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The World's Longest Running Daily Webcomic

Bill Holbrook, a cartoonist in Georgia, writes and draws two syndicated newspaper comic strips, these being On the Fastrack and Safe Havens. In an unusual twist for a cartoonist, he also writes and draws a third comic strip, this being the webcomic Kevin & Kell (an intended alliterative pun of Heaven and Hell). Following is a summary derived from the website.

Years ago, Kevin Kindle the rabbit and Kell Dewclaw the wolf met in an online chat room. After falling head over heels for each other, they decided to meet in person. It wasn't until then that they realized they were from separate ends of the food chain.

However, the relationship they'd developed online overcame Kevin's instinct for self-preservation, and Kell's heart melted from such a demonstration of trust. Kell was energetic and vivacious, qualities Kevin had found lacking in herbivores. Such a relationship between predator and prey seemed doomed to fail but these two opposites were determined to overcome the barriers that society placed in their path.

They eventually married, knowing good and well they would become outcasts. They settled in the suburb of Domain, which borders both a large metropolitan area and an uncharted region known simply as The Wild. A year later, Kell gave birth to Coney, a carnivorous female bunny who inherited Kevin's big ears and Kell's meaty appetite.

Other than their unconventional pairing, these woodland Bradys are not unlike a typical American family. Kevin and Kell live within a tree (at the corner of Tooth and Nail Streets) containing all the comforts of a suburban home: TV, indoor plumbing and neighbors with binoculars. Kell now works as CEO of a company that supplies meat to supermarkets through predation. Kevin owns and operates an Internet Service Provider called Hare-Link from the basement of their home. Family members and many other animals appear as regular characters, and in a running plot line, all marriages are almost always between different species, most often predator and prey.

Continuities vary from simple dailies to complex storylines that run for weeks on end. Plots typically involve some sort of high-tech but also run a gamut of topics such as friendship, relationships, family issues, workplace issues, and personal conflicts. Two things are certain - 1) you've never seen a comic strip like this before and 2) animals are every bit as neurotic as humans (who, by the way, make occasional appearances in the strip).

Kevin & Kell may be found at https://www.kevinandkell.com, embedded in which are links to Holbrook's other strips, and most surprisingly, to Hare-Link itself, which is a real ISP. Check it out and you may find, as I did, that it is a good daily read.


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Reporting From the Storm

For some reason, news outlets send reporters into hurricane areas that have been evacuated. The reporters tell us that everyone should leave, yet they stay to give us visuals that we don't need. Are they risking their lives unnecessarily? Often, no. Today, people have been sharing a video from The Weather Channel in which a reporter is working hard to stand up against the wind, but it doesn't seem to affect the two guys walking in the background.

Adam Gordon and friends had a little time on their hands, and figured they could do their own report. -via reddit


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Real Flamethrowers vs. “Not a Flamethrower”

Earlier this year, Elon Musk threw together a personal flamethrower and sold a ton of them through his Boring Company to raise some quick cash. The boxes were labeled "Not a Flamethrower," and that's what they came to be called. No one disputes that they are dangerous, but how do they stack up against professional and military grade flamethrowers? Watch and see as DriveTanks.com test three models. If you want to skip the unboxing, the flames begin at 2:00. -via Digg


The 2018 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 28th First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded last night in a ceremony at Harvard University's Sanders Theater. These are awarded by our friends at The Annals of Improbable Research every September for scientific research that makes us laugh, and then makes us think. This year's winning research told us how to give ourselves a colonoscopy, how many calories cannibals consume, how riding a roller coaster can help with kidney stones, and how well your mother's spit shine worked on your face. The scientists involved always have a sense of humor about their work, even though they are pushing the limits of human knowledge in one way or another. The awards went to:

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Paul McCartney Answers Autocomplete Questions

Sir Paul McCartney reads what Googles search's autocomplete shows are the most commonly asked questions about him. A lot of these things I already knew, but was surprised to learn that the most successful songwriter alive never really learned to read musical notation. Listening to him reminisce is quite pleasant, as the simplest questions lead to great stories. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Most Decorated Boy Scout Ever

Meet Austin Koslow, the most decorated Boy Scout ever:

Koslow has not only earned every single one of the 137 merit badges the Boy Scouts has to offer, but also seven silver and one gold Eagle Palms — the maximum number of the awards attainable after becoming an Eagle Scout.

Margaret Goff of Japan Times has the story. (Photo: Margaret Goff)


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Divorce Lawyers Give Relationship Advice

Your first reaction might be to think that divorce lawyers will just tell you not to get married. That's not what happens at all. In fact, these people are married, and they value marriage as an institution. They have advice to give because they've seen what can go wrong when two people enter a marriage without being fully prepared. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch as an Online Interactive Adventure

Surely you've seen Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, the famous triptych oil painting from the late 15th century.

But do you know the meaning behind all Bosch's fantastic and gruesome figures in the painting?

Put on your headphones and head on over to this online interactive documentary. Either join the audiovisual tour of The Garden of Earthly Delights, as narrated by Redmond O'Hanlon, or freely explore and click the various icons to read and hear the story behind a particular part of the painting.


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When You Go to the Toilet and They Say "Don't fall In" ...

Which one to use?

This vertigo-inducing trompe l'oeil bathroom is located in the Chicago Magic Lounge. Photo via JoeBatters


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This 1705 Beard Token Proved that the Owner Had Paid the Beard Tax Imposed by Peter the Great

Peter the Great probably wasn't big into Movember.

The Emperor of Russia instituted a beard tax in 1698 - anyone who wanted to keep a beard had to pay a tax. Those who refused to pay were forcibly shaven.

To prove that they've paid the Beard Tax, bearded men would carry around a "Beard Token" - a coin which bore the inscription "money taken" on one side and "the beard is a superfluous burden" on the other side.

Recently, Russian archaeologists have found a haul of ancient coins containing the rare beard token in a 17th century ruin in the city of Pskov.

Via Lost at E Minor


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Did You Misplace a Jug Filled with Hundreds of Gold Coin?

Did you lose a jug filled with hundreds of gold coins? If so, good news! Someone found it.

The Italian Ministry of Culture tweeted the excavation of a strange stone urn at the site of the former Teatro Cressoni in the town of Como. Inside the vessel are hundreds of 5th century gold coins - all in mint condition!


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Snow Leopard Moms



A mother snow leopard at Stone Zoo is teaching her cubs what they need to know to be effective hunters. She knows what this cub is thinking, but she goes along with it and acts the startled prey. It's part of their training. Here's another, from the Bronx Zoo, with the added lesson that you cannot sneak up on prey that is looking right at you.    

And another that is pretty darn cute.

Snow leopards: Their tops are made out of rubber; their bottoms are made out of springs. -via r/startledcats


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The Life Of One Of America’s Bloodiest Hitmen

When Jose Manuel Martinez was arrested for the murder of an Alabama man in 2013, he made a decision not to involve his family in an investigation, and admitted to killing more than 35 men over several decades.

Martinez, who was born and spent most of his life in California, said that for three decades he had worked as a gun for hire, collecting debts and killing people across the United States. Police say that work was often for Mexican drug cartels, though in a few cases he also killed people just because they pissed him off. Martinez refused to say anything about the drug business, including whom he worked for or with. But he was more than happy to talk about bodies. And about his own prowess in killing. They called him El Mano Negra, he said — the Black Hand.

The dead were young and old, drug dealers and farm laborers, fathers and husbands. But always men. They were scattered across as many as 12 states, but his primary killing ground was Tulare County, a little-populated land of vast green fields and listless, sunblasted farm towns in California’s Central Valley, where Martinez had been born and raised.

“You want to know who killed them all?” he asked at one point. “I killed them all.”

The stunning part of Martinez's crimes was that so many of the unsolved murders had received scant attention and little investigation. Read about the 30-year career of a hitman who almost got away with it at Buzzfeed. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Matt Rota for BuzzFeed News)


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Volvo's New Concept Car is Basically a Bedroom on Wheels

This sure beats flying a red eye!

The 360c is Volvo's new concept car that basically combines a bedroom with a self-driving electric car. The idea is to offer an alternative to a short-hop flight to a neighboring city for that morning business meeting. Instead, you can sleep on your way to your destination in a moving bed!


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How Michael Jackson Made A Song

Despite dying just before his 51st birthday, Michael Jackson had a long career in music. After headlining The Jackson Five as a child, he became an even bigger superstar ten years later -without ever having left the stage. The transformation was due to a confluence of music trends, Quincy Jones' work, and Jackson's depth of talent. Nerdwriter1 illustrates that transformation by taking a deep dive into the song that signaled what was to come: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough." It was the first single for which Jackson had creative control. -via Digg


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