Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Butt Flap Meat

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.

The concrete funnel is 72 feet wide, and goes to work when the water reaches 440 feet above sea level. This week, 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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Miss Cellania's Links

Libretto: The Last Second. An opera about adding a leap second to our year.

Why can 12-year-olds still get married in the United States? (via Kottke)

Zippo lighters of Vietnam soldiers. Some are NSFW. (via reddit)  

Competitive Eating in the 17th Century. Nicholas Wood made himself a reputation as The Great Eater of Kent.

What It’s Like to Be in the Running to Be an Astronaut. It's a months-long audition for a very few slots.

Has the Large Hadron Collider Disproved the Existence of Ghosts? Even if they did, people would believe in them.

How Stuttering Works. Some people overcome it, some learn to work around it, and some suffer greatly from it.

The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality is Catastrophe. While everyone suffers, the rich simply have more to lose.

12 Ridiculously Cool Playgrounds That’ll Make You Want To Be A Kid Again.

The science of why we experience false memories. Even false memories we share with others have to come from somewhere. 


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Sis Boom Bah

Johnny Carson as Carnac the Magnificent delivers the funniest dad joke ever. I remember watching that night and I couldn't stop laughing. I missed the rest of the sketch, which was okay, as nothing could top that one joke.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Useless Coupon

An Honest Trailer for the Oscars 2017

Oscar season is here, and Screen Junkies is taking the time 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. They also take some jabs at the Oscars themselves. The Academy Awards ceremony is this Sunday night.

DIY Selfie Stick

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The Past Month in a Nutshell

By Tom Tomorrow. See more of his comics here.


The father's name is Copi, the son's name is Paste, so of course they are a lot alike. But as Copi sees him son become more and more like him, he learns to put a little color back into his own life, for his son's sake. This short film by Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez says a lot without saying a word. Watch for extra illustrations during the credits that continue the story. (via The Kid Should See This)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Volunteer Sky Watchers of the Cold War

Why Does This One Couch From West Elm Suck So Much?

Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber. It was nonstop sexual harassment, which is egregious but not surprising. (via Metafilter)

Tom the Dancing Bug presents The Donald Trump Mysteries. “The Leak Is Real, The News Is Fake.”

Abandoned Helicopters: 22 Derelict Choppers & Rotorcraft Graveyards.

The Future of Advertising Starts With Your Face. Ads will recognize you and customize messages to put you in the picture.

How a Chinese restaurant kitchen works. Structure and Procedure stand between a staff and chaos. (via Metafilter)

This Woman Has Created Brutally Honest Illustrations About Her Eating Disorder. Christie Begnell used illustrations as therapy while she stayed in a private clinic.

Street Art and Graffiti Cats. Colorful felines brighten public walls all over the world. (via madamjujujive)

Hollywood Peeps: 15 Oscar-Winning Films in Marshmallow. Pretty soon, people will start creating scenes of the 2017 winners.

That Raise

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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. 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)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Uncle Jimmy

Cat Tries To Steal Food From Dog

This slow motion video shows you 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. 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)

Street Pineapple

Who lives in a pineapple under the street? Urban Spongebob! And you thought it was the just the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who lived in the city drains. And Pennywise. The next step is to see how many puns can be made about the sponge that might be found under this colorful manhole cover. You'll find about a hundred attempts in the discussion at reddit.

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. 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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