The Difference Between Aluminum And Aluminium

There's one thing that Americans And Brits have yet to come to an agreement on- the pronunciation of the word aluminum. British spelling is with an extra “i”, which tends to vex Americans.

But is there more to this disagreement besides an extra “i”?

Looking at the root of this debate we see that Brits (and pretty much everyone besides Americans) spell and pronounce the word with an extra “i” because of a precedent set in 1812 by scientific colleagues of Sir Humphrey Davy, the identifier and namer of the metal.

Davy initially called the metal aluminum, but Davy's colleagues felt that aluminium sounded more classical cool so they pushed for the extra “i”, and this totally metal pronunciation debate was born.

Read What's The Difference Between Aluminum And Aluminium at mental_floss


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Heartfelt Thai Commercial Maxes out Your Feels for the Day


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If the internet is representative, then Thailand produces impressively dramatic and heart-wrenching commercials. In the past, we've seen several that advocate for a virtuous life of kindness, generosity, and devotion to family. 

This one, like the others, sells a product--a rather unexpected one. It is revealed only in the last few seconds. But more than that, this story about a shopkeeper and a homeless man convincingly sells the idea that people can be more than they appear on the surface.

-via Daily of the Day


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Screen Legends Who Got Their Big Break on The Twilight Zone

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The Twilight Zone broke ground in multiple fashions. One way in which the series pioneered is by launching the careers of numerous actors who are beloved household names today. The original series ran from 1959-1964, and part of this "wondrous land of imagination" was the ability of their casting powers-that-be to discover some amazing talents while they were relative unknowns. 

Check out this article that takes a look at a number of actors who got their big break on the seminal sci-fi series. It could serve as a guide for interested viewers to seek out a few of these old episodes in case they've never seen them.  

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Guy Asks Internet To Remove Kid From Photo, Gets The Photoshops He Deserves

Everybody knows better than to ask the internet for help Photoshopping a picture by now, and we've seen the droll dorkiness that makes the rounds after these poor victims have asked "for help".

So it's agreed that those who ask “for help” from the internet are doing so knowing full well what lies in store for their image, right?

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Okay good, because I almost feel bad for the guy who asked the interwebs to remove the kid from the background of this romantic picture because people now think of him as a kid hating jerk!

Some of the 'shoppers were happy to help delete the kid from the pic by adding different kinds of dogs to the image

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And then war suddenly broke out all around them...we salute you, Private Smoochface!

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The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Became a Millionaire

If you’ve never heard of Madam C.J. Walker, you’ve missed a story of one of the titans of industry. The former Sarah Breedlove was born in 1867 and rose from the plantations of Louisiana and built her own hair care business, with products designed for black women, through sheer hard work and tenacity.  

At a time when black citizens were kept in poverty through violent intimidation and segregation, Walker’s success was built on the strength of social networks, word-of-mouth testimonials, and products designed for an acutely underserved population. In many ways, Madam Walker’s story is a classic rags-to-riches tale, wherein a poor orphaned girl pulls herself up through sheer determination and willpower, forming a business that becomes an industry giant and the envy of others. But Walker’s story is also one of repeated frustration—that her various husbands took more from her than they gave in return; that her accomplishments were challenged or overlooked by others in the black community; that she barely lived long enough to enjoy her hard-earned prosperity.

Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles, wrote her biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. She talked to Collectors Weekly about Madam Walker and her unusual rise to wealth and fame.

(Image credit: ©Madam Walker Family Archives/A’Lelia Bundles)


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A Camera is Set Up to See How This 11-Week-Old Corgi Regularly Escapes Puppy Jail


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Beau is just a baby corgi; at eleven weeks, he's only been weaned from mama corgi for a short time. But youth isn't stopping Beau from figuring out how to live his best puppy life around the ol' homestead. Why should he be confined to a treat-free, boring kitchen when his human is away? Exploring the house would be much more fun. Thus, day after day, Beau is bustin' himself out of his lame, poorly positioned puppy gate. You're going to have to get up earlier than that in order to outsmart this pup, human. Via Viral Nova

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This Minion Body Wash Has One Horrifying Flaw

The Minions are drawn, modeled and rendered to be utterly adorable, but the one flaw in their character design is they still look horrifying when they bleed.

'If that blood is flowing out of an orifice the horror level increases, and seeing a Minion bleeding out of its eyes is something that's sure to stay with a child until well after they've started seeing a shrink.

Twitter user @AlsBoy, aka filmmaker and strong swimmer Ash Warner spotted this gruesome flaw in the Minions 3-in-1 Body Wash bottle design while soaping up in the shower, but at least the "blood" is strawberry banana scented!

-Via Metro UK


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Loki in the Snow

Loki is a malamute/husky/arctic wolf mix (a “low content wolfdog”), so he is naturally at home in the snow. Enjoy watching him frolic joyfully across the mountains of Colorado. It might just cool you off on a hot day!

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You can see many beautiful pictures of Loki at his Instagram page. The song is "First" by Cold War Kids. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Artist-Created Emojis of Popular Bands and Musicians

Brazilian art director Bruno Leo Ribeiro created a series of emojis in the form of beloved musicians and bands. Why not, right? There seems to be emoji representations of everything else out there — musical acts are arguably more worthy than many others that exist.

Included in Ribeiro's series are Rage Against the Machine, U2, The Beatles, David Bowie, Kiss, Michael Jackson and even the Village People (which makes for quite the entertaining emoji)! From metal to alternative to pop to punk, Ribeiro leaves out few genres. 

See the entire series of these musical emojis here.  Via Design Taxi



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Alice & The Queen - The Luck Of The Draw


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Someone once presented the theory that Alice and the Queen of Hearts are simply two sides of the same card, one oriented towards positivity the other pointed towards Wonderland's underworld. This theory has been debated by mad hatters and brilliant philosophers alike, but they all run headlong into one fatal flaw in this logical leap- Alice is hunted by the Queen, and would lose her head if Alice had her way, but can such a narcissistic soul truly desire to destroy herself?

Deal yourself a winning hand with this Alice & The Queen t-shirt by Kellabell9, it's a bright and colorful design that's sure to drive your fellow fans wild!

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Superman Toy Soars Over Victoria Park, With A Little Help From A Flying Drone

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Since nobody can seem to do Superman justice on the big screen these days director/retoucher/drone pilot Barry Craig has taken it upon himself to shoot the Superman film we need.

Barry attached a Superman action figure to the front of his Phantom 3 flying camera drone and let the Man of Steel fly free over Victoria Park in London.

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Now all Barry needs to do is add some supervillain figures, sound effects and CGI eye beams to the footage and he's got the makings of a scene for a new Superman film, or at least a part of a sketch for Robot Chicken.

-Via Gizmodo


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Mr. Gillingham's Artificial Limbs

James Gillingham was a shoemaker by trade, but found his real calling in 1866. That's when he met a man who had lost an arm in a cannon firing accident. Gillingham made him a new arm- for free.

The new leather limb he built was strong and rigid but also perfectly fitted. The medical world noticed his talent, and Gillingham soon began producing a variety of artificial limbs.

Using a secret process wherein he molded the leather to the client’s limb before hardening it, Gillingham started a business making prostheses.

By 1910, he had restored mobility and function to over 15,000 patients.

Not only did Gillingham make superior prosthetic limbs, he photographed many of his clients. His pictures appeared in medical journals, in which he advised surgeons on ways to amputate that would leave patients with more mobility in the future. Mashable has a collection of those photographs. Notice that the women in the pictures try to hide their faces, turning shy at the prospect of showing their limbs, while the men are proud to show off theirs. -via Everlasting Blort


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Previously Obese Animals That May Inspire You to Diet

Losing weight is never easy, which is why it can be so important to find some inspiration when you're trying to push through those hunger pains. Sometimes people get inspiration from other people who have gone through the journey, but it's easy to feel like those people would judge you for not being able to follow in their footsteps. If you're looking for a little motivation from someone who is sure to love you no matter how many times you take an undeserved cheat day, these ten critters who have gone through some serious weight loss might be just the ticket. 

Of course, even if these adorable weight loss success stories don't motivate you to drop your own spare tire, they're still adorable to look at.

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How to Skin a Watermelon

Mark Rober taught us how to make a watermelon smoothie a couple of years ago. Now he’s got a neat watermelon party trick to impress everyone at this year’s Labor Day picnic.

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I would add that it would behoove you to carry that watermelon in a cooler, tub, or at least put plastic under it until you get to the picnic, because it’s liable to leak a bit. And Mark, that potato salad would have been eaten up, and fast, if you had remembered to put mustard in it. -via Digg

See also: more from Mark Rober.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Past Me Is a Jerk

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Past Me thinks that it’s super professional and organized to set reminders to accomplish important tasks—but only for Present Me. It’s just an orderly form of procrastination. This will be noted on Past Me’s performance evaluation.


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This Much Will Kill You


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This latest offering from AsapSCIENCE addresses the quantities of substances (many of which are widely thought to be harmless) that can harm or kill humans. Some dangerous human conditions that are beyond control (for example, being exremely tall) are also discussed. How can consumption of cherries cause an untimely death? How much chocolate, marijuana or alcohol would likely do you in? Learn the answers to these questions and more.


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Is This Article Consistent with Hinchliffe’s Rule?

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

by Stuart M. Shieber, Professor of Computer Science
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

I demonstrate that Hinchliffe’s rule—if the title of a scholarly article is a yes-no question, the answer is “no”—is paradoxical, by providing an article whose title is a question whose answer is “no” if and only if its answer is “yes”.

Hinchliffe’s Rule
Hinchliffe’s rule, attributed with unknown veracity to Ian Hinchliffe (Holderness, 2014), is this: “If the Title of a Scholarly Article Is a Yes-No Question, the Answer is ‘No’.” It can be seen as the academic analog of Betteridge’s law of headlines (Betteridge, 2009).

In 1988, Boris Peon (which appears, thankfully if unsurprisingly, to be a pseudonym (Strassler, 2013)) distributed an article entitled “Is Hinchliffe’s Rule True?” (Peon, 1988) Here is the abstract, which constitutes the article in its entirety:

Hinchliffe has asserted that whenever the title of a paper is a question with a yes/no answer, the answer is always no. This paper demonstrates that Hinchliffe’s assertion is false, but only if it is true.

Peon’s article hints at Hinchliffe’s rule being paradoxical, but it fails to manifest a true paradox. This is a lost opportunity, which I intend to correct by this very article.

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Delightfully Absurd Breakfast Inventions by Dominic Wilcox

Over the years, we've featured many of artist Dominic Wilcox's ridiculous and hilarious inventions. This series tops them all. Wilcox was commissioned by the Kellogg's cereal brand to develop 6 machines that make breakfast fun. Among them is this crane operated by hand controls. Wilcox uses it to scoop cereal, place it in his bowl, then add milk using a tube connected from the milk jug on his helmet to the end of the scoop.

You can see all of his inventions in the series in this YouTube playlist. Among them is a sound amplifier for Rice Krispies cereal and a cereal spoon that gains energy as you move it, then gets sleepy when you lave it alone.

-via Fast Co Design


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Photos Recreated to Look Like Famous Paintings

An artificial intelligence system produced by a team at the University of Tubingen in Germany can take any photograph and render it in the style of artists such as Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, or Paul Cézanne. The program separates image and style and can combine them any way you want.

When a photo is fed through the network, it goes through multiple layers, each layer analyzing a different piece of the photo, including colors, shapes, or more complex object recognition like “dog" or “cat." Previously, these networks could only identify the style and content of an object or a photo as one piece of data.

Now researchers have made it possible for these artificial systems to parse style and content totally separately by introducing style reconstructions on top of the existing neural network. It computes similarities between the features of each different layer and discards information about the content. This means they can take a photo of a street, and the system can turn it into an image that looks like it was painted by Van Gogh.

Read about the software at The Daily Dot and consider what style you want your family portrait on the wall to be.


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The Sport of Drunken Horse Racing

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It is truly the sport of kings! To the Maya living in the Sierra de los Cuchumantes Mountains in Guatemala, drunken horse racing is an important tradition. Unlike, say, the Kentucky Derby, the riders are absolutely smashed. In fact, some are so drunk that they have to be tied into the saddles by their alleged “friends.” Atlas Obscura reports on a race in the town of Todos Santos:

Predictably, a few riders flew out of their saddles, landing with a dull thud in the loose dirt. Others slowly slumped to the side before gently reaching terra firma and giving up, their relieved horses continuing on without them.

The majority of the riders somehow made it to the finish line, but even after several hours of watching, it was never exactly clear who “won” or what the prize might be. Advil? A heating pad? Exemption from next year’s race?

In Todos Santos, it was recently reported that the winner of the annual drunken horse race was given a live chicken and the title of El Capitan.


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Cosmic Lover - An Eternal Romantic


Cosmic Lover (Color Version) by Medusa Dollmaker

She washes her hair in the streams of time, and adds the sparkle and shine of a thousand stars to further enhance her dazzling beauty. One would think sitting on high watching human hearts swell then break over and over again would take a toll on you, but the cycle of love is there to maintain balance in the universe, and nobody knows about that balance quite like the Cosmic Lover. As long as she's serenely watching over us, letting us make fools of ourselves as we follow our hearts, we'll have the chance to love and lose again.

Bring a touch of the romantic fantastic to your geeky wardrobe with this Cosmic Lover (Color Version) t-shirt by Medusa Dollmaker, it's a brilliant and beautiful design that's sure to get you lots of love.

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Men Go Fishing, Catch Kittens

Jason Frost and Brandon Key went fishing on the Black Warrior River in Alabama on Saturday. They didn’t expect to see kittens swimming toward them as if desperate for a boat ride.

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Frost posted the video to Facebook, where he said,

I really don't know how to describe this video, but the Warrior River never fails to surprise me......this puts a new spin on the term "catfishing"

Both kittens already have a new home together. -via Time

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Ecto-Cooler Beer Exists Now

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For a brief, golden age in the 1980s, the drink of Ecto-Cooler existed. It was a Ghostbusters-themed juice available from the Hi-C brand. It was heavenly.

But we were expelled from paradise and Ecto-Cooler was lost to us. Oh, you can make your own, of a sort. But it’s not the same, really.

Now, perhaps, you can experience something better. The Tired Hands Brewing Company in the suburbs of Philadelphia claims to have reproduced the joys of Ecto-Cooler in beer form. The company describes the taste:

Tart Summer Bier brewed with wheat. Hopped gently with Simcoe and Citra. Soured in the kettle then conditioned on top of nectarine purée.

It has 4.5% alcohol contest, which is higher than the original Ecto-Cooler.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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15 Things You Might Not Know About Roseanne

In 1988, ABC launched a sitcom designed around the standup routine of comedian Roseanne Barr. It was totally different from everything else on TV: shows full of wealthy people who looked like movie stars. It was an immediate hit, despite the fact that Barr’s acting abilities were dwarfed by the rest of the cast. No matter- she learned the craft fairly quickly, as we watched. Here’s some behind-the-scenes trivia about Roseanne.  

2. THE SHOW WAS ORIGINALLY TITLED LIFE AND STUFF.

Roseanne creator, head writer, and executive producer Matt Williams said the benign title established the sitcom as an ensemble piece. But Barr argued that the show should be called Roseanne, since she was the lead character and the show was based on her life. (Williams left the show after season one.)

9. ALL THREE OF BARR’S EX-HUSBANDS MADE GUEST APPEARANCES ON THE SHOW.

Roseanne was inspired by life with the comedian’s first husband, Bill Pentland, and their three children. Pentland served as an executive consultant for three seasons, wrote two episodes, and played one of Dan’s buddies in an early episode. In 1990, Barr divorced Pentland after 16 years of marriage. Four days later, she wed comedian Tom Arnold, who had a recurring role as Arnie Thomas. Then in 1995 Barr married Ben Thomas, her former bodyguard, and gave him two bit roles as a cop. They remain his only acting credits.

Critics thought that Roseanne was a ratings hit because it portrayed working-class people that the audience could relate to. But we all know it was a hit because the lines were so funny, and we all wish we could be that fast on our feet with the perfect comeback. Read the rest of the trivia list about Roseanne at mental_floss.


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A Drawbridge Crossing for 2 Trains

I've never seen a railroad crossing like this one. Allegedly, this video shows two rail lines crossing in Bundaberg, Australia--a region noted for a large amount of sugar cane production. When the light cane train needs to cross the main Queensland Rail line, a drawbridge-like section of track lowers. After the cane train passes, the section rises again.


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Portrait Series Featuring Creepy Cosplay Characters Known As Dollers

Kigurumi is big time in Japan, with everything from mascots to cosplayers considered part of kigurumi, but there's one form of kigurumi cosplayer who is a bit creepier than the rest- the Dollers.

Some Dollers dress up to live out their anime fantasies, actually becoming their favorite characters thanks to a full latex mask, costume and zentai (spandex body suit). A lucky few actually get paid for their strange cosplay hobby, hired as entertainers for public events.

Photographer Laurie Simmons found herself fascinated by the world of Dollers, expressing her interest in the strange subculture through her portrait series “Kigurumi, Dollers And How We See”.

Laurie's striking images prove that no matter what you think of Dollers they make mighty memorable subjects for portraits!

See more from Laurie's Kigurumi portrait series at Juxtapoz


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Clever, Touching Tattoo Flips Your Perspective on Depression

Bekah Miles has depression. She’s trying to come to grips with the illness. As an expression of her efforts, she got this tattoo which beautifully illustrates how depression is experienced. When other people look at her leg, it says “I’m Fine.” When she looks down at her tattoo, Bekah sees “Save Me.” In a heartfelt Facebook post, Miles writes:

To me, it means that others see this person that seems okay, but, in reality, is not okay at all. It reminds me that people who may appear happy, may be at battle with themselves. […]

This is one of the most difficult things to open up about because it’s extremely hard for me to feel vulnerable…but this needs to be talked about. Mental illness is serious, but so shamed in our society. We care so much for our physical health, but hardly a thing about our mental state. And that is seriously messed up. Mental illness is not a choice and will likely hit everyone at some point in their life. If it’s such a huge issue, why aren’t we having this conversation about it?

That’s why I got this tattoo; they are great conversation starters. This forces me to talk about my own struggle, and why the awareness of it is important. You’d be surprised by how many people YOU know that struggle with depression, anxiety, or other mental illness. I may only be one person, but one can save another...and that's all I could really ask for.

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Wire Cutters

Two robots are mining a distant planet. It’s a lonely job, until they run into each other. No, it’s nothing like Wall-E, even though these robots are cute, too.   

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Jack Anderson made this award-winning animated short film by himself. He said this took about a year of rendering. -via Boing Boing


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Salvaging Antique Wood--A Booming Business in New York City

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In the decades following the American Civil War, the South found demand for a new cash crop: virgin longleaf pine. In the era before steel girders became useful for construction, virgin longleaf pine was regarded as the finest lumber available. So the ancient forests of the South were cut down to build late Nineteenth Century New York City.

In 1938, the Great Southern Lumber Company sold its last log of longleaf pine. The US Forest Service estimates that only 3% of the original remains. That makes the wood left inside old buildings very valuable. So recovering it has become a thriving industry in New York City. Vivan Yee writes for the New York Times:

Some of the trees were three centuries old. Dense, durable and saturated with resin that made it unusually resistant to rot and insects, the timber proved rough work for builders to mill. But in the decades before steel began to dominate, longleaf pine was the strongest material around.

“Everybody in the wood business says the longleaf pine tree was the best wood the Lord ever made,” said Pat Fontenot, the owner of Olde Wood Accents in Washington, La., an antique pine dealer. “If it wouldn’t have been for the longleaf pine tree, we wouldn’t have been able to do the Industrial Revolution.” […]

The only way to find original-strength longleaf pine these days: Mine it from buildings like the Domino Sugar Factory or 443 Greenwich Street in TriBeCa, the brick and mortar vertebrae of northern cities’ industrial might.

“It’s a Southern tree that has been a part of New York City for 150 years,” Alan Solomon, the owner of Sawkill Lumber, who hunts down old lumber, from the Coney Island boardwalk to a Western Beef supermarket in the Bronx, said during a recent expedition to the TriBeCa building. “The city’s always reinventing itself. Stuff’s always getting knocked down.”

-via American Digest


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Duck Army

Wonder what these things sound like…. AAGH! Run away! Run Away!

Highlighting the main charm of Vine, a video like this makes it clear that six seconds are all that’s necessary to make us laugh. However, if you are itching for an explanation, these are Swalkie Talkies, a dog toy I will make a note to avoid. Yes, I can see they are pelicans, but the original Vine is named Duck Army. -via Metafilter


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