The Man with 400 Albums. R. Stevie Moore is a puzzling, yet long-lasting, music star.
Thanks for Nothing. A collection of links about the tax bill now in Congress.
Norway’s Medieval Wooden Churches Look Plucked From a Fairy Tale.
True Kilts: Debunking the Myths About Highlanders and Clan Tartans. You might be surprised to find out how recent registered family tartans are.
Women Waiting Tables Get Harassed Constantly, And We Know How To Stop It.
The Long Journey to Make Pixar's Dia de los Muertos Movie Coco. Coco opens November 22 nationwide.
Why the Nazi Party Loved Decaf Coffee.
Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey, and other recipes for stoned Millennials. (via Cracked)
Married Young: The Fight Over Child Marriage in America. (via Nag on the Lake)
New York's Holiday Nostalgia Trains. (via Metafilter)
Monday, November 20, 2017
In case you just can't wait for the Winter Games because you love watching people slip and fall, here's a Japanese game show that will fulfill that desire. Slippery Stairs takes the agony of maneuvering a world covered with ice and puts it relatively safely on TV. Contestants must climb a series of stairs that are not only lubricated, but slightly angled. At least they are wearing helmets.
The competition starts out looking like a normal, albeit slow, race, but quickly escalates into a human demolition derby. At about three minutes in, it begins to resemble bowling, with these guys as the pins. See, it doesn't matter that you're ahead of the pack when one false move can send you back to the beginning. The best you can do when that happens is to take everyone else with you. And even if you make it to the top, you will look ridiculous doing it. (via reddit)
Sunday, November 19, 2017
We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet the British take it very seriously. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, and a process for transferring the crown to Prince Charles. A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never go out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. (via Mental Floss)
Chance the Rapper was on Saturday Night Live last night. He wasn't the musical guest this time -Eminem was. Chance was the guest host, but he still managed to give a musical performance during his opening monologue. It's a modern Thanksgiving song that tells it like it is, about the relatives you haven't seen since last Thanksgiving (for a reason).
Saturday, November 18, 2017
This weird LEGO stop-motion video portrays the Ewoks sacrificing C-3PO in a religious ceremony. But it's not Return of the Jedi, it's actually that horrifying scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, with original audio. It's altogether pretty creepy.
What's the point? You'll see that this story explains one of those things that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because there is no detail in the Star Wars universe too small to be examined and made into a fan film. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Something gives me the idea that whoever owns this cockatiel is a Queen fan. MAY-cyan sits on the arm of a Freddie mercury figurine while whistling "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Radio Gaga." YouTuber MrsStr1 has a couple of other videos of MAY-cyan singing Queen songs in his channel. We'll have to check in again to see if he learns to whistle "Bohemian Rhapsody." (via Laughing Squid)
The new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer confirms what many fans thought about the first trailer: Rey is not asking Kylo Ren for help. Those two closeups were obviously blocked and filtered to make them seem part of the same scene, but we all know her question was directed to Luke. The same question has a different lighting in this trailer.
The repetition of the "Who are you?" from The Force Awakens clues us in that the ultimate reveal in episode nine will be Rey's background. They just can't have a completely unrelated hero appear out of nowhere and save the day. (via The Mary Sue)
Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan. This is the first episode.
You can see all the episodes (so far) of Black Girl in a Big Dress on one page at the show's website, or at YouTube. (via Metafilter)