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How to Deliver a Baby


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You're a taxi driver on a sitcom. Or you've just stepped onto an elevator with a very pregnant woman.* You need to be ready because there's a baby coming and you'll have to deliver it.

Joe Bereta of Epic How To shows us how. Is he a doctor? No, he's a comedian. That's why he urges you to seek attention from a medical rather than comedic professional should you go into labor. But in the absence of someone who knows what he's doing, here are some steps that you may wish to take.

There's just one problem with this video: it's over 7 minutes long. You may not have that long to prepare.

-via Blame It on the Voices

*Remember the Dave Barry Rule: never ask a woman if she is pregnant unless she is giving birth at that particular moment.

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Missing Cat Found a Year Later, Fat from Living in a Pet Food Warehouse

(Photo: Kennelgate Pet Superstores)

When he was 9 months old, Clive the cat disappeared from this home Toton, Nottinghamshire, UK. Fourteen months later, he's finally home after spending the time living in a pet store company warehouse.

Kennelgate Pet Superstores maintains that warehouse in the nearby town of Stapleton. Workers there noted that something kept triggering alarms during the night. They found evidence of a cat, which they finally trapped.

Clive was microchipped, so after a veterinarian scanned the chip, it was easy to reunite the cat with his owner, Tanya Irons. She's delighted to have Clive back, even if he's put on a lot of weight. She told the BBC that "I can't believe that he's so porky."

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Hide and Seek from a Toddler's Point of View


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Dan Iverson and his wife strapped a GoPro video camera to their son's head, then played hide and seek with him. It was the boy's turn to seek. In this point-of-view video, you can almost see how the child is trying to reason about the possible hiding spots.

During the entire hunt, the parents are hiding in a closet, watching a live feed of the video on a cellphone. They might still be there now if Ollie the dog hadn't helped the boy.

-via Laughing Squid

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Baby Falls Asleep as Daddy Plays Brahm's Lullaby


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5-month old Sam had an ear infection and was struggling to fall asleep. So his father, David Motola, turned on his electric piano and began playing Johannes Brahm's classic lullaby. It was very effective. Within a few seconds, Sam yawned broadly, then faded into sleep.

What makes this performance even more impressive is that Motola didn't have any sheet music. He was playing by ear and arranging the piece on the fly.

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Cat Catch a Fish


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Or he tries. Oh, does he try! Trent Vanderheiden says that Scat, his wife's cat, uses this hunting technique frequently. It never works, but he keeps trying.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Dog Breaks out of Her Kennel to Comfort Crying Puppies

(Photos: Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming)

Maggie, an Australian Shepherd, was staying at the Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming in St. Albert, Alberta. A few cages down from her were two rescued puppies. Their mama was nowhere to be found, so Maggie stepped in.

During the night, Maggie broke out of her own cage, found the puppies, and lay down in front of them. That's where caretakers found her the next morning. They put them all together so that Maggie could comfort them directly. CTV News talked to Sandi Aldred, the owner of the facility:

“She just wanted to get to these puppies, so she pushed her way through, wiggled her way out,” Aldred said. “She must’ve known pretty much where they were because she almost went right to their room.

“She stood there, she pawed at their door, she put her nose in there, she did her little bum wiggle and little bow to them and just wanted to be in there with them.

“Then she just sort of stood guard with them until we got back.”

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The Steagles--How the NFL Responded to World War II

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During World War II, almost all able-bodied young men entered military service, either as volunteers or draftees.

So who played professional football?

That became a serious problem for two teams in particular: the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles. These teams lost so many players that they had to merge into one team known as the Steagles.

Problem solved, right? Wrong. Most of the men who served on the Steagles and other World War II-era teams got their jobs because they were physically unfit to serve in the military. These professional football players were often half-deaf, half-blind, or had ulcers or hernias. Zachary Crockett describes their challenges at Priceonomics:

Bill Hewitt, who was excused from military service for a “perforated eardrum” and served as the Steagles’ defensive end during the 1943 season, was so guilt-ridden that he quit the team mid-season, and went to go work in a milk factory.

Other Steagles players faced more pressing medical problems: Tony Bova, the receiver, “was completely blind in one eye and partially blind in the other. Two of his teammate, Ed Michaels and Ray Graves, were entirely deaf in one ear. John Butler, who, as tailback, was required to run dozens of offensive lines per game, had arthritis in his knees. In a wide variety of respects, the Steagles team was riddled with ailments.

-via VA Viper


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Fitness in the 90s: Facercise

How do you get your face looking sharp and wrinkle-free? Back in the 90s, not everyone could afford facelifts like you kids these days. No, we only had Facercise. It's like bodybuilding for your face. Carole Maggio had many TV appearances that she used to promote the techniques that she developed.


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You can have a face like this, too! Put on your sports bra and start working your masseters.

-via The Presurfer


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New Search Engine Pairs Your Simpsons Quotes with Screenshots

Glayvin! Prof. Frink's latest invention is his greatest ever! It's called the Frinkiac. You can search 3 million screencaps from The Simpsons for your favorite quotes. You can also add your own text to screencaps from the show. 

Sean Schulte, Paul Kehrer, and Allie Young invented the Frinkiac because they like to quote The Simpsons all the time, but can't always find appropriate screencaps. They described the project to Wired:

Frinkiac cuts every scene into 100 parts, takes the average color of each part, and compares its coloration to the most recently saved image. If they’re different enough, voila!, new screenshot, with minimal redundancy through the hundreds of hours of video being parsed.

-via Flavorwire


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Baby Swordfish Fits on the Tip of a Finger

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He's perhaps only an inch long. But in a year, he could be over 3 feet long! Juan C. Levesque, a graduate student and fisheries professional, says that the broadbill swordfish (Xiphias gladius) is called the "gladiator of the sea." In a 2014 article for the magazine Florida Sportsman, Levesque describes the life cycle of this fighting fish prized by fishermen:

On average, swordfish grow about 14 inches per year, but there are differences between the sexes. Female swordfish grow faster, live longer, and reach a larger size than male swordfish; almost every swordfish I weighed that was heavier than 200 pounds was a female. It has been reported that swordfish can top 14 feet and 1,400 pounds in weight, but these large fish are rare these days. In my 7 years collecting data on commercial fishing vessels, the largest swordfish I ever saw captured was around 500 pounds; it was caught near West Palm Beach, Florida.

-via Colossal


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Reporter Confuses Giant Mushroom in His Hand for a Microphone


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The Turkish reporter is interviewing the man on the left while holding a microphone. For reasons that are unclear, he's holding a giant mushroom in his other hand. During their conversation, he gets the two confused and begins speaking into the mushroom--until the subject of the interview points out his error.

-via Laughing Squid


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Jedi Belle and Lumière the Lightsaber

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Cosplayer Elizabeth Rage, whom we last saw putting a Slave Leia take on Belle from Beauty and the Beast, now takes that character into a different role in the Star Wars universe. Rage made and wore this Jedi knight outfit at the CosLosseum convention in San Diego.

Normally Jedi make their own lightsabers. But in this case, prop masters Dude Jay Cosplay and Jamison Bond built this light-up sword that looks like Lumière from the classic Disney film.

-via Fashionably Geek


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Woman Gets Solo Flight Home for the Holiday

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The Chinese New Year is upon us, which has led many people in China to try to travel home to be with their families. Terrible winter storms have made many people cancel their airline flights. Enough passangers cancelled their reservations for a flight from Wuhan Tianhe to Ghangzhou that, the People’s Daily reports, a woman named Zhang had the plane all to herself:

Monday's blizzard caused several flight delays in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province. Flight CZ2833, from the city to Guangzhou, southeast China's Guangdong province was delayed for 10 hours. Most of the passengers had already changed to an earlier flight.

Zhang had a grand time on the 2-hour ride. She didn’t have to fight over armrests or listen to screaming babies. Instead, she switched seats often, chatted with the flight attendants, and shared a bag of oranges with the pilot.

When Zhang arrived at Guangzhou, she took a shuttle bus away from the airport. She was the only passenger on that vehicle as well.

-via Atlas Obscura


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Green Tea Chocolate-Covered Potato Chips Exist

Casey Baseel of Rocket News 24 brings us excellent news: it’s no long necessary to mix your own green tea chocolate, then pour it in precisely measured lines over ruffled potato chips. It’s possible to buy whole bags of prepared green tea chocolate-covered ruffled potato chips, thus saving you from a good half hour of work every day.

Baseel taste-tested the results and said that they smell not just like green tea, but specifically like the Uji matcha variety of green tea grown in Kyoto. That’s good because we’re not crude savages who give no thought to keeping up appearances in respectable society. Baseel continues:

With the chocolate kept to moderate quantities, the first taste sensation is a salty one, like a normal potato chip. After that, though, there’s a mellowing sweetness, pleasant but in no way cloying. The layer of chocolate is just think enough to slightly soften the crispness but also provide some moisture.

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Antique Mousetrap in a Museum Catches a Mouse

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The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, UK has many artifacts from a much older, lost Britain. Among them is a 155-year old mousetrap. The appropriately-named Perpetual Mouse Trap by Colin Pullinger & Sons goes by the tagline “will last a lifetime.”

In fact, it will last several lifetimes. The Assistant Curator recently found a dead mouse in the unbaited trap. That’s quality equipment! You can see more photos of the trap here.

-via Atlas Obscura


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Seas within Whales Represent Buddhist Realms

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Isana Yamada is a graduate student in design at the Tokyo University for the Arts. For his graduation project, Rocket News 24 reports, he composed sculptures of 6 whales that float through space, containing within their bodies detailed dioramas of the ocean waters and floor. They're mesmerizingly beautiful.

The six whales represent the six realms in Buddhist cosmology: the Heavenly Realm, the Asura, the Animal Realm, Hell, the Ghost Realm, and the Human Realm.

(Photo: Yamada Isana)


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New Winter Sport: Boar Curling

Ice skaters on Båven, a lake south of Stockholm, Sweden, spotted wild boars on an island in the middle of the frozen lake. They were trapped there, unable to gain traction on the ice and probably running out of food on the little island. So the skaters gently pushed the boars across with poles, like they were sweeping curling stones across the ice.


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-via Huffington Post

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The Full Ranking of the Fastest-Talking States in US

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Can you talk as fast an auctioneer at work? Then perhaps you’re from Oregon. According to a study conducted by Marchex, a mobile advertising analytics firm, people from Oregon talk faster than anyone else. The Atlantic reports that the company examined phone calls and measured “rate of speech, density of speech, hold times, and silences” to rank all 50 states. Here are the top 10:

1. Oregon
2. Minnesota
3. Massachusetts
4. Kansas
5. Iowa
6. Vermont
7. Alaska
8. South Dakota
9. New Hampshire
10. Nebraska

And here are the slowest talking states:

40. Illinois
41. Ohio
42. Arkansas
43. Georgia
44. Texas
45. New Mexico
46. North Carolina
47. Alabama
48. South Carolina
49. Louisiana
50. Mississippi

Do any of these surprise you?

-via Althouse


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The Annual Gathering of Twins in Twinsburg, Ohio

What's it like to be a twin? The New Yorker went to Twin Days, an annual convention of twins in the appropriately named Ohio town of Twinsburg. There, one half of a twin set described how their mother tended to group them together, no matter what:

You know, if I want mustard on my sandwich, my mom assumed she did, or vice versa . . . but if she got in trouble at school, then I always got in trouble.

These 11-year old brothers are best friends. But that doesn't mean they want to be together all of the time:

My mom is like, "Why do you want to go to someone else's house, you have a brother." I'm like, "Once you get to know everything about someone . . . ."

". . . it's still fun to play with them, but sometimes you just need someone else."

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IKEA Builds a Hotpot That Won't Turn on Until People Hand over Their Phones

The hotpot rests at the center of the table, surrounded by ingredients. It's time to cook and eat them together. 

Yes, you could eat while using your phone. But where's the fun in that? Put it away. Don't phub your dinner companions.

You don't have a choice with this hotpot table made by IKEA Taiwan. The hotpot turns on only once someone has put down a phone. The heat turns up incrementally with every phone added.


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You want to send a quick text or Instagram the experience? Don't. You'll ruin the food for everyone else. Talk to the people with you instead.

-via OhGizmo!


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"My Log Cabin 1985"

Behold paradise on Earth.

Flickr member andolent shares the story of this retreat that he built by himself and lived in for 8 years:

I lived here for about eight years, and owned it for about fifteen years after I built it in 1976 with local fieldstone and oak logs I cut, peeled and notched on the site, working alone with hand tools. It had no plumbing, I carried water from a nearby spring, and I heated it in winter with about half a cord of wood a week which I cut and burned in the open fireplace. Eventually I moved into Asheville and had to sell it, but it was a large part of my life, and I miss it more with each passing year.

I don't blame him.

-via American Digest


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Man Builds a Bit of Narnia in the Woods for His Girlfriend to Discover

In The Lion, The Witch, And the Wardrobe, Lucy Pevensie steps through the magic wardrobe to discover the secret world of Narnia. She finds a single lamp-post standing in the snow-covered forest, lighting the way for travelers.

Redditor Gen4200 and his girlfriend own a nice slice of forest that reminds them of Narnia, which is among her favorite stories. So at night, he secretly hauled a lamp-post out into the woods, fixed it into the ground, and provided electrical power with discreetly hidden solar cells. When she discovers it, she'll be ready to go on many adventures.

You can see more photos of the project here.


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Fly a Plane through the Circle Plane

The men behind Flite Test like to fly remote control airplanes. But more than that, they love to build bizarre designs to see if they will actually fly. In the past, they’ve built airworthy models of the helicarrier from The Avengers and a Super Star Destroyer from Star Wars.

For their latest project, Josh and Peter built a large RC plane with a circular wing. They took their plane to the Flite Fest convention in Malvern, Ohio and invited kids to fly their own smaller planes through the circle.

They did so, having a lot of fun—even as they repeatedly collided with the circular wing plane. Eventually, Josh and Peter’s plane collapsed and crashed.


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-via Technabob


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TARDIS Kilt

This is excellent! Besides being stylish, kilts are also practical wear as they permit natural ventilation into the, uh, Heart of the TARDIS. And there will be no need to go on a diet. No matter what you weigh, you'll look slimmer in this kilt by Kilt This.

Like any proper utilikilt, it comes with 2 large pockets, 3 additional containers, an apron sporran, and D-rings for your gear, such as screwdrivers--sonic and otherwise.

-via Fashionably Geek


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Pay-by-the-Minute Dog Parking Box


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Do you need to leave your dog outside the store while you step in for a few minutes to buy something? You can tie your pup up, but he may not be safe. Here's an alternative solution.

Dog Parker is a new start-up business with 5 locations in Brooklyn, New York. It's a box that sits outside shops. Members can slide a security card to unlock the box. There's a padded floor inside and the box is temperature controlled. When you return, just slide your security card again to retrieve your dog.

The charge is 20¢ a minute plus a $25 annual fee. Members can use a box for a maximum of 3 hours every 12 hour period. If the temperature gets below 32°F or above 85ºF, the Dog Parkers are closed until the weather improves.

The company is developing a mobile app that will permit members to reserve a time slot in advance, as well as monitor their dog remotely.

Here's a demonstration video:

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Makers Turn Kids' Crazy Inventions into Real-Life Objects

Dominic Wilcox is an artist noted for his crazy inventions, such as the breakfast digger and the smartphone nose stylus. He decided to tap into the creativity of 450 children in Sunderland and South Tyneside by asking them to design inventions. Then he asked local makers to turn their designs into reality. Wilcox calls the project Inventors.

It really worked! For example, Wendy Ridley, age 9, wanted a family-sized scooter. She got it--right down to her specific color scheme:

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There's a Theme Park in Germany Where You Can See Props from The NeverEnding Story

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Bavaria Films is a movie production company in Germany. Like Universal Studios has its own line of theme parks and resorts, so does Bavaria Films have its own fun park available to the public.

The 1984 children's fantasy film The NeverEnding Story has become among the company's most treasured classics with an enduring fanbase. Many props from the film are there, including the Southern Oracle and Morla. You can even ride Falkor, the luck dragon from the story.

You can see more photos of the props at Dangerous Minds.


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Medical Insurance in Dungeons & Dragons

When putting together an adventuring party, it's important to include a cleric to heal injuries along the way. A high-level cleric may not offer great combat abilities, but is essential to keeping the party effective on dangerous missions.

Redditor LinkGrajo13's character got hurt and needed a quick healing job. And so:

My friend came into our weekly session with a new cleric. When I asked him to heal me, he handed me this

This is, by the way, only the first form. The cleric in question showed up in the discussion thread with a complete list of the forms, which you can download and use--until there is a regulatory change that requires you to start over.

-via Nerd Approved


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The Time Elvis Got out of His Limo to Break up a Fight between Strangers


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It was June 24, 1977. The scene: Madison, Wisconsin. A 17-year old boy was about to get into a fight with two other boys at a gas station where he worked.

That's when the King of Rock 'n' Roll showed up:

Suddenly, a limousine pulled up and out stepped an overweight, middle-aged man in a blue jumpsuit. He walked up to the struggling parties, struck a karate pose and told them, “All right, I’ll take you on.”

This man was Elvis Presley.

The two attackers recognized him and immediately backed down. Elvis asked them all, "Is everything settled now?" It was. Elvis got back in his car and left.


(Photo: Badger Herald)

Appropriately, there's now a memorial plaque at the site where this amazing event took place. It's called the Elvis Karate Fight Memorial Plaque and, thankfully, it's open to the public.

Be the Elvis that you want to see in the world.

-via Althouse


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This NFL Player Is Getting a PhD in Math at MIT in His Spare Time

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Working as a professional football player is a full-time job. But that's not stopping John Urschel, a defensive lineman with the Baltimore Ravens, from picking up a side hustle. In his case, that's working through a doctoral degree in math at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Adam Epstein of Quartz reports that Urschel plans to study "spectral graph theory, numerical linear algebra, and machine learning."

While Urschel and his colleagues on the Ravens went to the playoffs last year, he wrote a paper titled "A Cascadic Multigrid Algorithm for Computing the Fielder Vector of Graph Laplacians." Now in an off season, he's back at work on his degree. Quartz quotes Urschel describing his motivation to play:

“I play because I love the game. I love hitting people.”

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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