Monday, October 16, 2017

The Flash

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Wizard of Oz Homecoming Assembly

Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, had a pep rally to gear students up for homecoming. The school's dance team did a great routine with a Wizard of Oz theme. Sure, it's a cheesy idea you'd expect from a high school choreographer, but these kids display some seriously fancy footwork to some truly clever song selections. This may put a smile in your Monday. (via Boing Boing)

Bluebeard's Wives

Performed by students at Beloit College. (via Weird Vintage)

Miss Cellania's Links

Amazing Luck! Read about some uncanny coincidences, or what we call good luck.

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared. “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.” 

How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British Gothic film studio.

America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People. (via Metafilter

A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batmen has been spotted marrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman, most of them twice.

John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

High School Students Forced Out For Reporting Harassment.


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The End

A creepy but ultimately touching tale of a scarecrow. (via deputy dog)

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

An edited version of the 1963 Twilight Zone episode starring William Shatner. From back in the days when you could both smoke and carry a gun on a plane.

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, October 15, 2017


Vincent Price's Dracula (1982)

From 1982, Vincent Price tells us all about Dracula.

Betty White

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Cod Liver Oil

The Perils of Adulthood

Extraordinary Kids in Zero Gravity

In a collaboration between Les Chevaliers du Ciel (The Knights Of Heaven), the European Space Agency (ESA), and noveSpace (a company that operates a vomit comet), a group of disabled kids got to experience weightlessness, accompanied by ESA astronauts. Ten people with mobility issues were freed from the limits of gravity. It was an experience to remember.
The kids came from five ESA member states – UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy – and boarded the converted Airbus A310 Zero G in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of this “Kid’s Weightless Dreams” flight. True weightlessness is produced in the large cabin area of this aircraft during repetitive parabolic maneuvers, as in the Air Zero G flights operated by Novespace.

The children also took part in education experiments including lighting a candle, mixing liquids of different densities, playing ping-pong with bubbles of water and working a fidget spinner to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness.

Joining the children were ESA astronauts from their corresponding member states: Tim Peake (UK), Frank De Winne (Belgium), Maurizio Cheli (Italy), Thomas Reiter (Germany), Claudie Haigneré and Jean-Francois Clervoy (France) mentored the children on board and answered their questions.

Two disabled adults, former athlete and German television personality Samuel Koch, a strong advocate for disabled causes, and Philippe Carette, a very active Rêve de Gosse volunteer and pilot, also took part in the flight. 
Did you catch the girl who used the few minutes of zero-G to walk? That's at 2:35. The event was organized by Rêves de Gosse (Kids’ Dreams), which provides children with educational opportunities and adventures involving space flight. (via Geekologie)

Now What?

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Donald Duck in Trick or Treat

From 1952.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


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Large Cat Spotted

First, David Sluder saw an enormous cat just off the road in Hernando, Mississippi. It appears to be a wild cat, maybe a cougar. He didn't get too close to it. The local news team from Fox13 sent Scott Madaus out to the location to do a live report. He teased it beforehand with this live shot.

Well, that is a large cat, but not any larger than Garfield or your everyday big tom cat. The video and the resulting screen shot went viral yesterday, and everyone got a bit of a laugh. Yes, Madaus did his tease when the house cat appeared on purpose.
"You have a very serious job being journalist, but at the same time when things like this happen you can't take yourself too seriously," he said.
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Star Wars Prediction

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A Night at the Garden

You may have never heard about the 1939 Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. It's not mentioned in textbooks or classrooms because it's a "scary and embarrassing" part of U.S. history. Filmmaker Marshall Curry hadn't heard about it either, either, until last year. He hunted down footage of the event and assembled a documentary. Warning: this film is disturbing. Curry explains more about the film here.
The first thing that struck me was that an event like this could happen in the heart of New York City, a city that was diverse, modern, and progressive even in 1939. The second thing that struck me was the way these American Nazis used the symbols of America to sell an ideology that a few years later hundreds of thousands of Americans would die fighting against.

It really illustrated that the tactics of demagogues have been the same throughout the ages. They attack the press, using sarcasm and humor. They tell their followers that they are the true Americans (or Germans or Spartans or...). And they encourage their followers to “take their country back” from whatever minority group has ruined it.
(via Laughing Squid)