2017/02/08

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Sloths' Voices Are Just As Cute As Their Faces

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 03:59 AM PST

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Sloths are fascinating creatures that are adored by the public. Strangely though we still know very little about them -both scientists and the public. Here's one more thing you might not know about the cute little critters: they make absolutely adorable sounds. Just listen to this little guy speak!

Via Mental Floss

I Got the Munchies

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 02:00 AM PST

Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.

(Image credit: Flickr user Yelp Inc.)

When the bar closes or the house party is broken up by the cops, college food suddenly seems like the best thing ever. Check out these dorm-room favorites.

“You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here,” Grammy award-winning songwriter Dan Wilson frequently sings to the unwashed masses at many a college town bar around the country. (Fun fact: He won that Grammy not with Semisonic, but for writing a Dixie Chicks song.) And often, they don’t go home. Instead, they go to restaurants made for easing the next morning’s hangovers. Or they do go home, but then they order late-night food that gets delivered to dorm rooms so fast, they freak. Today’s Tedium looks at the cottage industry of college-town food in all its dark alchemy.

The Pizza Place Where Gumby Still Lives

The saddest part about the evolution from traditional animation to 3D might be the fact that once impressive hand-crafted techniques for creating eye-popping visuals suddenly seem old hat.

Which means that Gumby is a forgotten icon of youth that rarely comes up anymore. The claymation bellwether hasn’t regularly been on the air since the 1980s, when it had a brief comeback on the back of an iconic Eddie Murphy sketch on SNL.

(Hollywood is full of blockheads, clearly.)

One place where the memory stays alive, however, is on college campuses, where Gumby’s Pizza menus have been sitting on mini-fridges since the ’80s. (In one case, however, Gumby’s declining name recognition actually led the local franchisee to change its name entirely. Sorry, Gumby.)

The Yelp reviews of the pizza and capital-I Important sides say it all: Gumby Pizza is perfect drunk food. Especially the Pokey Stix. Especially.

Perhaps its greatest, but strangest, moment came in 1991, when University of Florida student Marshall Ledbetter broke into the Florida Capitol building in the middle of the night, high on something, and made a list of odd demands, specifically that people “stop being automaton clones of one another.”

At one point, he faxed a list of demands to a local radio station, including a desire to speak with Ice Cube, Jello Biafra, and Timothy Leary (among others). He also asked for weed and Chinese food. At the very top of the list, however? One 20-inch Gumby’s veggie pizza with extra jalapeños.

The situation ended peacefully, but Ledbetter, who became a folk hero in Tallahassee, was institutionalized for the incident. More than a decade later, he committed suicide.

But his legacy lives on. Biafra wrote a song about him, and it’s rumored that if you order a “Ledbetter Pie” at a Tallahassee pizza shop, you’ll get a veggie pizza, extra jalapeños.

Bet you didn’t expect this Gumby’s Pizza blurb to take such a bizarre tonal shift, did you?

Jimmy John's Sandwiches

Jimmy John’s has over 2,000 locations nationwide. The sandwich shop was one of the most popular college food joints in the country, getting its start in the college town of Champaign, Illinois, thanks to the work of a townie who barely even graduated from high school and was told it was either business, or the military. (As anyone who has ever had the #13 would agree, he chose wisely.) It’s one of the few major chains that’s built a huge following outside of its college-town roots.

The Legend of Taco Dave, the Burrito Slave

When I first went to Michigan State University back in 2001, the first job I had near the campus was one that I was fairly comfortable with—burrito slinger at Taco Bell. I worked at one when I was in high school, but that was nothing compared to doing the same in East Lansing.

My co-workers were all older than me, they were mostly nerds, and they would often play stuff on the radio system that should never be played in a place of business, like Wesley Willis and WWE entrance songs.

I worked Friday and Saturday nights, and it was insane. I met so many drunk people. But at some point, I decided I wanted a job with weekends. I lasted two and a half months.

While I was there, I heard about this dude who predated me at the restaurant by a few years. His name? “Taco Dave.” He wore a sombrero and cape while dishing out chalupas to the drunken masses.

“That dude was a weird ass mofo but his shtick was pretty funny. He went through a period of a few weeks when he pretended to be some sort of robot while working the register,” recollected one local forum poster. “I think he also would wear a Star Trek shirt every now and then, and I also remember him pushing the buttons on the register and giving change with AUTHORITY!”

Being a folk hero, Dave worked at Taco Bell during a particularly dramatic time in the store’s history, where he held court during the infamous 1999 MSU riot. That night, the store’s window was broken in and an enterprising rioter made himself a taco. He claims he never left his post. (It was one of many riots in East Lansing’s history.)

But it wasn’t the riot that did him in. You see, Dave probably violated a few health codes along the way, which eventually led to his firing. I heard it like this: Dave decided to start handing out a beverage he called “fire water,” which he handed to unsuspecting (drunk) customers. This beverage came from the drain pipe of the soda machine, effectively making it so that Mountain Dew Code Red was no longer the most adventurous soda on the menu. That move was not cool with the bosses, and led to his firing.

“What exactly happened on that last day last February is still up for grabs. Some people swear they saw Taco Dave leave with his head hanging low, entering the cold dark night a man exhausted and beaten,” a page at the University of Antarctica about Taco Dave explains. (Spoiler: The University of Antarctica isn’t a university.)

I quit that Taco Bell job before I could even make an impact, but Taco Dave was a legend of his day, someone who still gets talked about in the right places. All praise Taco Dave.

The Story of the Garbage Plate

"I'm outraged. That was my go-to time in and time out. The food was good as hell. Where am I going to get a meal for $6 now?”

— Brandon Wylie, a University of Maryland student circa 2007, discussing his frustration that Danny’s Sub Shop, a prominent hole in the wall in College Park, had closed. The shop, which a source tells me was not in the best of shape, is something of a relic of a different kind of college food—the kind before fast-casual, “artisanal” nosh became the rule. Another College Park legend, Ratsie’s, closed earlier this year, and earned a lament in The Washington Post.

(Image credit: Flickr user jeffreyw)

When you’re drunk and hungry, your mindset probably is a lot like Brandon’s. It’s understandable why he might be so upset that he can’t nosh on extremely inexpensive foods from a dingy corner restaurant where the quality doesn’t matter so much as the nourishment.

You have to remember, dorm-dwellers often can’t afford to subsist on much beyond what can fit in a rice cooker, a mini-fridge, and whatever the latest internship is bringing in. So the goal is really to get as full as possible, not to get all fancy or anything.

Which brings us to the story of the garbage plate. In an effort to win over the college students of Rochester, New York, restauranteur Nick Tahou asked a bunch of college students what they wanted out of a meal. They told him they wanted something with “all the garbage” on it.

His solution was the ”garbage plate,” which includes multiple kinds of meat or protein—hamburger, hot dogs, fish, eggs, or probably actual garbage—and multiple kinds of starches. It’s covered with a special meat sauce, layered haphazardly, further sauced up with mustard and onions, and offered up with a slice of bread. It’s basically the unhealthiest food you can find, and it’s legendary in western New York as a grease-bomb hangover killer.

If you let college dudes come up with an idea for a dish, this is what you’ll get.

(Image credit: Flickr user Dennis Yang)


A version of this post by Ernie Smith originally appeared in the Tedium newsletter, which tries in vain to make dull topics slightly more interesting. You can follow along on Twitter or Facebook.

History Class

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 11:59 PM PST

Why do you have to learn this? Because you're a kid, and you haven't yet learned enough the difference between history and prehistoric dinosaurs. While the past is not all defined the same way, you have to learn that most of it was extremely difficult compared to the age we live in. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.  

Wonder Riveter - Every Woman Has The Heart Of A Hero

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 09:59 PM PST


Wonder Riveter by JP Perez

Women aren't going to allow the patriarchy to treat them like second class citizens like they did back in those dark days of segregation and sexist subjugation, because today women have the power to take down those who would treat them like property. Today women can fight back against the forces of mysogyny and their voices will be heard, and with the forces of good fighting for equality and justice women now have the chance to stand up proud and become the heroes they were meant to be!

Empower and inspire people wherever you go with this Wonder Riveter t-shirt by JP Perez, it's a mighty cool way to show the world you're a proud feminist who fights for freedom and equality.

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I'm a Star Lord Zilly Bat Hero Surf Monster

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Ziggy the Good Dog

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 09:59 PM PST

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Ziggy loves going for a walk! The Staffordshire Bull Terrier helps his human Keren get everything he needs for walkies. That's a good dog. Ziggy Trixx does all kinds of tricks, and is also an accomplished skateboarder. You can follow him at Facebook.  -via Metafilter

Vintage Photos From The Golden Age MGM Cartoon Studio

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 07:59 PM PST

There are more animated shows and movies made today than ever before thanks to digital art and animation software, which speeds up the process and allows for a few people to do the work of a dozen.

But back in the pre-digital days cartoonmaking was a very hands on process, with gangs of animators doodling their way through reams of paper, painters painting cels and backgrounds, and zany noisemakers creating that iconic cartoon sound.

These fun vintage photos give us a behind-the-scenes look at how Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon studio made the animated series Tom & Jerry during its golden age, circa the mid-1940s.

The pics are from a chapter in the classic Gene Byrnes book The Complete Guide To Cartooning called "How Animated Cartoons Are Made", written by Executive Producer at MGM Fred Quimby.

It'll make you appreciate how much work went into those cat and mouse cartoons!

See full chapter on How Animated Cartoons Are Made here

-Via Cartoon Brew

Playing Music on Ice Instruments

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 05:59 PM PST

American ice sculptor Tim Linhart tells us about making musical instruments out of ice, which led to concerts, which led to a concert hall made of ice.  

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The musicians of Ice Music play in the Lapland town of Luleå, Sweden. They are preparing for the Ice Music Festival February 10 and 11. The concerts will be free, if you can get to Luleå in time.

Lonely Widower Posts Ad For A New Fishing Buddy On Classified Site

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 03:59 PM PST

The older you get the more you're forced to deal with loss- the loss of physical and mental prowess, loss of friends and loved ones, and the loss of interest in activities we once enjoyed.

But getting back to doing those things you used to enjoy can help you recover from a loss, and it might help you make new friends too.

Ray Johnstone of Lewiston South, Australia, used to be an avid fisherman, and after his wife and his best friend passed away the 75-year-old decided to hit the internet in search of a new fishing mate.

He posted his fishing friend request on Facebook first but got no responses, so he decided to post a request on the classified ad site Gumtree, with his friendship marked as "free":

Much to Ray's surprise his Gumtree ad went viral and hooked him a real life fishing mate from Brisbane, 22-year-old Mati Batsinilas, who treated Ray to an all expenses paid fishing trip off the Queensland coast.

-Via Good Housekeeping  and ABC

5 Ways the <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> Books Stretched the Truth

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 01:59 PM PST

If Laura Ingalls Wilder were alive today, she would be celebrating her 150th birthday. Late in life, she wrote down her recollections of a childhood spent in the frontier of the United States. She was advised that those tales would do better as a children's book. It did, and grew into a series of books. Fans of the Little House books who aren't serious students of Wilder's work might be surprised to find out how fictionalized those stories were.

From the moment the Ingalls family sets out in their wagon and leaves the Little House in the Big Woods, the Little House books show an unceasing push West. Real life and Manifest Destiny don’t always line up, though, and in fact the Ingalls family tracked back and forth several times before setting down in De Smet, South Dakota.

The Ingalls family’s first stop after Wisconsin was Independence, Kansas (with a possible stop in Missouri), where they built a “little house” on the open prairie. But the land was not theirs to settle: It was owned by the Osage people [PDF] and the Ingalls family, like thousands of other settlers, were squatters waiting for the Osage to be driven out so that the United States could take it over. It’s not entirely clear why the Ingalls family left, but instead of continuing west they went back to Wisconsin.

Next, they went west again, this time settling near Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Then, financial difficulties, illness, and a plague of locusts forced them to move on. They went to visit family elsewhere in Minnesota, but while there, Laura’s 10-month-old brother, Freddie, died after a sudden illness. Then they continued on to Burr Oak, Iowa, where they ran a hotel. The Ingallses then backtracked to Walnut Grove, where Mary lost her vision, then went west again and eventually settled in what is now South Dakota.

Nonetheless, Laura and her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, who heavily edited and helped develop the first books, decided that the fictional Ingallses should always move West. The result is a sense of wanderlust and movement that gives the series its structure.

Some of the changes were to make the books simpler or more child-friendly, while others made the family look more ethical and self-sufficient -and some were probably due to poor recollection. Of course, the TV series Little House on the Prairie threw accuracy out the window for the sake of drama. Read the rest of the list of Ways the Little House on the Prairie Books Stretched the Truth at mental_floss. 

Some Of The Weirdest And Hokiest Minor League Baseball Logos

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 11:59 AM PST

Minor League baseball teams don't have as much money as their Major League cousins, and they don't fill fancy stadiums built just for them like MLB teams either.

But the Minors try to even up the score with fun promotions, awesome between-inning contests, and by having the wackiest mascots and team names in baseball. 

Going to see the Ogden Raptors play ball sounds like an adventure, bringing jokes about naming the stadium Jurassic Park to mind.

But the raptor on their logo doesn't look like he can round the bases very fast or hit worth a damn- because his arms are all wonky and his feet are straight busted.

The Asheville Tourists, on the other hand, look and sound like a team you can get behind.

Thinking of baseball teams as tourists is a clever idea, and their logo is sweet like Cracker Jack popcorn!

The Daytona Cubs logo, on the other hand, is bad enough to get fans outta their seats and booing like crazy, because it looked outdated when it was created back in 93.

Lemme guess- the team's theme song is "I'm Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred? The bear says it all...

See Giving awards to 12 of the strangest, weirdest and most retro logos in recent Minor League history here

Runaway Stunt Bike

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 09:59 AM PST

Inertia can be your enemy. An object in motion tends to stay in motion, especially on ice. The owner of this bike had disabled the kill switch, but it is equipped with snow tires to use on frozen Lake Minnetonka. When he failed to mount the moving bike, it took off on its own for a little solo adventure!  

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See the Benny Hill version if you prefer. Giant Asparagus filmed this, on a stabilized camera while on foot. He's in really good shape to keep up with the bikes! Anyway, the NorthernWheelies video they were trying to get that day is here.  -via reddit

How to De-Politicize Your Facebook Feed

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 08:59 AM PST

Are you tired of seeing posts about Trump and congress in your Facebook feed every day? Do you miss seeing cat videos and videos of your friend's babies? Don't worry, you don't need to ditch the social network all together, just check out this CBS article. Aside from the obvious "hide posts" or "unfollow" options most people already know about, there are also a few add-ons available, most notably Remove All Politics from Facebook and Social Fixer. While not mentioned in the CBS article, there's also Make America Kittens Again which will turn all pictures associated with articles that have the name Trump in them show up as kittens -and everyone loves kittens.

Via Mental Floss

Pooh the Amputee Cat Gets Bionic Legs

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 07:59 AM PST

The cat named Pooh was brought in to a Bulgarian animal shelter with multiple injuries, including two missing legs. Locals thought he might have been the victim of a train, since he hung out near the tracks. Doctors at Central Veterinary thought he was a good candidate for some groundbreaking prosthetic technology. A machine translation from the Bulgarian page on Pooh explains his treatment.

The chance of Pooh is called ITAP prosthetics or placing implants that replace the missing part of a leg directly into the bone.

This is an innovative form of prosthetic limbs, a new medicine for human and animal described isolated cases in the literature.

The aim of the fitting is placing titanium stalk (stem) in bone paw and its subsequent attachment to the outer (exo) prosthesis.

The method has enormous advantages over standard external prostheses in animals that require daily maintenance by the owner to bear is difficult (in cats, even if at all) and often cause complications. With ITAP proteza, all these drawbacks are avoided.

Continued "implementation" of titanium implant in the body is a huge challenge, it happens during a slow process that lasts between 6 and 8 weeks.

Pooh is the first cat in Eastern Europe (and the second cat in all of Europe) to receive two bionic hind legs. According to the shelter's Facebook page, the cost of his surgery has been covered by donations, and he is up for adoption. Read Pooh's story and see plenty of pictures at KittenToob. Through the sequence of pictures, you can see the progress Pooh has made not only in adjusting to new legs, but in his overall health.

Watching Robots Stuck Doing Repetitive Tasks Can Be Stressful

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 06:59 AM PST

When robots are stuck performing repetitive tasks the part of our mind that anthropomorphizes objects starts to feel sorry for them, but bots don't know any better so your pity is wasted on them.

Still, it can be a bit stressful to watch helpless robots do mind-numbingly repetitive tasks typically done by humans, especially when you know the cycle won't end until their motors give out.

Vicious Cycle from Michael Marczewski on Vimeo.

This 3D animated short by Michael Marczewski makes you think about life, work, and whether it would be all that bad if robots did all those boring jobs for us, because they can be rebuilt.

-Via Sploid

80's HEROES - I Wanna Go Back In Time

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 05:59 AM PST


80's HEROES by Skullpy

Heroes have become mainstream and therefore loved by many more fans, but they've also become generic and boring, too simple to satisfy the tastes of those of us who grew up worshipping the heroes of the 80s. Transformer vehicles that turn into badass robots, a giant kaiju crushing mecha made of multi-colored jaguar units, a far out sheriff named who fights the alien forces of evil alongside his horse, two buff heroes who hold swords aloft and wield an unearthly power, and people in silver hawk suits soaring through the air. There was nothing generic about those heroes!

Celebrate the pop culture gods of your childhood with this 80's HEROES t-shirt by Skullpy, it's an eye popping way to show love for the decade that changed animation and the toy industry forever!

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I PIZZA YOU POWER BLASTS POKEROAD IT CAN'T RAIN ALL THE TIME

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Tet: The Vietnamese New Year

Posted: 07 Feb 2017 05:59 AM PST

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell are exploring the world by living in a new place for 91 days at a time. They are now in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (which the residents still call Saigon) just in time for the New Year celebrations!   

One of the main arteries for Tet festivities in Saigon is along the broad avenue of Nguyên Huệ. The road is shut off to traffic, and the center of the boulevard filled with flower sculptures and monuments. We visited on the actual day of the New Year (Jan 28th) and were immediately swept up in the street’s celebratory buzz. In the evening, thousands of people were crammed onto the street, and everyone seemed to be having fun.

It’s interesting to be introduced to a culture during its biggest holiday. Parties, music, traditions and fun? You couldn’t ask for a better first impression.

See a slew of pictures (and a couple of videos) of the celebration, and read about some Tet traditions at Saigon For 91 Days.

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