Comrades, our moment of liberation is at hand! Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the President of Belarus, has declared that toilet paper is completely absent from the sausage that his nation produces. This, he says, is in sharp contrast to the sausage of neighboring Russia. The dictator, referring to himself in the third person, told reporters that Belarus has kept the food standards that it maintained while it was in the Soviet Union. Radio Free Europe reports:
He told Russian reporters on October 17 that Russia had lowered its food-quality standards after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union "while we, thanks to Lukashenka, retained state standards."
"Belarusian [food] is of substantially higher in quality. There is no toilet paper in the salami and never was," he said.
He added that "such facts have been discovered at Russian enterprises -- toilet paper, soy, all kinds of additives."
Jaemy Choong is a graphic designer in Malaysia. Lately, he's been posing people behind movie posters, expanding these famous scenes to provide additional details to the stories. You can view them all on his Instagram account.
The E.T. poster is brilliant. Hopefully it inspires J.J. Abrams as he works on Star Wars.
On Saturday, a duplex in Fresno, California caught on fire. Beth Lederach was driving in the area when she noticed it. She parked and recorded the video above. The rescue occurs at the 1:28 mark. There are shouts of alarm when the people in the area realize that an elderly and infirm man is still inside the building. But, suddenly, Dodgers Fan Man appears, carrying the old man over his shoulder! He put the man down, then disappeared. Carmen George writes for The Fresno Bee:
“I couldn’t believe it,” Lederach said. “I was so relieved, I just wanted to cry.”
The rescued man — whose identity also was not released — was transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation, said Kris Townsend, a spokesman for the Fresno Fire Department.
The rescuer appeared to have "come out of nowhere,” Lederach said. “He just calmly walked right in there and then came walking right back out with this guy.”
Lederach said the rescued man “was visibly shaken and wiping his brow; very sweaty.”
Besides the conspicious absence of a set of flame throwing bagpipes, Chen's stripped-down design also lacks a seat. What it does have leg supports which permit the rider to squeeze his/her legs against the fame. This provides additional stability.
The name is a reference to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In the horrifying dystopia in which that novel is set, there is no privacy anywhere. There's a 2-way telescreen in every home which broadcasts propaganda and surveils every person.
Hopefully you don't live in such a nightmarish society. But a bit of privacy can be nice. When you need to retreat from the world, slide into the couch and lower the draperies.
Todd Robins and Joe Robins, the filmmakers behind Kuma Films, travel around the world filming people demonstrating incredible skills. While in Singapore, they met performers who can make cards dance in their hands. Watch the magic of these masters of cardistry.
The process was straightforward. Amy made circles of canned crescent roll dough, then wrapped them around a few kernels of candy corn. Then she deep fried the dough balls and dusted them with powdered sugar.
Kriyate Design Solutions, a start-up company in India, has developed a phone specifically for people with visual impairments. The phone has metal pins built into the body that raise and lower, permitting users to read text in Braille. This is an interface that offers radically new opportunities. Bob Yirka explains in PhysOrg:
Up till now, blind people have had to rely on apps (such as Georgie developed by Sight and Sound Technology) to use their smartphones. Such apps typically make use of GPS to help those that cannot see find their way around unknown areas and to help read signs, menus, etc. With this new innovation, blind users will be able to send and receive text messages, read web content, use custom apps (including those with GPS abilities) and even take pictures of things and look at them using their fingers. It's a significant step forward and likely would not have occurred had not an insightful person come up with a workable idea, and then been backed by a company with very deep pockets and no expectations of making a profit from its investment.
As a librarian, I found this 1947 vocational guidance film from Iowa State University fascinating. Paul of Weird Universe comments, "I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore." I disagree.
Oh, the technology has certainly changed! Programming, 3D printing, and manipulating learning management programs, among other technology skills, are common tasks for librarians today. But one thing definitely hasn't changed. At the beginning of this video, the narrator gets to the heart of librarianship:
Now, do you like people? And do people like you? Do you like all kinds of people? The young as well as the old? People in all stations of life? You do? That's wonderful.
Aside from a few specialized roles, librarianship is, above all, working with different people effectively. All of the principles outlined in this video made 67 years ago are still applicable.
Nairobi is a rapidly growing city opening to international markets. There's an emerging status symbol among wealthy Kenyans that some clever restaurateurs have exploited: being waited on by a white person at a restaurant. In the New York Times, Jeffrey Gettleman describes the scene at the Caramel, a high-end restaurant:
The other night, Martin Mileveski, a smiley young man from Macedonia, leaned over a table of three immaculately dressed Kenyan women and delicately poured out the Captain Morgan rum.
“Anything else I can get you ladies?”
They smiled and he drifted away.
“That’s kind of cool,” said one of the women, Lawrencia Namulanda. “A mzungu,” or foreigner.
The food that Mileveski serves includes macaroni and cheese, a dish seen as quintissentially American. Other members of the staff are also white or from the West. Their presence draws in customers:
The other night Caramel featured a hostess from Las Vegas, a leggy bartender from San Diego, a chef from Goa, Mr. Mileveski and another young man from Macedonia. The foreigners made up a small percentage of the total staff but were definitely the most visible. Some said they were here for just a short time, to train Kenyans; others said they planned to stay awhile.
“I see job in Internet, I come Africa,” said Nenad Angelovski, the other Macedonian import, whose English was not nearly at the level of the Kenyan waiters. “I like Africa. I like adventure.”
There have previously been a handful of Westerners running restaurants here, the occasional Italian maître d’hôtel or Israeli manager helping bring a hot plate to a table or making a wine suggestion. But when Caramel opened in September, the word quickly spread: mzungu waiters, mzungu waiters. Many Kenyan customers said it was the first time they ever had their dirty dishes cleared by a white person.
“We never had anything like this in Nairobi,” said Cecilia Wairimu, a well-known Kenyan singer who recently dined at Caramel. “I think it’s awesome.”
Like any other motivation, racism provides a market that can be exploited profitably.
Certain bacteria in the colon are essential to survive. If you don't have that bacteria, it may be necessary to take someone else's poop and put it up your colon in order to transplant the bacteria. The conventional method is by colonoscopy, but there will soon be an oral delivery method.
Many hospitals maintain in-house poop banks to have the bacteria readily available for fecal transplants. But smaller clinics and independent doctors usually don't have such resources. That's where OpenBiome comes in. This new company founded by MIT scholar Mark Smith collects medical grade poop and distributes to doctors in need. Chelsea Rice writes for the Boston Globe:
“Think of us as a blood bank, but for poop,” said Smith, who developed OpenBiome when he saw the gap in the medical structure to provide many patients with the life-saving fecal samples. “You shouldn’t have to fly across the country to get poop.”
Donors undergo a thorough medical screening that includes tests for infectious diseases. Once approved, they visit the facility, make a deposit, and earn $40:
Once a donor’s sample passes the medical exam, he or she is enrolled and scheduled to visit the Medford facility every day. Each visit takes 30 minutes, during which the donor produces a sample into a hat-shaped bowl that rests over an ordinary toilet. Then the donor walks out with $40.
The cold, hard cash is not, however, the only reward. To further encourage new donors to sign up, and current donors to donate more often, OpenBiome is turning pooping into a game, awarding Super Pooper nicknames—such as Vladimir Pootin, King of Poop, and Winnie the Poo—to those donors with the most samples. (These heroes remain anonymous.) The more doo you donate, the higher your Super Pooper character will climbs in the rankings. So eat your fiber!
To celebrate the move to our new lab, some sweet treats inspired by our product line. Patty cake anybody? pic.twitter.com/gj1R61s3il
Sky Hits is a cable television channel in Germany and Austria. From December 1-14, it will show all 6 Star Wars movies, Star Wars documentaries, and specials on a continuous loop, 24 hours a day. The movies will air in the narrative order, so this glorious fortnight begins with The Phantom Menace. The documentaries and special videos will air between the movies.
Up to 3.8 million subscribers in Germany and Austria will have access to this event. So if you live in those two nations, it's time to ask for two weeks of vacation.
And that was the day my dog saved my life. If he had not torn up that pillow and pooped on the floor, I would never have made it hope. Thank you, Beagle Cop, for responding to my dog's emergency so quickly and intelligently.
Lately, cartoonist Jim Benton has been working on a series called Beagle Cop--the dog with a badge. So far, there are three cartoons in the series.
A few years ago, astronaut and science educator Don Pettit joined the crew of the International Space Station. All astronauts are allowed to bring a few personal items with them. Pettit chose to bring candy corn. He used that candy corn to build a sphere in zero gravity.
Why? Because Pettit wanted to teach certain principles of chemistry and physics to people back on Earth. He began his experiment by coating the wide ends of the candy corn with oil and inserting them into a drop of water. The oil-coated ends tended to move toward the edge of the sphere, away from the water. This is a demonstration of how soap works.
Wait, we can't just destroy it! It's so comfortable. Surely it can't hurt me if I rest my head on it for just a little while, right? Surely Robert and Elsa Evans would not have crafted such an excellent pillow if it wasn't harmeless!
This is the neatest thing I've seen all day! Morgan Spence is a 15-year old stop motion animator from Kilbarchan, Scotland. He's loved LEGO since he was a young child. Now he's using it at a highly professional level. This video shows how perfectly he recreates scenes from movies, including Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, and Life of Pi.
Geoffrey Henry's cat Twitter walks like an elegant lady in heels. Is that a carpet in an ordinary house? No, it's a high fashion runway in Milan or a sidewalk along the Champs-Élysées. I'll bet that wherever she goes, the tom cats watch her closely.
This is a white-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus). This primate species lives on the southern tip of Madagascar. They're the lemur equivalent of the people who write graffiti in public restrooms. Usually these lemurs live alone, but they use community latrines. Besides the coventional purpose of a latrine, the lemurs use them to communicate.
Researchers Iris Dröscher and Peter Kappeler spent more than a thousand hours watching these lemurs relieve themselves at these facilities. They determined that the lemurs use the latrines as social networking tools by leaving scent marks directed to not only the entire group, but also specific individuals. From Physorg:
Males visited the latrines more often during nights when an intruder invaded the territory. In addition, the males placed scent marks from their specialized anogenital glands preferentially in latrines. "This indicates that latrine use in this primate species should also be connected to mate defense," says Iris Dröscher, a PhD student at the German Primate Center.
"Scent marks transmit a variety of information such as sexual and individual identity and may function to signal an individual's presence and identity to others," continues Dröscher. "Latrines therefore serve as information exchange centers of individual-specific information."
I'd like to think that somewhere among these latrines, there's a lemur equivalent of Neatorama.
Your cat leads a stressful life, what with all the work he does around the house. Doug Savage of Savage Chickens urges you to help him relax while he’s on vacation. You might want to try that recording, too.
Chicken and waffles are a staple of American soul food. They belong together just as nature intended. Usually they are not made into a classic dessert. Graham Blackhall, a chef in New Orleans, has now changed that.
Blackhall’s chicken and waffles cake uses a vanilla buttermilk cake as a base. It’s topped with a maple syrup buttercream and a spicy sage caramel. Then it’s decorated with chicken nuggets and Belgian waffles.
This is a great start. To go further, I suggest placing chicken nuggets between the cake layers.
The comic strip Peanuts was made into several feature films that are regularly aired on American television--even today. Most prominent among them are A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Over nearly 50 years, ABC, CBS, and Fox made more than two dozen Peanuts specials. Some proposals for others were, though, rejected.
#rejectedpeanutsspecials is a funny hashtag currently trending on Twitter. It’s filled with ideas for Charlie Brown stories that were, thankfully, never put into production. Here are a few examples:
Redditor MoobyTheGoldenCalf is a generous and crafty parent. S/he writes, “So last year my kid wanted to be a mailbox for Halloween. This year, he wanted to be a vending machine. Here are the results.” They are impressive costumes--possibly enough to fool the inattentive.
The vending machine has a plastic sheet in the front “so that kids don’t run up to him and steal the chips.” Smart thinking, that. The candy deposit slot is on the right. There’s a light on the inside and a mirror film that lets the boy see out, but other people won’t be able to see in.
Hubert Rochereau dutifully marched off to war from his home in the village of Bélâbre, France. He served as a second lieutenant in the 15th Dragoons. Rochereau died of his wounds sustained in battle against the Germans in Loker, Belgium on April 26, 1918. For his courage under fire and his sacrifice, France bestowed on him the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor.
Rochereau’s parents were heartbroken. They kept his room in their house the way that he had left it. When they moved in 1935, their stipulated in the sales contract that his room must remain as it was for at least 500 years.
The requirement was legally dubious, but the new owners respected the wishes of the mourning couple. So did current owner, who inherited the house from her grandparents. It is a unique look into the past. Anne Penketh writes for The Guardian:
The room contains the spurs of the cavalry officer, his sword and a fencing helmet, and a collection of pistols. A flag is propped up beside the wall. His pipes are on his desk and the stale smell of English tobacco comes from a cigarette packet. […]
On Rochereau’s desk is a vial on which, in keeping with tradition, a label records that it contains “the soil of Flanders on which our dear child fell and which has kept his remains for four years”.