Thursday, November 23, 2017

Math Test

The Muppets Join Dick Cavett for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving episode of The Dick Cavett Show in 1971 featured Jim Henson and his Muppets through the whole show. This segment has Cavett's monologue, some ads from 1971, a musical number, and an interview with Henson at nine minutes in. You can watch the entire special at Laughing Squid.

Simon's Cat in Fast Food (A Thanksgiving Special)

In this holiday cartoon from Simon Tofield, the cat and the kitten double-team Simon when he's merely trying to enjoy his Thanksgiving meal. They've adapted the methods of a gang of common street thieves: distract and swipe the goods. You might think it sad that he's eating alone with just his cats, but it's not based on a real Thanksgiving meal- Tofield is British, after all. But an aromatic savory bird is attractive to cats all over the world. I hope he cooked enough for all of them! 

After Dinner


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Expiration Dates Don't Mean What You Think

Foods you buy at the grocery store has sell-by dates, which does not mean that the food expires on that date. What the date really does mean can vary depending on the food, the state, and exactly how it's worded. Stores use sell-by dates so they can make sure they're rotating their stock properly -to sell the oldest stuff first so nothing is wasted. Speaking of waste, you may be wasting food if you are convinced it goes bad by the date on the package. Adam Conover of Adam Ruins Everything has the lowdown on how expiration dates work in the real world. And spoiled milk, which is a little icky. (via Tastefully Offensive

Miss Cellania's Links

Does Eating Turkey Really Make You Sleepy at Thanksgiving?  Eddie Deezen deconstructs your holiday nap.

14 Moving Facts About Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Punch Lines for Book Titles. Snide Octopus is an Instagram account that takes book titles right out of the library and subtitles them to make you laugh. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Cranberry's Bitter History.

I have a feeling tax cuts for the rich aren't in Kansas anymore. 

Why My Parents Eat Paprika On Cottage Cheese. By the end, all I could think of was how sad that people can actually grow up in America without spices.

Non-Americans Label the US States

A Brief History of “Alice’s Restaurant.”


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Honestly, 2017 has sucked. I'll be thankful when it's over. Well, if I look hard enough, I can find a few things to be thankful for. Altogether, it's hard to think about this year without turning fatalistic. But I'm afraid to say, "Hey, things could be worse!" because you know what happens then.

Come One, Come All

Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving Dinner, by Thomas Nast, 1869. There's room at the table for everyone. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sounds Expensive to Me

Get Ready

The Temptations from 1966.

The Difference

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The Saddest Thing at the Grocery Store

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Tweet of the Day

The FCC is about to kill net neutrality and make the internet work like TV cable companies. Want HBO? Another $10. Want to get AMC? Pay for a bundle that includes channels you don't care about -which includes a surcharge for sports. But on an even bigger scale for the internet. Want access a small website you like? Sorry, that one doesn't appear on any of our bundles currently, as they haven't paid the company to be considered. Want Hulu? We don't offer that, watch our company-run streaming service instead. But you'll have a limited monthly bandwidth. And it's not like you have a choice of another ISP in your area- the big telecoms have already taken care of that. Oh, yeah, that small website that couldn't afford to get on any bundles? They'll be out of business soon, and we who run them will be out of a job.

The FCC is determined to do this. They will vote December 14. Call your congressman and ask him/her to stop this, or send a message somehow. And be sure to explain this to everyone you see during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Following Directions

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Miss Cellania's Links

Cinemaps: Plotting the Fantasy Worlds of the Silver Screen. Artist Andrew DeGraff tells how he designed maps of our favorite films.

Your Reckoning. And Mine. As stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we think about the culprits in our lives? Including, sometimes, ourselves.

The True Story Behind Plymouth Rock.

They were once Olympic rivals- one the captain of the U.S. women's hockey team, the other the captain of Canada's women's hockey team. But now Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette are celebrating the birth of their daughter, and they're melting hockey fans' hearts. (via Metafilter)

The Savvy Marketing That Put Marshmallows on Your Sweet Potato Casserole.

America Rediscovers Its Love of the Front Porch.

12 Pieces of 100-Year-Old Advice for Dealing With Your In-Laws. Some of those tips will make you cringe. 

The Silver Trail: How An Italian Immigrant Made His Mark on Southwestern Jewelry.

The Long Ethical Arc of Displaying Human Remains. (via Metafilter)  

An Omen

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Russian Traffic Ice Ballet

Residents of Vladivostok, in far eastern Russia, woke Friday morning to snow-covered roads. The snow hid a layer of ice, which drivers soon discovered. Oh, you could go places, as long as those places were downhill. Police received reports of 350 accidents in one day, some involving up to twenty vehicles. 

The Russian news site has 19 videos taken of traffic problems due to the snowstorm. You can vote on which is best in a poll at the bottom. I particularly like #19, in which a camera was focused on a hill across the street.

(via Boing Boing)