The Animal Defense League of Texas took some of their animals to visit the zoo while it was closed. It’s hard to tell who’s having the better time. Click here for more.
Space.com explains why this would be fast, and cheaper, and get us two planets in one trip.Click here for more.
People in the Facebook group Mushroomcore have been sharing pictures of fungi for a long time. Recently a series of these popped up. Click here for more.
If you’ve watched movies or television, you’ve probably seen this guy act. Usually as, “The mean Chicano guy with the tattoos”.
His remarkable story is being told. See the review here, and check out the trailer below.
These are real and native to the Philippines. The wingspan? 1.7 meters. In other words, wider than your ten-year-old kid is tall.
Here’s the story, with pictures and video.
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Software is a bunch of 1s and 0s put into a particular order. Sometimes the order is so long and complicated that things go a little… off
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Even with prices adjusted for inflation, it’s remarkable how much less houses used to cost.
Find out how much you could get for how little here!
A Cracked One Page Slideshow to help you understand what they mean.
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America the Story of Us: Declaration of Independence
The Revolutionary War: Animated Battle Map
Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks NYC 2019 from Brooklyn Bridge
(GoPro View with 3 Barges)
The American Revolution – OverSimplified (Part 1)
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The American Revolution – OverSimplified (Part 2)
Independence Day 1941
What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence – Kenneth C. Davis
Elvis Presley: An American Trilogy, Hawaii
Eels – Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues
Non-Americans Are Sharing The Things They Actually Like About America, And It’s Eye-Opening. Check it out here!
4th of July Zombies – Americans Don’t Know Why We Celebrate Fourth of July!
And so you don’t think we’re getting too soft, here’s some dark humor.
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
Comedy Central is going to be the spot for it and Mike Judge is in charge. No word about when, though. You can read the story here, and ponder another about whether it can work in 2020 here.
Bonus question – how many years do you think it’s been since Beavis and Butthead were unleashed upong the world? Answer after the clip.
Twenty Eight years. It started in 1992. Kids drunkenly conceived after the first time it aired are complaining about how awful high school kids are these days.
Bored Panda has gathered some new ones, and you can see all 40 here. How many did you already know?
“How did something so despised become so popular? ”
Wendell Potter spent Two Decades in the Insurance Business, most recently at Cigna. He has Something to Say:
Read the rest of his statement about Insurance Lies here.
Tonight and Tomorrow, don’t be an idiot. Here’s the common sense too many of us don’t have – and we get to see fireworks bringing the pain to some dummies.
NASA releases years of video all compiled in one hour and begging for a Beatles reference. See the story HERE, and the video’s right below.
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The show will run on Netflix and have a new format that has less reenactment, more cryptozoology. Read the details HERE and check out the trailer below.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver remains “pretty confident” about the league’s plan to safely resume play but admits that a spread in the NBA community could bring the league to a halt again.The story’s HERE!
The bill calls for a commission to create a new design by September, to be approved or rejected by voters in November.” The story’s HERE!
“A man was left with an agonising four-hour erection after being infected with coronavirus doctors have warned.” It’s the Sun, so yes, the pun was required.The story’s HERE!
More animated story telling on the 40th anniversary of Permanent Waves
Her Twitter video and the whole story are here.
The Atlantic Looks at the Anti-Mask Culture, right here.
At Least He’s Trying!
Another Great Cracked Slide-show, without having to deal with Slide-show; it’s all on one page!
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Bored Celebs Recreate ‘The Princess Bride’ While In Lockdown
Here’s a sneak peak of one scene, more pictures and the story can be found here.
When the Beatles Sang in German
When a Beatles and Super Mario Song Have the Same Chord Changes
Before the Beatles: The Birth of British Rock
Get Back Update and More Beatles News
Red the details about what he found, and how TikTok’s grabbing your information, right here
Brenna Ehrlich writes about the old rumor that the Liverpool street made famous by the Beatles was named after a slave trader. The history is more involved than you might think.
Read the full story right here.
From the New Steve Martin album, here he is with some folks from the Philadelphia Orchestra performing his song “Office Supplies”.
From the Subreddit of the same name, here’s 45 very expensive looking problems, fails, and accidents gathered by Bored Panda
The rest of the highlights are right here
I could never ride a pogo stick for more than two bounces. If you were any better, see if you even came close to these stunts. Beyond Slow Motion presents the world’s best extreme pogo stick riders.
“Shannon Hoon, lead singer of the rock band Blind Melon, filmed himself from 1990-95 with
a Hi8 video camera, recording up until a few hours before his sudden death at the age of 28.
Created with his own footage, voice and music, this intimate autobiography is a prescient
exploration of experience and memory in the age of video. It is also Shannon Hoon’s last
work, completed 23 years after his death.“
And a video of the band members talking about the day he died:
One Man KISS Show
States with Less Population than L A County
40 more are right here!
The Reason Medieval Paintings Of Cats Were So Bad
A look at medieval hoods, how they’re used, how they’re worn and something you probably didn’t know about them that will make you think about medieval people differently.
For those who are not into wearing masks for reasons like the threat is over, a mask doesn’t protect from breathing in the virus, and the classic line “can’t breathe with a mask on”, one doctor has something to say, right here!
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Plenty more here!
Find all the dates right here!
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All the details here, and a video if you have to see it to believe it.
Read more about why right here.
It might also help lower the odds for a Planet of the Apes eventuality. Details here, and a video from this month about why thieving monkeys are more than a funny problem.
My Grandfather had a miniature railway set that took up half a room. The Memphis Zoo has a seasonal one about twice that size. Then there’s this:
And HERE’S what they’ve been up to since then:
History too often gets a bad rap as a boring subject. That’s because K-12 history books have a mission to keep the USA from looking too bad, and to cram too much information into too little time. It means we don’t get pictures like these, and the stories that go behind them.
Yes, that’s a motorcycle chariot race from 1936. Twenty-five more pictures here!
And speaking of the weird – are these videos creepy, disturbing, or just see-through gimmicks?
Find Out How Much and How Often Right Here
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Let Us Know If You Hear of Anyone Actually Doing This
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His Story is Here
Read It While You Can
A guy sets up his telescope in various locations to let strangers take a close up look at the moon. Their reactions are all similar, and priceless. “It’s a great reminder that we should look up more often.”
Dogs Using Each Other as Pillows
Reddit has a section dedicated to the “World’s Most Delusional Craigslist Ads” and Bored Panda gathered thirty of the best.
Rush released a special animated video to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Permanent Waves album.
We are Currently at a 48 Year Low in Happiness. Is Anyone Surprised?
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A New Study Estimates There are 36 ALien Civilizations Capable of Communicating With Us – Which Suggests They Just Don’t Want To.
Carrying on From that Last Story – Here’s Why We Haven’t Heard From Them:
“Hotel Pools” from Jim Gaffigan
One of our favorites, comedian Jim Gaffigan, does a set on how weird we become when we enter a hotel, and had a lot to say about the pool.
Squirrel Rescue Gone Wrong
Two main questions about this one, why can’t you hold the phone properly for recording video, and why would you want to rescue one of these vermin in the first place? You deserve what happens and the end!
“When the Levee Breaks”, the Original
We know Led Zeppelin, let’s say… liberally borrowed from the blues. Here’s what one of their songs sounded like before any of them were born. For more about the artist, check out Wes’s Blog for today.
Here’s how Netflix can ‘predict your future’ and it’s blowing people’s minds
A new viral trend called the Psychic TV challenge cropped up on TikTok last month and sees users turn to Netflix to find out their destiny with hilarious results.
To get involved you simply type in the first letter of your name into the streaming service’s search bar.
From there, you pick a number between one and 10 to determine the show you choose.
You then click into that show and depending on whether it has more than one season, pick a number between one and the latest series it’s on.
One you’ve clicked into the corresponding season, then choose a number between one and the last episode in that series.
Finally pick a minute from the episode – depending on its run time it could be between one and 32 minutes or one and 57 minutes for example.
Fast-forward to that minute and “here lies your future according to Netflix”
More on the story here
Android Gets Thwarted by a Photo
The “Basilisk Stare” photo features a snafu that turns it into “an Android-Killing Threat”!
Negative Harmony Cover – Stairway to Heaven
The Music Theory Behind Why that Negative Harmony Song Sounds the Way It Sounds
150 years ago a Philosopher explained an internet truth
John Stuart Mill made a clear and detailed point in 1869 that explains why you’re probably never going to win an argument with someone on the internet. It outspokenly supports the point that the social media is best used for funny video and vacation photos people will pretend to have seen.
How the Drive-In Theater started
Since this is about the only way to see a movie outside of your house these days, here’s how, and when, the drive-in started.
Could Solar Storms Destroy Civilization?
Short answer: yes. Longer answer: not necessarily. The fantastic people at Kurzgesagt explain in less than ten minutes, and it’s even entertaining.
A Shimmering Armful of Nope
Hidden Treasure Chest Filled With Gold And Gems Is Found In Rocky Mountains.
Over ten years ago this guy hid a fortune in the woods with only a poem and a vague map for clues. After all this time, someone finally found it. Funny enough, he doesn’t want to come forward. NPR has the whole story.
Police Have Been Spying on Black Reporters for Years, Locally
During testimony at a lawsuit over police violations of 1978 concent decree barring surveillance of residents for political purposes, a promenant name in Memphis/Mid-South journalism realzies she was one who had been spied upon. RawStory has her story.
This either the best or worst thing anyone’s done to the game of Chess in years.
Tradition? Who needs it? Download a way to play chess that doesn’t bother with setting things up the same way each time. This is an old story that never got the traction it deserved, because who wouldn’t want to play chess with two queens, or may five rooks, or a pair of extra bishops instead of those boring ol’ pawns.
Brass Against – Wake Up (Rage Against the Machine Cover) ft. Sophia Urista
THIS is strong… and a great RATM cover song. Great voice too! In case you missed the Facebook Post.
The Kitten that Moves like a T-Rex
A dose of cuteness starring a kitten who hasn’t let a handicap stop her.
Roko’s Basilisk: The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment
Warning – once you watch this long enough to know what it says, you cannot unknown it.
The Landlord an Original Animation
What happens when the tenets get a notice that the rent is due is not what you would expect to happen when tenets get a notice that the rent is due. And keep an eye out for rats.
Google Translate Presents: THRILLER
The wonderfully talented and skilled Malinda Kathleen Reese has a great YouTube channel that deserves your attention. Here’s a taste as she sings Michael Jackson’s Thriller, with all the lyrics translated through a few layers of Google translate, and then back again.
Remember Super Mario Bros? Not Enough Weird in Your Life Today?
Then take a look at a twist on convention.
The “New Normal”? One person’s account of what it’s like going to a theme park on (re)-Opening day. Travel+Leisure sent a writer to Universal Orlando.
Of all the projects that came from the self-quaranteening, this one may take the grand prize. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Lockdown Buddy.
Why We Need Schools
I Watched Dozens Of Cops Race Past My Whiteness To Assault Blacks In Times Square
An article by Ian Powers for Deadspin.
A few water bottles flew over my head, aimed at the officers, along with plenty of verbal missiles. The white shirts behind the NYPD’s line commanded the rank and file to rush.
Read his full account here
That time two cats go into a fight and burned up an apartment building.
Here’s the Cutest Wrestling Match Ever
Parent Asks For Mind-Blowing But Simple Facts That Would Satisfy A 3-Year-Old Before Bedtime, Gets 30 Responses.
Cat Sprinting and Pouncing in 4K Slow Motion – The Slow Mo Guys
Brooks Falls – Katmai National Park, Alaska powered by EXPLORE.org Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park is the best place in the world to watch brown bears feasting on salmon as they swim upstream to spawn. Find out the best time to watch live and learn more about Katmai and its brown bears on Explore.org @ https://goo.gl/fhMmQy.
NHK conducted an experiment to see how germs spread at a cruise buffet. They applied fluorescent paint to the hands of 1 person and then had a group of 10 people dine. In 30 min the paint had transferred to every individual and was on the faces of 3.
THE HOOD INTERNET presents 1987 Samples of more than 50 songs from 1987 mixed together into one 3-minute song by The Hood Internet.