Tuesday, August 15th
Through the late 19th century and mid-20th century, many of today’s illicit drugs of abuse were available legally in the United States. Products containing cocaine, heroin, or amphetamine were readily available for over-the-counter purchase – no prescription required. We collected 10 vintage advertisements for some of the period’s most popular pharmaceuticals and updated their outlandish claims with current medical knowledge to show the seismic shift the industry has undergone over the past century.
Tuesday, Aug 15th 2017 (12:00am)
Monday, August 14th
When she was just a 23-year-old grad student, Linda Koebner opened the cages of two chimps, named Doll and Swing. Freed from a laboratory, Linda was present when the two apes saw daylight for the first time in their lives. Linda helped to get them back to a normal life in the outdoors, which wasn’t immediately easy for two poor creatures who had spent the first six years of their lives completely stuck in cramped metal prisons.
She worked with Doll and Swing for four years. When they were ready, Linda had to move on. The apes were released into a natural habitat and Linda wouldn’t return for 18 years. She was sure that the two would have forgotten all about her by then.
But, when she paid them a visit, Doll and Swing immediately recognized their surrogate mom and the response is simply beyond words. From the moment Swing takes her hand, to the very end of the video, it’s one of the most heartwarming moments we’ve ever seen. It really goes to show – apes or humans, we’re all much closer to each other than we realize.
Watch this touching clip.
Monday, Aug 14th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Nan
It begins with the swell of an orchestra, the crack of lightning, and dramatic chiaroscuro struck across the stone of a cliffside. Chuck Jones, the wildly respected director of "What's Opera, Doc?" and the majordomo of American animation, didn't get his reputation for skimping on his work, and a full six decades later, this 1957 cartoon classic still sports his trademark directorial flair.
Sunday, August 13th
Saturday, August 12th
Back in the days of Cold War espionage, foreign intelligence agencies used to communicate with agents on the field via shortwave radio. Radio transmitters placed at secret locations around the world would broadcast coded messages usually in the form of an automated voice reciting a string of numbers or letters. The message often began with a melody, or a set of beeps, or a buzz, followed by the actual coded message read aloud by a voice. Anyone with a radio receiver tuned into that frequency could hear it, but only the intended recipient with proper decoding instructions could decipher the message. For the rest of the listeners, they were just a string of random numbers. Ham radio operators, who frequently stumbled upon these secretive transmissions, called them “number stations”.
Saturday, Aug 12th 2017 (5:54am)
Friday, August 11th
Tourists on a luxury cruise were suddenly subject to a dusk-till-dawn blackout by the captain and ordered to go without the standard entertainment and trappings for ten days because of a "pirate threat". The 1,900 passengers aboard the Sea Princess, who had paid more than £30,000 for a 104-day world cruise departing from Sydney, were apparently stunned to learn that all curtains must be drawn and shutters closed as the vessel was turned into a "ghost ship".
Friday, Aug 11th 2017 (12:00am)
A bear broke into an SUV and took it for a joyride in Colorado - before crashing it, trashing the interior and pooping inside, according to new reports. "It would have taken a human being hours to do what this bear did in a couple minutes," said Ron Cornelius, who found the car after the animal mowed down his mailbox.
Friday, Aug 11th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: rabbs
You love cotton candy. No, no really love cotton candy. You cannot wait until the carnival comes to town. You're just jonesing for some cotton candy.
Make your own. Simple home construction videos.
Basic: Cardboard box, jar lid, soda can, wooden dowel, and some tools.
Add a power drill: You can skip after seeing the first 15 seconds.
Repurposing a blender: More power tools.
And your own DIY job: This seems the most polished of the bunch.
Thursday, August 10th
Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five years ago this month about five degrees south of Mars' equator. Clouds moving in the Martian sky have been observed previously by Curiosity and other missions on the surface of Mars, including NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander in the Martian arctic nine years ago.
Thursday, Aug 10th 2017 (3:36am)
Jell-O or gelatin salads were often called congealed salads at Southern tables and were fixtures at big Sunday suppers. Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins, an eighth-generation Georgian, recalls their importance during his own childhood. Hopkins created a modern version of his childhood salad using Coca-Cola as a sweetener along with fresh mayonnaise, pickled horseradish and Vidalia onions.
Thursday, Aug 10th 2017 (12:01am) | Thanks: birdy
In 1963, a sixteen-year-old San Diego high school student named Bruce McAllister sent a four-question mimeographed survey to 150 well-known authors of literary, commercial, and science fiction. Did they consciously plant symbols in their work? he asked. Seventy-five writers replied - most of them, in earnest.
Thursday, Aug 10th 2017 (12:01am)
Wednesday, August 9th
Wednesday, Aug 9th 2017 (2:47am)
As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.
Some have been on the job for over forty years.
Wednesday, Aug 9th 2017 (12:00am)
Tuesday, August 8th
Glen Travis Campbell brought country music to new audiences. He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included several smash hits. He announced he was suffering with Alzheimer's disease in 2011.
Glen Travis Campbell brought country music to new audiences. He found success as a session musician before embarking on a solo career that included smashes "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston," "Wichita Lineman" and "Rhinestone Cowboy" and that landed him in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On Tuesday, his family released the following statement: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease."
The title of this entry refers to this song. While not a top performer in the charts, it fits.
Tuesday, Aug 8th 2017 (3:50pm)
Before CGI came along and allowed for Godzilla to be brought to the screen in recent films like Gareth Edwards' Godzilla and Toho's Shin Godzilla, actors in costumes were tasked with bringing the massive monster to life. And nobody is more synonymous with the iconic character than Haruo Nakajima, an icon in his own right. Today we're very sad to report that Nakajima has passed away at 88. The Japanese actor played Godzilla for 12 consecutive films, beginning with the original Godzilla in 1954.
Tuesday, Aug 8th 2017 (8:06am)
We're not sure the first time he called. Nor are we sure who first answered the bar's wall-mounted pay phone that day and heard his voice. It could've been a customer seated at the window table beside the phone; could've been the front-room waiter, hustling to reach the receiver and shout "McSorley's!" to whomever was on the other end of the line. We're pretty sure that the call would have come on a Sunday, because once we recognized the pattern, it seemed that he always rang at the end of the weekend. We're positive what he said, because it's been the same opening line now, week after week, for about twenty years: "Your enema is ready."
Monday, August 7th
Donald Edward Baylor was an American professional baseball player and manager. During his 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, Baylor was a power hitter known for crowding the plate, and was a first baseman, left fielder, and designated hitter.
Baylor held several records for being HBP.
Baylor died August 7, 2071.
Monday, Aug 7th 2017 (4:18pm)
As 2016 gave way to 2017, a turkey moved into the left turn lane of a major intersection in my hometown. Some say he arrived in January of this year; others are sure he was around in late 2016. But regardless, once he was there, he was there to stay. The turkey’s constant presence in this busy spot made him a local celebrity, and the unlikely, or perhaps inevitable, epicenter of a community in which humanity’s best and worst instincts played out.
First, we have the strange situation of a fish that enjoys being petted by his owner.
And now, we get to see the antics of an elephant and a goose annoying the Hell out of each other. Personally, I don't blame the elephant. I especially hate Canada geese.
Monday, Aug 7th 2017 (12:00am)
Sunday, August 6th
There is an interesting case out of Michigan where the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a man can be charged with driving while intoxicated on his own private driveway. The case against Gino Rea of Northville was reinstated in this decision after the court found that the law encompasses any area accessible to motor vehicles, even if it is on private property.
Rea was arrested after a police officer responded to a noise complaint in 2014 and saw Rea start to back his car down the driveway. Rea however saw the police car and pulled back into his garage. Later police determined that his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit.
Sunday, Aug 6th 2017 (12:01am)
Saturday, August 5th
Friday, August 4th
Are you a vampire?
Nothing! Player's off!
Incredibles, The (2004)
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