underneath from Darren Booker is also worth sharing.

Years ago a fellow crew member and I had a situation where the patient was taking her last ride home. She asked to see the beach one last time. After going tthe beach and opening the rear door, we asked her if would like an ice cream, to which she replied yes with a giggle of delight. A short time later the hardly licked ice cream fell to the floor. The patient had passed away. As she lay there still smiling at the last view that she ever saw, we had a minutes silence for her. Although the memory is an old one, it is still vivid. Great work by this crew, well done guys and girls.

-via Buzzfeed 

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The Holidays Are Hell For Walnuts In Nutty Christmas

The holidays can get a bit nutty even if you don't have a large family and a gang of in-laws flying in from all over the country, but no matter how crazy the holidays get for humans they're far more horrible for sentient walnuts.

They can walk, they have faces and arms and sometimes they can talk, too, and yet people still use their nutcrackers on them, cracking them open and devouring their tasty meat like they would any ordinary non-walking walnut.

The thing is- ordinary walnuts don't emote while they're being cracked open, and they can't scream...

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Nutty Christmas is a cracking good animated short created by Ringling College of Art and Design students Kyoyoung Na and Yoon-Sun Hyun which will definitely get you in the spirit of the season!

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The Story Behind The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist is a movie opening December 1, based on a book about the experience of making a very bad movie. Tom Wiseau's opus The Room premiered in 2003 and proved to be so poorly made that a film buff (Michael Rousselet) made all his friends go see it. Word spread, and eventually it became a phenomena in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. A writer (Tom Bissell) was fascinated and convinced Harper's Magazine to let him write an article on The Room. Meanwhile, Greg Sestero, who played Mark (Oh, hi Mark) in the film, was considering writing a book, and teamed up with Bissell. Also meanwhile, Simon & Schuster, whose vice-president was a fan of The Room, was trying to get a book deal with Tommy Wiseau. That didn't work out, but Sestero's book, The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside ‘The Room,’ the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made, did.      

Three weeks after his book came out, Sestero remembered, Bernstein called to tell him that Franco and Seth Rogen were interested in turning The Disaster Artist into a movie. “My mind was blown,” Sestero said. After all, even before the memoir was written, he’d told Bissell that he wanted it to become a film in the vein of Ed Wood.

Sestero and Wiseau soon joined Franco on a conference call. Sestero recalled Wiseau asking Franco, “What is your vision?” Wiseau also emphatically suggested that he should be played by Johnny Depp. When an amused Franco softly shot him down by explaining that Depp was one of the biggest actors in the world, Wiseau responded with this: “So what? You will try even harder.”

But Franco wanted the role. He is also the producer and director of The Disaster Artist. Read the fascinating story of how a series of improbable events coalesced to produce The Disaster Artist, told by those who lived the story, at The Ringer. -via Digg

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This 2000-lb Sculpture Was Made To Be Moved With One Fingertip

Modern sculptors who create massive public art pieces have a hard time moving their works across town to the display site without using heavy equipment and a crew of individuals with strong backs.

Which is why it's hard for modern people to imagine how the ancient residents of Easter Island moved those massive Moai heads from one side of the island to the other without the aid of machines.

This question of how ancient people moved massive stuff prompted students at MIT to build the McKnelly Megalith to prove how easy it can be to move a massive object with a minimal amount of force:

The structure was built over the course of a few weeks using fiber-glass enforced concrete and a soft foam core. At 2000 pounds, it’s considerably lighter than the 82-ton Moai of Easter Island, but the fact that it can be adjusted with just the push of a finger is still an extraordinary feat. 

Megaliths like MIT’s structure and the Easter Island statues are specially designed to be rolled or shimmied across long distances using carefully calculated movements. As long as the center of the object’s mass is positioned in just the right place, it should be able to be moved with relative ease regardless of its weight.

The way this method could have been used on Easter Island close to 1000 years ago is detailed on MIT Architecture’s website: "In a similar manner to how one might shimmy a refrigerator into place, the Moai were pulled back and forth by ropes, employing momentum to transport these unwieldy megaliths. This (re)discovery brings new meaning to the folklore that the statues 'walked themselves.'"

MIT’s megalith was erected in a similar fashion. At a rate of about 300 feet per hour, a small team teetered the piece to its final position and then hoisted it upright using a rope.

The Math Behind the McKnelly Megalith from matter design on Vimeo.

-Via Mental Floss

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14 Moving Facts About Planes, Trains and Automobiles

There are few feature films specifically about Thanksgiving, the best of which is the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles. It stars Steve Martin  as a businessman trying to get home for the holiday and John Candy as the goof trying to help him. Meanwhile, everything about their trip goes wrong. It was sort of based on a true story.


Before he became a screenwriter, Hughes used to work as a copywriter for the Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago. One day he had an 11 a.m. presentation scheduled in New York City on a Wednesday, and planned to return home on a 5 p.m. flight. Winter winds forced all flights to Chicago to be canceled that night, so he stayed in a hotel. A snowstorm in Chicago the next day continued the delays. The plane he eventually got on ended up being diverted to Denver. Then Phoenix. Hughes didn’t make it back until Monday. Experiencing such a hellish trip might explain how Hughes managed to write the first 60 pages of Planes, Trains and Automobiles in just six hours.


Some exterior scenes were filmed in Buffalo, New York. Martin said that the cast and crew pretty much lived the plot of the movie. “As we would shoot, we were hopping planes, trains, and automobiles, trying to find snow.”

There's plenty more to learn about the movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Mental Floss.

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The Muppets Join Dick Cavett for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving episode of The Dick Cavett Show in 1971 featured Jim Henson and his Muppets through the whole show. This clip has Cavett's monologue, some ads from 1971, a musical number, and an interview with Henson at nine minutes in.

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You can watch the entire special at Laughing Squid.

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The Circle In The Lid Of Glad Containers Was Put There For A Reason

Have you ever looked at the plastic food containers in your kitchen, and more specifically the lids to those containers, and thought there might be more to them than you know?

Well if you've had that thought specifically about those Glad containers with the raised circular section on the lid you were on to something- because they're made to hold containers for sauces and condiments.

Twitter user mamagraciee blew the internet's collective mind when she showed the lids being used to hold sauce and condiments, giving us all an aha moment and changing our food containin' lives forever.

And even though this is clearly genius to include in the lid of a plastic container Glad only advertised this function on the packaging of their To Go Lunch line, which is why many of us were unaware of its use until now. 

-Via Country Living

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Simon's Cat in Fast Food (A Thanksgiving Special)

In this holiday cartoon from Simon Tofield, the cat and the kitten double-team Simon when he's merely trying to enjoy his Thanksgiving meal. They've adapted the methods of a gang of common street thieves: distract the target and swipe the goods.

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You might think it sad that he's eating alone with just his cats, but this one is not based on a real Thanksgiving meal- Tofield is British, after all. That doesn't mean he can't make a treat for his American fans. But an aromatic savory bird is attractive to cats all over the world. I hope he cooked enough for all of them!  

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Awesome Dance Vol2 - Boogie Like A Beech Tree

Awesome Dance vol2 by TaylorRoss1

Groot really digs listening to stone cold grooves on Peter's walkman, and he dances like a leaf in the wind which makes everyone aboard the Milano happy. But his dancing is starting to interfere with Drax's duties, since the big guy just loves to watch baby Groot boogie, and Rocket films these boogie sessions and sell the clips online so he gets distracted by Groot too. But whenever Peter tries to get the little guy to stop dancing he looks into those sweet little beady eyes and his heart melts, which is the same way baby Groot got Peter to lend him his walkman!

Spread the guardians love wherever you go in the galaxy with this Awesome Dance vol2 t-shirt by TaylorRoss1, it's one totally groovy design that will make people smile wherever you go.

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An Interactive Map Of Every Record Store On Earth

Despite the problems it creates on the return trip I can't travel abroad without visiting a local record store and buying an LP or ten, and these records become both new additions to my collection and mementos of my trip.

But it can be hard to find record stores in every town I visit, even with a little help from the internet, which is why I'm super jazzed about Discogs new global record store mapping project called VinylHub.

VinylHub features an interactive map that lets you find a record store near you no matter where you are in the world, and their goal is simple:

Our mission is to document every physical record shop and record event on the planet. With your help, we can create an accurate listing of all record shops & record events, useful to diggers and travelers everywhere.

Sounds like a globetrotting crate digger's dream!

-Via Dangerous Minds

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A Rick and Morty Thanksgiving Video

The name of the video is The Poop in My Pants, but don't let that preventing you from watching, it's SFW. The Rick and Morty character Mr. Poopybutthole is going over the events in his life and all the things he has to be thankful for.

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You don't have to be a Rick and Morty fan, or even watch the show at all, to find this video from Adult Swim charming. However, if you do watch it, you'll see a lot of references to season three of the show. -via Uproxx

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Weird Things That Can Help You Lose Weight

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The secret to losing weight is there are lots of secrets to losing weight, so you just have to discover what works best for your body type and try to stick to the plan.

My body type works best with a high protein diet, so if I cut the carbs and increase my lean protein intake I can lose weight without much effort at all. Other people can eat all the carbs they want and still lose weight, but sometimes it's the little changes that make all the difference.

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Did you know the smell of vanilla can help you resist the temptation to eat too many sweets?

The study was done in St. George Hospital in London, and researchers found those who wore vanilla-scented patches lost more weight than those wearing no patch or a lemon patch. Researchers believe the sweet smell of vanilla helped appease the need for something sweet, and participants who smelled vanilla were less likely to overeat sweets.

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It also helps to use common sense and keep your portion sizes smaller, stop eating when you're full and prepare less food so you don't overeat, but strangely dimming the lights can actually help you lose weight too:

A 2012 study found just changing how dim the lights are in a fast-food restaurant helped people eat less food. What they ordered didn't change, but how much they ate did.

Researchers found dimming the lights lengthened the eating time, suggesting a more relaxed atmosphere increases satisfaction and decreases how much food you eat. While this study was in a restaurant, dimming the lights in your own home could have the same effect on food intake.

Read Weird Ways To Help You Lose Weight here

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Cat and Dog Research

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!

Cat- and dog-centric research
compiled by Leslie Muchmore, Improbable Research staff

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Cats and a String
“Domestic Cats (Felis catus) Do Not Show Causal Understanding in a String-Pulling Task,” Emma Whitt, Marie Douglas, Britta Osthaus, and Ian Hocking, Animal Cognition, vol. 12, no. 5, September 2009, pp. 739-743. The authors, at the University of Nottingham, UK, report:

This study explored how domestic cats perform in a horizontal string-pulling task to determine whether they understand this case of physical causality. Fifteen cats were tested on their ability to retrieve an unreachable food treat in three different set-ups: (a) a single baited string, (b) two parallel strings where only one was baited and (c) two crossed strings where only one was baited. All cats succeeded at pulling a single string to obtain a treat, but none consistently chose the correct string when two strings were parallel. When tested with two crossed strings one cat chose the wrong string consistently and all others performed at chance level. There was no evidence that cats understand the function of the strings or their physical causality.

Classify Dogs’ Facial Expressions from Photographs
“Classifying Dogs’ (Canis familiaris) Facial Expressions from Photographs,” Tina Bloom and Harris Friedman, Behavioural Processes, vol. 96, 2013, pp. 1-10. The authors, at the State Correctional Institute, Marienville, Pennsylvania and Walden University, Florida, report:

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Inflating a Paper Balloon

Have you ever seen a paper balloon? The Japanese toy called kamifusen has been around for over 100 years. Japanese mathematician Tadashi Tokieda blows one up, but that's not the only way you can make your kamifusen round. The other way is surprising.

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Rocket scientist Ichiro Fukumori wrote about the properties of kamifusen.

Part of the kamifusen’s genius is the paper from which it is made. The paper is not only lightweight and relatively impermeable to air, but it also has a degree of plasticity that allows it to deform easily and retain its resulting shape. Because of those properties, the kamifusen inflates to a volume commensurate with its air content and maintains that volume until additional air is added. As a result, a squashed kamifusen can accumulate air and eventually inflate to its full size from repeated bouncing, even though the net pumping from a single bounce may be small. A balloon made of plastic, rubber, or any other material that does not share the key properties of kamifusen paper would not inflate as the Japanese balloon does.

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Well, actually… you're going to think about this comic the next time that friend of yours has to get all pedantic and dissect the fine points of your everyday language. "Fire-breathing dragon" is what we've called that fictional beast for as long as anyone knows. Correcting such a common term is annoying in the best of times, but when there's a life-and-death situation going on, he shouldn't act so pleased with himself. That's as good a time for karma as any other. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

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A Brief History of “Alice’s Restaurant”

Arlo Guthrie got arrested in 1965, and he wrote a little song about it. One of the reasons that the song has lasted so long is that it happened on Thanksgiving, so that "Alice's Restaurant" has become classic for a holiday that has a dearth of songs. Guthrie wrote "Alice's Restaurant" soon after the events happened, and added more context until the song eventually took up a half-hour of his live show.

But the song’s first true breakthrough, one that commemorates a second golden anniversary, was “Alice’s” February 1967 radio debut on New York City’s WBAI-FM. Said Arlo: “I’d been a big fan of WBAI. I’d been to their studios a few times and one night they asked me to perform live. I had no idea they were taping it, although it wouldn’t have stopped me from performing. I loved those guys.”

By May, the non-profit WBAI was receiving so many requests to play ‘Alice,’ it became a fund-raising gimmick. “WBAI…would play it after they’d been pledged enough money,” recalled Guthrie, then quipped: “Eventually they were playing it so often, they took pledges to stop playing it, and…raised even more money.”

Guthrie released the 18-minute recorded version in 1967, and the feature film was released in 1969. You know the story of the arrest; now read the story of the song that became a Thanksgiving classic at Smithsonian.

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