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Why Did Greenland’s Vikings Vanish?

Vikings settled in Greenland from 985 CE to somewhere around 1424, then all written records of them vanished. The conventional wisdom is that they flourished in the northern island during the Medieval Warm Period, then could not adapt to the cold after the eruption of the Indonesian volcano Lombok caused global cooling. The changed conditions devastated the Viking's livestock and crops, while the Inuit survived because they lived off seafood. But did those Vikings really die out? Konrad Smiarowski is leading an excavation in Greenland that paints a different picture.   

“Probably about 50 percent of all bones at this site will be seal bones,” Smiarowski says as we stand by the drainage ditch in a light rain. He speaks from experience: Seal bones have been abundant at every site he has studied, and his findings have been pivotal in reassessing how the Norse adapted to life in Greenland. The ubiquity of seal bones is evidence that the Norse began hunting the animals “from the very beginning,” Smiarowski says. “We see harp and hooded seal bones from the earliest layers at all sites.”

A seal-based diet would have been a drastic shift from beef-and-dairy-centric Scandinavian fare. But a study of human skeletal remains from both the Eastern and Western settlements showed that the Vikings quickly adopted a new diet. Over time, the food we eat leaves a chemical stamp on our bones—marine-based diets mark us with different ratios of certain chemical elements than terrestrial foods do. Five years ago, researchers based in Scandinavia and Scotland analyzed the skeletons of 118 individuals from the earliest periods of settlement to the latest. The results perfectly complement Smiarow­ski’s fieldwork: Over time, people ate an increasingly marine diet, he says.

If the Vikings adapted to Greenland's conditions like the Inuit did, why did the Vikings disappear from the historical record? Scientists have differing theories, as laid out in an article at Smithsonian. 


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Keeping up with the Kattarshians

Four kittens live in a house together. It's scaled to be just their size. Three live webcams (and a night vision camera) follow their antics as they learn to get along with each other -or not. Is that a great premise for a show or what? That's Keeping up with the Kattarshians, an Icelandic production starring a litter of kittens who will eventually be up for adoption.    

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The overwhelmingly cute kittens are siblings and we call them the Catdashians (The Kattarshians in Icelandic, due to the spelling in our language) and we’re keeping up with them. They are unfortunately orphans and will stay in their wonderful house for 3-4 weeks until some nice people adopt them and other homeless kittens take their place.

Keeping Up With the Catdashians is a cooperation project with The Icelandic Cat Protection Society and with full knowledge and approval of the Icelandic Food And Veterinary Authority, the Animal Welfare Officer and the Expert Veterinarian and Animal Welfare Officer in Iceland.

Employees and volunteers from The Icelandic Cat Protection Society take care of the kittens and make sure they get a sufficient time with people which is very important. They also take care of housekeeping, cleaning the litter box and serving food. Meanwhile we take a break from the streaming. This happens 2-3 times a day.

This video compiles the best scenes from the past week. To watch the action live, bookmark this link. When I last checked, they were asleep: one in the top bunk, two on the floor, and one in the bathtub.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Guess What?

Don't you hate it when people actually do this? If you know someone who makes you guess (usually little kids), it's best to have a nonsensical response ready. This is only the beginning of a longer story at Buttersafe, in which he does guess and gets an answer, so go to the comic there and find out what the real surprise is.


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In 1914, Feminists Fought For the Right to Forget Childbirth

The concept of "twilight sleep" during childbirth arose around a hundred years ago. Doctors in Freiberg, Germany, would give a woman in labor a combination of drugs, including scopolamine, which gave them the experience of going to sleep and waking up with a new baby. In reality, the drugs did not alleviate pain, but merely caused women to not remember their experience. Patients were often restrained, and even made to wear straightjackets for childbirth. But for the women who experienced it, particularly after several natural births, twilight sleep was a miraculous experience.

“I was so happy,” one women declared. “The night of my confinement will always be a night dropped out of my life,” says another. The association celebrated when a “tenement house mother” gave a twilight sleep speech on the corner of her street.

The twilight sleep movement was immediately controversial, though. While feminist women pushed for access to the technique, doctors fought back. They “refused to be ‘stampeded by these misguided ladies,’” historian Judith Walzer Leavitt wrote, in her account of the movement. Doctors wrote in the popular and academic press about the dangers of twilight sleep and argued that one popular article shouldn’t guide medical practice. But the practice also had advocates in the medical community, and soon American doctors were also traveling to Freiburg to train in twilight sleep techniques.

The campaign was so successful that twilight sleep became the thing to do, and for decades, women weren't given the choice to remain alert during childbirth. With the rise of better painkillers and exposes about twilight sleep, the practice finally faded out in the 1960s. Read about the controversial technique and the campaign to bring it the the U.S. at Atlas Obscura.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Best Picture Nominees Get Alternative Movie Posters

A group of artists from Shutterstock took on a project to make art posters for the movies that are nominated for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards. The occasion is the 30th anniversary of Andy Warhol's death, so they each drew inspiration from a famous artist when approaching the films. Alice Lee created the above poster for Arrival, taking inspiration from the style of Roy Lichtenstein. You can see all nine of their creations at TVOM.


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Siberian Tigers Take Down Drone

These well-fed tigers live at the Harbin Siberian Tiger Park in Heilongjiang Province, China. A quadcopter was sent in to get some footage of the cats in the snow. But the cats chased the drone just like any prey, and actually caught it!

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They soon found out it didn't taste good, and it wasn't quite dead, either. The staff was able to recover the drone and the footage. -via Gizmodo


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The Mounties: They Always Get Their Man

The following article is from the book Uncle John's True Crime: A Classic Collection of Crooks, Cops, and Capers.

If the Americans hadn’t disrespected Canadian borders, we might not have the Mounties.

LAWLESSNESS IN THE WEST

In 1869, with Canada about to take control of its interior from the Hudson’s Bay Company, Prime Minister John A. Macdonald outlined his plan for a paramilitary police force to patrol the region. The idea didn’t really get going, though, until 1873, after the Cypress Hills Massacre. That year, American wolf trappers in Montana lost a lot of horses to thieves who appeared to be headed for the Canadian border. The trappers followed and lost the trail, but stumbled on a camp of 300 Nakota natives. In a tense standoff full of accusations and alcohol on both sides, the wolf trappers opened fire on the Nakota camp, killing at least 20 people.

The massacre outraged Canadians for a number of reasons, including the fact that Americans were invading their territory with impunity. And it wasn’t the first time either. Just a few weeks earlier, whiskey traders had started illegally selling alcohol at Fort Hamilton (nicknamed “Fort Whoop-Up” because of the whiskey trade) near what is now Lethbridge, Alberta, and rumors swirled that the traders had flown the American flag over the fort. They didn’t really, but the incident was enough to speed up the formation of Macdonald’s police force, which he named the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), or Mounties. They got guns, horses, and red uniforms, in part to differentiate them from the blue of the American cavalry ...just in case the recurring border incursions turned into a full-scale war.

ON THE MARCH...WITH A TRANSFER IN CHICAGO



The first squad of 309 Mounties was assembled in 1874. Scoring an early point for multiculturalism, if not for sensitive language, Macdonald had specified that the new force should be a “mixed one of pure white, and British and French half-breeds.” Pay was 75¢ a day, and recruits had to be between 18 and 40 years old, physically active and able, and literate in either English or French.

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The Water Man

Kenya's Tsavo West National Park has seen no rainfall at all since last June. The waterholes have dried up, and wildlife is suffering. But Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua spends hours every day driving a water truck to concrete-lined waterholes in the park to make sure elephants, zebras, buffalo, and antelopes have enough water to survive. Mwalua is not a park ranger, but a pea farmer with a soft spot for animals. When he and his truck approach a waterhole, huge beasts make their way over to relieve their thirst.  

Between road trips, Mwalua runs a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers. The 41-year-old also visits local schools to talk to children about the wildlife that is their legacy.

"I was born around here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife," he says. "I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife."

Last year, Mwalua started renting a truck and driving water to several locations in Tsavo West. His mission would extend to several trucks, keeping him on the road for hours every day as he drives dozens of hard miles between stops.

A few Americans are raising money to help Mwalua pay for gas and truck costs as he delivers water to wildlife. See how his road trips help the animals at The Dodo. -via reddit

(Image credit: Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua)


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Andrew Huang's Midi Unicorn

Andrew Huang (previously at Neatorama) synched a drawing of a unicorn with his midi program and made some pretty music! How did he do that? There's no trick to it, and it's not an automatic program, just a lot of work and experimentation. He'll tell you about it.

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Huang was inspired by the work of musician Savant, who has midi art on his Facebook page.  -via Laughing Squid


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Five Moments That Prove Batman is as Insane as the Joker

Comic book heroes can be great fun, but when they are perfect, they can get boring over time (see: Superman). Batman has no superpowers, but all the money, gadgets, skills, and ethics he ever needs -which got boring over time. But sometime after I quit reading comic books, DC introduced flaws in Batman's psyche. Psychological problems made the character all the more interesting, although some may argue that the idea has occasionally been taken too far. His nemesis the Joker was always portrayed as criminally insane, but there have been a few times that Batman himself was shown to be more mentally troubled than even the Joker. Check out five of those times explored at TVOM.  


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Leia Choking Jabba in LEGO

Ochre Jelly (Iain Heath) is back with a Star Wars LEGO creation from the movie Return of the Jedi. It's the scene where Princess Leia gets her revenge on Jabba the Hut.

Carrie Fisher had been scheduled to appear at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle this year, so I decided to make a LEGO tribute to her character from Star Wars, for the Brick Nation display that I'm involved in at that event. I had already seen LEGO tributes showing a demure Princess Leia shoving a floppy disk into some poor hapless droid, but I wanted to reimagine a moment from the original trilogy that really captured Fisher's feisty character!

This image is captioned "You gotta kill a lotta frogs to find your prince!" See other angles and closeups at Flickr. -Thanks, Iain!

See more pop culture LEGO art from Ochre Jelly


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Seven New Exoplanets Discovered, Three Possibly Habitable

NASA has announced that the Spitzer Space Telescope had identified a dwarf star about 40 light years away, with seven Earth-size planets revolving around it. Three of those planets are in the habitable zone, meaning they have temperatures that could support liquid water and possibly sustain life. The star itself has been named TRAPPIST-1, and the planets are named the same, with letters appended to denote their position.

Using Spitzer data, the team precisely measured the sizes of the seven planets and developed first estimates of the masses of six of them, allowing their density to be estimated.

Based on their densities, all of the TRAPPIST-1 planets are likely to be rocky. Further observations will not only help determine whether they are rich in water, but also possibly reveal whether any could have liquid water on their surfaces. The mass of the seventh and farthest exoplanet has not yet been estimated – scientists believe it could be an icy, "snowball-like" world, but further observations are needed.

"The seven wonders of TRAPPIST-1 are the first Earth-size planets that have been found orbiting this kind of star," said Michael Gillon, lead author of the paper and the principal investigator of the TRAPPIST exoplanet survey at the University of Liege, Belgium. "It is also the best target yet for studying the atmospheres of potentially habitable, Earth-size worlds."

The planets revolve closer to their star than Earth to the sun, because TRAPPIST-1 is smaller and cooler than our sun. The planets are also fairly close to one another. Read more about the discovery at NASA, and at the website dedicated to TRAPPIST-1.  -via The Daily Dot


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10 Shocking (Mis)Uses for Electricity

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During the 17th and 18th centuries, people knew electricity was the next big thing—they just weren’t sure how to use it. So they tried it all.

1. RUDIMENTARY DENTISTRY

For most of history, treating a toothache was a matter of tenacity and creativity. The Aztecs sought to stave off pain by eating chilis. Native Americans chewed on mistletoe berries. Ancient Scots wrapped caterpillars in cloth and tucked them near the ailing tooth. In 1700s pre-dentistry England, people simply had the tooth extracted—by barbers and blacksmiths. So it’s no wonder that, by the late 18th century, those suffering from dental laments didn’t think twice about trying an electric shock to the mouth. Doctors would take a metal wire, encased in glass or strung through a feather, and apply it to the throbbing molar. Unfortunately, the jolting pain offered no relief, making berries and caterpillars seem like a tea party.

2. HIGHLY UNETHICAL ENTERTAINMENT

In 1730, an Englishman named Stephen Gray realized that electricity moves through some objects (like metal or people) but not others (like rubber). Today, we know this as conductivity. To demonstrate the phenomenon, Gray built a harness out of silk cords and paid an orphan boy to be his guinea pig. He strapped the 47-pound boy to the silks, suspended him in midair like Superman for an audience, and gave him a charge with an electrostatic device. The boy appeared to acquire mystical powers: Small objects floated toward him. He could turn book pages without touching them. When people tried to poke him, sparks flew. Gray was awarded a medal for his experiments. But, presumably, not custody of any children.

3. SHOWING DEATH WHO’S BOSS

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Overflowing Glory Hole

The spillway at Lake Berryessa in California's Napa Valley works like a sink or tub overflow drain. It just automatically drains when the water level in the reservoir behind the Monticello Dam gets to a certain height. The locals call the round, accessible spillway the Glory Hole. Last week, after torrential rains, the water level got high enough to reach the Glory Hole for the first time in ten years -and this time, we have drones to record it. Bonus: AC/DC.

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The concrete funnel is 72 feet wide, and goes to work when the water reaches 440 feet above sea level. In the video, it is draining at about two million gallons a minute. In case you are wondering, here's what the Glory Hole looks like when the water level is low.  -via Digg


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The Latest in Menstrual Products: Vaginal Glue

Wichita chiropractor Daniel Dopps has a patent and a website for a new menstrual product called Mensez. It a "Feminine Lip-Stick" use to seal the vagina until a convenient time. Women across the internet saw the obvious drawbacks of the idea and the marketing behind it.

An OB/GYN has more reasons why this is not a good idea. Mensez is not yet for sale, but the Facebook page for the product received such backlash that it was taken down. Still, one statement from Dr. Dopps was archived with a screenshot, which doesn't help his case at all. -via Metafilter

(Unrelated image credit: Brian Dys Sahagun)


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28 Facts about Internet Sensations

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Some things become memes because they are funny, others because they were an easy target, and sometimes the reason is completely incomprehensible. Of course, the easiest way to produce an internet sensation is to have a funny cat. In this the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show, Mike Rugnetta has story after story about internet memes and the people behind them.


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The Han Solo Story

The next movie in the "A Star Wars Story" series will tell the adventures of Han Solo in his younger days. The yet-untitled film is expected to be in theaters on on May 25, 2018, although that may change. Principle photography began this week, and Disney/Lucasfilm has released details and a photograph of the cast.



The movie will star Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. The 6' 10" Suotamo played Peter Mayhew's body double in episodes VII and VIII. Mayhew may return for episode IX, depending on his health (he is 72). Suotamo posted a tribute to Mayhew on the official announcement of his Han Solo movie role.

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Japanese Photographer Makes Action Figures Come To Life

Osaka photographer hotkenobi stages superhero action figures in comedy scenarios for our enjoyment. See characters from DC Comics, Marvel, and occasionally Star Wars interact with each other in a way you haven't seen before.



See a selection of hotkenobi's funniest images at TVOM.


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The Pineapple Pizza Scandal

Pizza is pretty universal, but it varies from place to place. People will argue all day about pineapple pizza, which was developed not in Hawaii, but in Canada, which caused a small kerfuffle in that nation when President Guðni Jóhannesson of Iceland dissed pineapple pizza.

President Guoni Johannesson recently told a group of high school students during a Q&A that he was fundamentally opposed to pineapple on pizza — and that's not all. He went on to say if he could, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping.

Johannesson clearly did not know his opinion would offend or even make the news. He responded on Facebook.

I like pineapples, just not on pizza. I do not have the power to make laws which forbid people to put pineapples on their pizza. I am glad that I do not hold such power. Presidents should not have unlimited power. I would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don´t like. I would not want to live in such a country. For pizzas, I recommend seafood.

Seafood? It's not all that uncommon on European pizzas, although it was pointed out that "fiskmeti" should have been translated as "fish" instead of seafood. Fish pizza? Like anchovies? Everyone has their own tastes. In Sweden, they use all kinds of fruit and other pizza toppings an American wouldn't consider. -via Metafilter

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Which topping should never appear on a pizza? You can select more than one.





We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Pix2pix Tensorflow Artificial Image Creation

Christopher Hesse created a way for internet users to experiment with artificial intelligence-created images. The idea is that you draw an outline, and the machine uses the info that it already knows to create your image. There are four generators, each with their own database of information: facades, cats, shoes, and handbags. This is an example from the facades generator.



Pretty neat, huh? What could possibly go wrong? Well, what happened was that, internet users being who they are, everyone wanted to use the cat generator, which uses a database of about 2,000 cat images. This is what happens when you draw a fairly good cat.



And this is what happens when you draw a not-so-good outline of a cat. I drew this.



But not everyone drew a regular everyday cat. That's when it gets horrifying.

Some folks drew things other than cats.

-via Metafilter, where you'll find links to more examples. Try it yourself!


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An Honest Trailer for the Oscars 2017

Oscar season is here, and Screen Junkies is taking the opportunity to give us a mini-honest synopsis of each of the nine films nominated for Best Picture. There's a couple of historical dramas, a war movie, a coming-of-age story, a musical, some love stories, and even a science fiction film represented. They each gets theirs in this Honest Trailer. Sadly, Deadpool is not among them.  

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They also take some jabs at the Oscars themselves. The Academy Awards ceremony is this Sunday night.


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14 Facts You May Not Know About Johnny Carson

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

Incredible as it may seem to all of us Johnny Carson fans, it has now been 25 years since Johnny Carson last hosted The Tonight Show. On May 22, 1992, Johnny hosted his 4,531st and final Tonight Show. As over 50 million viewers tuned in, there were no guests that night, and Johnny sat alone on a stool and conducted a retrospective hour and said a heartfelt final goodbye to his fans.

Since Johnny's retirement, as all the other talk show hosts will freely admit, Johnny has been irreplaceable and remains the #1 most beloved talk show host in the history of television. Let's take a look at a few little-known facts about Johnny Carson.
      
1. He started out in show business as a magician, calling himself "the great Carsoni."

2. Early in his career, Johnny also worked as a ventriloquist. His dummy's name was "Eddie."

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Color-changing Hair Dye

If you recall mood rings from the 1970s or Hypercolor t-shirts from the '90s, you probably won't be surprised that  you can now color your hair with a dye that will change color in response to the temperature. The dye called FIRE from the company The Unseen debuted at Fashion Week.

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According to Wired UK,

FIRE is designed to be responsive to temperature fluctuations, and is available in multiple colour ranges from bright red to subtle pastels. The data used to create the dye stems from the process of thermoregulation in the human skin and the colour change chemical reaction occurs in response to a certain stimuli - in this case, changes in the environment. When the temperature drops or rises, the carbon-based molecules at the core of the FIRE dye undergo a reversible reaction.

Then you'll have to watch out for this sort of reaction:



If they develop a dye that will go from white to cobalt blue, I'll be first in line. -via Uproxx


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Competitive Eating in the 17th Century

Competitive eating has been described as a particularly American thing, but showing off how much one can consume did not originate in the U.S. Nicholas Wood, the Great Eater of Kent, was a 17th-century Englishman who would demonstrate astounding gastronomic feats, often on a bet, and was sponsored for a time by poet John Taylor.

Wood was a self-made farmer when Taylor found him, but the Great Eater had already gained a reputation as a nearly superhuman feaster. Wood made a name for himself as a glutton by performing feats of feasting at fairs and festivals, as well as by taking part in dares and wagers with nobles. As recounted in Jan Bondeson’s book, The Two-Headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels, Wood had, at various times, devoured such incredible meals as seven-dozen rabbits in one sitting, or an entire dinner feast intended for eight people.

Wood didn't care much about what he was dared to eat, and at various times consumed an entire mutton shoulder (bones included), a dozen loaves of bread soaked in ale, and 60 eggs. Read about the Great Eater of Kent at Atlas Obscura.


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Zootopia Filmmakers Create Animal Parody Posters for Oscar Nominees

The Academy Awards will be bestowed on movies from 2016 this coming Sunday night, so it's time for parodies that double as promotions for the Oscars. There's a scene in the movie Zootopia (which is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year) in which one character sells bootleg movies, which are movies somewhat familiar to us but star animals and have animal-pun titles.  

You’ll find titles like Wreck-It Rhino, Meowana and Pig Hero 6 in the pile of bootleg movies, showing us what the animal versions of those movies would be like in the thriving metropolis of anthropomorphic creatures. Now the Zootopia directors Rich Moore and Byron Howard, as well as screenwriter Jared Bush, have created parody posters for some of the Oscar nominees who will be vying for an award when the awards are passed on this Sunday.  They’ve done six that are pretty amazing.

You can see all six of those posters at TVOM.


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Space Cake Has Worlds Inside

Pedagiggle made a birthday cake for four-year-old Ilyas with a space theme. She wanted to convey the idea of outer space inside the cake as well as the decorated outside, so she created a solar system for the interior. According to the posted instructions, she made the planets by baking cake pop orbs first, then she embedded them in a marble cake with the appropriate food coloring. She also made rocket cookies and Star Wars cookies. That had to be some birthday party! -via reddit

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10 Terrible Early Drafts of Villains

It takes a bit of tweaking to get a character right for a movie, especially if it's science fiction or a comic book adaptation. What looks good on paper often doesn't translate all that well to the screen. So it's common that early drafts are tested out and changed considerably before production. Sometimes those early ideas were just plain stupid.

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But thanks to archived art and screen tests, we can see what those early and awful ideas were like. Aren't you glad they tried again and again until they got it right …or at least better? -via the A.V. Club 


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Cat Tries To Steal Food From Dog

This slow motion video shows us in excruciating detail what happens when you interfere with a dog getting a treat. Notice the looks of extreme anticipation on their faces. The cat is calculating some kind of subterfuge. Then a french fry is finally flung in their direction.

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Yeah, that's what they say about the best laid plans. At least the cat will be able to explain his injury as a "Lab accident." -via Boing Boing

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Libretto: The Last Second

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!

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The mini-opera that premiered as part of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Story and words by Marc Abrahams
Music by Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and Frédéric François Chopin
Directed by Maria Ferrante and Robin Abrahams
Props by Eric Workman
Piano: Patrick Yacono
Accordion: Thomas Michel

Original cast
Maria Ferrante: The TIMEKEEPER, the scientist who runs the scientific office that controls the world’s master time clock (that office, among other things, administers leap seconds)

Scott Taylor: The REPORTER who comes into this wanting to write a news report about the leap second

The Clock Chorus: Ted Sharpe (chorus wrangler), Ellen Friend, Abby Schiff, Jean Cummings, Sue Wellington, Daniel Rosenberg, Kevin McCaughey, Michael Skuhersky, John Jarcho, Fred Tsai, Erika Hutchinson, Jan Hadland, Kettly Benoit

Innocent Bystanders (in Act 3): Nobel laureates Dudley Herschbach, Rich Roberts, Eric Maskin, Roy Glauber Special Time Micro-Lecturers: Jenny Hoffman, John Lowe, Eric Maskin

Special Time Micro-Lecture (preceding Act 1)

Harvard physics professor Jenny Hoffman explains, in one minute prior to Act 1, what a microsecond is. (Image credit: Mike Benveniste)

Lecturer: Jenny Hoffman (Harvard Physics professor)

Topic: “What’s a leap second, and why do we create them?”

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How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie

If you've been watching the BBC TV series Planet Earth II, you've no doubt been amazed at the wildlife footage. It almost looks like a Hollywood action film -a blockbuster, even. A lot of that is due to new filmmaking technology.

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The BBC has been making nature documentaries for 60 years, and they have steadily gotten better as the cameras and equipment get better. This video from Vox gives the short history of that technology and how it can be used to film fascinating creatures that don't follow a script. This is "part 1 of 3," so we can look forward to more behind-the-scenes looks at how Planet Earth was made. -via Tastefully Offensive


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