So there you are, having sex, on top of a guy, and you’re probably naked, and that’s, you know, that’s great. But now you’re wondering how to move around up there. Well, this one time I had sex once, and I was on top. I would get tired and fall across the body of the woman I was plowing love into. I got a cramp and, trying to get off, dug my elbows into her rib cage, which made her scream in pain. I thought that was an orgasm, so then I orgasmed, and then it was over. I blew it big time there. Just don’t do that. [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 7:50 PM - 12 comments
Perhaps you've seen a shorter version of Heineken's commercial "The Odyssey"
on television. If you haven't seen the full-length piece, or if you haven't watched closely, you may not realize that the lead role is played by 20 different men, each "legendary" in his own way
. Heineken has created an interactive version of the short advertising film
, allowing you to click on each non-actor to see his casting interview. (Or you can just let it play and watch each man in his turn.) [total time ~48m] [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 6:51 PM - 13 comments
You've heard of dog and horse shows, but are you familiar with rabbit shows? Rabbit Fever
is a coming-of-age story that follows six competitors as they strive to win the top title at the National American Rabbit Convention - an event that draws more than 20,000 rabbits in one building, the largest mass of rabbits in the world. While adult members of the rabbit habit compete for BEST IN SHOW, the teenage enthusiasts quest for an even more coveted honor in the rabbit community - Rabbit King and Queen!
posted by Room 641-A at 6:18 PM - 10 comments
It is the mid 80's. You are a superfan of old fashioned southern style wrasslin. You are a loyal viewer of NWA World Champtionship Wrestling
on TBS Superstation to the point where you curse the Braves for interrupting your treasured NWA stars
on the mat. You HATE WWF, with all its glitter and glamour and Hollywood aspirations
. That hatred is personified in Vince McMahon Jr.
, a smarmy troll of a man who is pushing his WWF promotion ever eastward, westward, and worldwide. Imagine your horror when you turn on your television and tune to TBS on Saturday, July 14th and see this
. [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 4:15 PM - 15 comments
Photographer Tadas Černiauskas and his leaf blower.
Last week, visitors to the TADAO CERN studio were invited to participate in a crazy photo shoot where the Lithuanian photographer aimed a powerful leaf blower at their faces creating some incredibly funny facial expressions.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 4:10 PM - 23 comments
The Kowloon Walled City was once the most densely populated place on earth, a teeming hive of interlinking high-rises that few dared to enter but 33,000 people called home.
Meet the people
. Get lost exploring the alleyways
. Learn the history.
posted by pravit at 3:45 PM - 12 comments
in the empty cities of World of Warcraft.
posted by Chrysostom at 1:19 PM - 19 comments
of the "group" that became Stars on 45, and the sound
of that story.
posted by saintjoe at 1:16 PM - 18 comments
Identify mystery text, win $1000
. "The collection of Homer editions in the Special Collections Research Center – the Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana(BHL) – includes a copy of the rare 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey that contains, in Book 11 (narrating Odysseus’s journey into Hades) handwritten annotations in a strange and as-yet unidentified script. This marginalia appears only in the pages of Book 11 of the Odyssey; nowhere else in the volume. Although the donor of the BHL is suspicious that this odd script is a form of 19th-century shorthand (likely French), he acknowledges that this hypothesis remains unsupported by any evidence offered to date." And he's willing to pay for that evidence.
posted by korej at 12:40 PM - 24 comments
The American Museum of Natural History will unlock thousands of old photos from their vault, they announced this week. The new online image database (officially launching on Monday the 28th) will take you behind the curtain, delivering images that span the 145-year history of the Museum. The collection features over 7,000 images—many never before seen by the public—and includes photos, rare book illustrations, drawings, notes, letters, art, and Museum memorabilia. They say "it’s like stepping into a time machine and seeing a long ago NYC or just catching glimpses of ghosts from a forgotten world now seen only by researchers and Museum staff." Previously
. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye at 12:37 PM - 4 comments
Researchers have discovered a shape previously unknown
...to everyone except every single grade 4 kid who has played with rubber bands.
posted by odinsdream at 11:58 AM - 37 comments
"For good or ill, the public has been taught to believe that academics are held to a more rigorous standard even than journalists—the assumption being that a scholarly book is grilled within an inch of its life, with all potential inaccuracies headed off by the peer review process. That it may not always be the case is the most interesting, not to say alarming, aspect of the case of Ledgers of History
: How many academic books are prepared and marketed with little attempt to corroborate their contents? And how easily might the claims of such an unsubstantiated book become accepted as 'fact'—and as 'history'?"
posted by enn at 11:49 AM - 14 comments
"seeing yourself as physically attractive leads you to believe you belong in a higher social class,"
according to a recent study by Peter Belmi and Margaret Neale
of Stanford Graduate School of Business. Through a series of five studies
, they found that "self-perceived attractiveness shaped people's social class perceptions, which in turn, influenced how people responded to inequality and social hierarchies." For example, higher self-perceived attractiveness "reduced donations to a movement advocating for social equality," while lower self-perceived attractiveness led to "greater rejection of inequality and social hierarchies."
posted by needled at 9:58 AM - 37 comments
"Hygge" is a Danish word often associated with being cozy in winter, with candles, family and friends
, but even if Christmas is the high hygge season, there is hygge in warmer months, too
. Pronounced "hoo-gah" or "hYOOguh"
or something like that, it may be as hard for non-Danes to pronounce as it is to define, but one thing is for sure: money can't buy you hygge
(an academic article on Danish middle-class consumption, egalitarianism, and the sanctity of inner space, by Jeppe Trolle Linnet
posted by filthy light thief at 9:51 AM - 17 comments
"Of course women can have it all. Nor is the question should
women have it all. The question is, must
women have it all." The AV Club on Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope, feminism, and a problematic sitcom trend
. (Contains major spoilers for this season.) [more inside]
posted by changeling at 9:51 AM - 75 comments
Up Close on Baseball's Borders
is a detailed, zoomable interactive map which uses data from Facebook to present the team preferences of baseball fandom in the United States. Around the end of March, Facebook had released a map using the same data which despite being touted as most accurate
ever, had significant problems. The most notable of these issues was a colorshift introduced as the main graphic went viral, rendering the map illegible. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 8:21 AM - 156 comments
Ken Tanaka and David Ury’s ‘Everybody Dies’
. A book about death.
posted by josher71 at 6:27 AM - 18 comments
The 1998 hit "The Way" by Fastball
was based on the real-life disappearance of an elderly couple in Texas
: The song’s lyrics -- about an elderly couple who disappears from their home, finding immortality on the road -- seem sweet. That is, until "shadows" on the highway are referenced. The promises that the unnamed couple will never go home, grow old, or be hungry again seem a great deal less reassuring. Perhaps, the listener thinks, the "immortality" they found on the open road is purely allegorical.
posted by Cash4Lead at 6:08 AM - 30 comments
Defiant rancher and conservative hero Clive Bundy said in a NYTimes interview,
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro”. You'll totally believe what happens next. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 5:49 AM - 237 comments
The New York City Rescue Mission set up a social experiment with a hidden camera to see if people would notice their loved ones posing as homeless people
as they walked past. [more inside]
posted by gman at 5:04 AM - 25 comments
The Federal Communications Commission has announced
that they would propose new rules allowing content providers to pay ISPs for priority "fast lanes," reversing their earlier position and effectively rejecting the principle of net neutrality
held since the earliest days of the internet. The full set of proposed rules will be announced on May 15. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 3:38 AM - 123 comments
Can you ever be reasonably sure that something is random, in the same sense you can be reasonably sure something is not random (for example, because it consists of endless nines
)? Even if a sequence looked random, how could you ever rule out the possibility that it had a hidden deterministic pattern? And what exactly do we mean by “random,” anyway
posted by empath at 12:22 AM - 46 comments
The Root's ?uestlove on the invisibilizing of Black culture...
"...you can point to this as proof of hip-hop’s success. The concept travels. But where has it traveled? The danger is that it has drifted into oblivion. The music originally evolved to paint portraits of real people and handle real problems at close range — social contract, anyone? — but these days, hip-hop mainly rearranges symbolic freight on the black starliner. Containers on the container ship are taken from here to there — and never mind the fact that they may be empty containers. Keep on pushin’ and all that, but what are you pushing against?" [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata at 9:31 PM - 21 comments
"These people want to believe
in a false reality, they want to believe in conspiracy theories, they want to believe that their government is evil, they want to believe that the biblical Anti-Christ sits in the White House and that the so-called End Times are upon us, they want to believe that the President is plotting their demise because that justifies their hatred and bigotry and their miserable unhappiness."
, retired naval officer, occasional military intelligence consultant, craftsman and blogger
, illustrates the process by which the media exploits lazy critical thinking to create a false narrative that alienates us from one another
posted by Lou Stuells at 7:24 PM - 48 comments
As part of its effort to combat insurgent forces interspersed within an indigenous population, the use of biometrics has become a central component of the U.S. war effort. Having expanded heavily since its introduction during the war in Iraq, biometric identification and tracking of individuals has become a core mission in Afghanistan with initiatives sponsored by the U.S. and Afghan governments seeking to obtain the biometric identifiers of nearly everyone in the country. [more inside]
posted by gorbweaver at 7:09 PM - 4 comments
Inside, please find a list of twenty-eight movies, TV episodes, and short subjects by Errol Morris
and two movies about Errol Morris, all of which can be streamed, along with some short descriptions of their content. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine at 6:32 PM - 24 comments
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has landed the cover
of People's annual World's Most Beautiful issue. In February, she gave a moving speech
) about how media depictions of "beauty" affected her. Why Lupita Nyong'o's 'People' Cover Is So Significant
posted by lalex at 6:26 PM - 26 comments
UC OKs paying surgeon $10 million in whistleblower-retaliation case.
'The settlement ends a case brought by the ex-head of UCLA's orthopedic surgery department, who says the medical school allowed doctors to take industry payments that may have compromised patient care.' 'In 2012, the surgeon sued UCLA, the UC regents, fellow surgeons and senior university officials, alleging they failed to act on his complaints about widespread conflicts of interest and later retaliated against him for speaking up.'[SL LATimes, use privacy settings in browser] [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 4:35 PM - 14 comments
"We’ve run off at the mouth, said things we shouldn’t have said. We’ve run around like a peacock all over the platform. We have said things because we were playing to the home team, and they all liked our act. On this issue, nobody likes our act, except the redneck factor." That was Pastor Greg Belser
speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention's first ever conference on human sexuality
currently being held in Nashville. As promising as those remarks are, however, Slate notes that the SBC still has a long way to go
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:23 PM - 19 comments
: Reprints of the Early and Very Rare Jest-Books
Supposed to Have Been Used by Shakespeare
posted by Iridic at 1:10 PM - 16 comments
Published in 1910, William T. Cox's Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, With a Few Desert and Mountain Beasts
is one of the earliest written accounts describing fabulous beasts of lumberjack lore, together called "fearsome critters." Read of tales of the peculiar wapaloosie
, the spiky, hairless hodag
that swallows trees whole, and the bizarrely violent splinter cat
, which smashes trees with its head until it finds food. When you've been there a spell, take a gander through Paul Bunyan's Natural History
, in which the goofang
fish swims backwards to keep water out of its eyes and the teakettler
walks backwards, nostrils steaming. For more harrowing yarns on yesterday's monsters, thumb through Henry Tryon's Fearsome Critters
, which closes with a tantalizing snipet about an eternally elusive bird
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:14 PM - 26 comments
Something strange is happening at farms in upstate New York. The cows are milking themselves. Rise of the Milkbots.
posted by cashman at 11:39 AM - 78 comments
: Tim Kreider's influential 1999 essay (previously
) on how Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut
uses sex and infidelity to cover up a story of greed and murder by the elite gets a brand new afterward by the author to introduce a new site for his non-fiction writing, TimKreider.com
posted by The Whelk at 10:47 AM - 48 comments
VHS Cover Junkie
showcases examples of the now lost art of the home videotape cover. [SLTumbr]
posted by Chrysostom at 10:42 AM - 47 comments
The Truman Show
, a critically
movie from 1998, is set to become a TV series
. [h/t to mwhybark, ahere.]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 10:28 AM - 51 comments
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