Is the future going to be watching a commercial before you watch a commercial? Depending on what the pre-roll you get here is, probably, yeah. Anyway, "Get ready to sob… it's the John Lewis Christmas advert: Tear-jerking commercial tells story of hare making sure his bear best friend doesn't miss out on the big day," is pretty much the story. I mean, whatever, I have enough that makes me cry already, weepy touts for English department stores don't make the list but, you know, bears and Britain, plus it's Friday? It would be insane if we didn't post this. That's Lily [...]
Here is the story of an oversize fungus from China. "The giant puffball fungus was found on a mountainside near the Chinese city of Chonngqing," [...]
"The world was flat. Now it is round. It’s Galileo. Science can now be used to authenticate the art . . . We are [tracing] the painting back to where it was executed. It’s very CSI."
You know who doesn't get enough credit for being the best? Thomas Wright Waller, that's who. Just something like this, for instance, is sometimes enough to convince you that it's not all a giant waste of time. I mean, not always, but sometimes, which is more times than almost anything.
"There is a world in which what happened to Manley and Reid would serve as a cautionary tale to the staffers, operatives, and elected officials that feed Halperin and Heilemann their scoops. Indeed, one Congressional reporter tells me the incident caused Hill sources to freeze up as skittishness set in following Reid’s quote. You might think, too, that the focus and nature of Halperin and Heilemann’s projects would be its own disincentive to cooperate: Game Change, after all, made it clear that the authors consider everything—every private marital conversation, every petty squabble, every venal freak-out, every off-color remark, every otherwise forgotten scandal—in-bounds…. But that is not Halperin and Heilemann’s [...]
Here you will find a picture of a tree that resembles a dog.
When you consider the fact that it is a warm, comforting space where you can spend a few moments by yourself relaxing until you suddenly realize that there will not be another part of your day that is any better—and, in fact, the rest of your day will be a carousel of stress, annoyance, exhaustion, irritation, hopelessness, head-shaking, having to pee, boredom and avoidance, and then probably passing out on the couch as the TV blares its stupid song of consumption—it is kind of remarkable that more people don't just end it all in the shower in the morning. Anyway, here's what will be [...]
"In analyzing their results, the researchers found that sitting on a toilet, as most men well know, results in the least amount of splash-back (the contact point is much closer). They also discovered something likely few men have considered—that urine follows what is known as the Plateau-Rayleigh instability—where a pee stream breaks up into drops before striking something else. That's the worst thing that can happen, the team reports, because each drop creates splash-back. To avoid that, men should stand as close to the urinal as possible they advise. Also helpful is directing the stream to hit the back of the urinal at a downward angle. That creates less splash-back [...]
The fish in this photo is indeed unattractive, but you are not exactly George Clooney yourself, are you now?
"The rubber duck has squeaked out a win for a place in the National Toy Hall of Fame. The bath toy joins the ancient game of chess in the class of 2013 inducted Thursday. The pair beat out 10 other finalists for a spot in the 15-year-old hall. The finalists that didn't make the cut include bubbles, the board game Clue, the arcade game Pac-Man and little green Army men."
"What are we to make," observed the cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker, "of creation in which routine activity is for organisms to be tearing others apart with teeth of all types—biting, grinding flesh, plant stalks, bones between molars, pushing the pulp greedily down the gullet with delight, incorporating its essence into one’s own organization, and then excreting with foul stench and gasses residue. Everyone reaching out to incorporate others who are edible to him. The mosquitoes bloating themselves on blood, the maggots, the killer-bees attacking with a fury and a demonism, sharks continuing to tear and swallow while their own innards are being torn [...]
I reserve the right to change my mind on this but, right now, the way the kids today are putting all the different music into the blender and passing around cups of whatever comes out is probably something that is for the best. I mean, again, that's why I'm feeling right now. Tomorrow I might be grumpy and old about it, but until that happens I am kind of enjoying this. [Via]
(Ugh, okay, the video has been yanked for whatever reason, but the tune is here.)
"Silvio Berlusconi caused outrage in Italy's Jewish community on Wednesday after the former prime minister said he and his children felt persecuted like Jews in Nazi Germany because of hounding by leftist magistrates."
"A European satellite that mapped Earth’s gravitational field in exquisite detail will be pulled down by gravity to its fiery destruction sometime in the next few days. Where and when it will crash no one knows. It could be almost anywhere on the globe. About 25 to 45 fragments of the one-ton spacecraft are expected to survive all the way to the surface, with the largest perhaps weighing 200 pounds. It is the latest in a parade of spacecraft falling from the sky in what are worryingly called 'uncontrolled entries.' About 100 tons of debris will fall from the sky this year alone." Oh, [...]
Remember when I was all "It feels like it should be, like, Thursday of NEXT WEEK already. Man, I do not see how we're getting to Friday at this rate"? You are probably saying, yes, Alex, I remember, it was like ten minutes ago, but NO, YOU COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG, because it was two actual days back and here we are, not at Friday, with a whole hunk of day to get through before we can even consider the possibility that a Friday might yet occur. I have a theory that we are all, still, over a [...]
"The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed measures that would all but eliminate artificial trans fats, the artery clogging substance that is a major contributor to heart disease in the United States, from the food supply."