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A QA Engineer walks into a B͏̴͡͡Ą̛Ŗ̴

The Big List of Naughty Strings is a Github repository containing a long list of hypothetical user inputs that can potentially wreck havoc on a computer program, including SQL Injection, malformed and evil HTML, stupid Unicode gimmicks, or innocuous phrases that look like profanity.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:15 AM on August 21, 2015 (27 comments)

StarWarsStarWarsStarWars StarWarsStarWarsStarWars

All 6 Star Wars films at once. Has an amazing art-house-like quality. More watchable than the prequels.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:17 PM on June 18, 2015 (34 comments)

Mixed Traffic

Originally proposed to American audiences in a 2011 video, Dutch-style Protected Intersections have recently gained traction in the US as an effective means to protect cyclists and pedestrians in busy intersections. Four such intersections are under construction in the US; a similar intersection opened in Canada last year; and more are certain to follow, as protected bike lanes become commonplace in American cities.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 3:26 PM on June 4, 2015 (52 comments)

She really is a basic queen, Miss Belle...

Three years after Beauty and the Beat, Todrick Hall takes Belle to the gayborhood, where she runs into RuPaul, Lance Bass, Frankie Grande, and many others.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 9:38 PM on May 7, 2015 (7 comments)

Too Many Crooks

Amid a historically crowded pool of candidates exploring bids in the 2016 presidential elections, one might say that there are..... Too Many Cooks.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 6:30 AM on March 20, 2015 (41 comments)

I have no idea how these people got their cats wedged into their boedgas

Last Week, Buzzfeed posted "110 Reasons Why You Should Never Leave New York City," which is somehow even more vapid than you'd expect it to be. Today, Brooklyn Magazine reviewed the list, and offered some feedback.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 2:13 PM on October 20, 2014 (135 comments)

"A term that is somehow both loaded and meaningless."

The Washington City Paper has shared its delightfully-snarky extension of the AP Style Guide, detailing how the paper would like its writers to cover topics relating to the District of Columbia. For starters, don't follow the paper's eponymous mistake, and call it Washington.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 1:40 PM on October 11, 2014 (22 comments)

Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. Especially on the Radio.

The BBC has announced that it will be producing a radio dramatization of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's book, Good Omens. The radio drama will be broadcast as six episodes in December on BBC Radio 4, and will feature Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz in the lead roles.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 12:23 AM on September 7, 2014 (39 comments)

"Fun" was too mainstream.

Chase Holfelder covers Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Want to Have Fun in a minor key.
(previously, previouslier, previousliest)
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 1:10 PM on September 2, 2014 (38 comments)

Pants just don't 'get' us.

NYT Minus Context (SLTwitter) -- Does exactly what it says on the tin.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:43 PM on June 24, 2014 (6 comments)

For great justice

Tesla Motors announced today that the company will no longer defend its patent portfolio, on the heels of an earlier announcement that the company would open up the designs and specifications for its "supercharger" system.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 10:50 AM on June 12, 2014 (80 comments)

Remedial Dungeons & Dragons

Tired of grinding your way through overly-complicated RPGs? Looking for a game where user input is kept to an absolute minimum? If so, One Tap Quest is the game for you.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 9:50 AM on June 3, 2014 (90 comments)

GI Tufte

Military infographics are completely insane -- An analysis of some of the baffling infographics that the US military have made public on the web for some reason.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 5:37 AM on May 15, 2014 (59 comments)


Two of these Java class names from the Spring framework are made up. One of them is real. Can you guess the real one?
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 9:51 AM on April 18, 2014 (60 comments)

The "Community" Weblog

Classic Book Titles with Sarcastic Quotation Marks [SLListicle]
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:12 AM on April 3, 2014 (161 comments)


Do you want to listen to a 2-hour DJ mix by Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich (of Radiohead and Atoms for Peace)? Of course you do.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 4:56 PM on February 1, 2014 (17 comments)

Music's got me feeling so free

Reverse-Engineering Daft Punk's 'One More Time' [SLYT]
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 6:50 PM on January 3, 2014 (29 comments)

I’ve Created a Muenster

The Bob's Burgers Experiment is a blog that documents one guy's ongoing attempt to devise recipes for and cook every pun-laden Burger of the Day featured on the show.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:05 PM on December 3, 2013 (55 comments)

A sine of the times

The Movie Math Quiz: Can you figure out which movies are being described by these mathematical equations?
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 5:04 AM on September 10, 2013 (13 comments)

We fired the band.

Isolatedvocals is a SoundCloud user that posts iso'd vocal tracks from a variety of pop songs. The tracks range from Outkast's mind-bendingly impressive vocal track on B.O.B., to the unhinged-sounding vocal track on the Pixies' Debaser. Somewhere in the middle, the user has also posted vocal tracks from Come out and Play by The Offspring, No Rain by Blind Melon, Say It Ain't So by Weezer, among others (and even more over on Reddit).
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 3:29 PM on August 20, 2013 (66 comments)

People will move mountains to earn a gold star by their name.

Reflecting upon 14 years of blogging and observing internet communities, Anil Dash proposes 10 Rules of the Internet, based upon the lessons that he learned during that time. (via ★interesting; anildash previously on Metafilter)
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 1:42 PM on July 18, 2013 (96 comments)

Big Bad Bag Boys

Last month, New York PBS affiliate WNET launched a subway ad campaign that promoted several fake but totally plausible reality shows, to poke fun at the state of Cable TV. To follow up on the successful campaign, yesterday, the network released 3 TV spots with a similar theme. (Kinda previously...)
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 6:24 AM on July 16, 2013 (57 comments)

There was applause, but it wasn't for the airline.

Several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra were on a flight from Bejing to Macao that got stuck on the tarmac for three hours. With nothing better to do, the musicians resorted to doing what they do best...
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 1:29 PM on June 7, 2013 (44 comments)

What's cooler than [1965 avg. CEO pay]? The [box office sales of Jaws].

Tumblr's $1.1 Billion price-tag instinctively seems very high to most of us, but without context, numbers this huge are often literally unfathomable to the masses. To help readers gain perspective on the huge numbers commonly tossed around by the media, researcher Glen Chiacchieri has created Dictionary of Numbers, a Google Chrome extension that automatically adds context to huge numbers printed in the web pages that you read.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:57 AM on May 20, 2013 (51 comments)

Rollin' & Scratchin'

Here's a video of a cockatoo dancing to Daft Punk. Bird's got moves.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:31 AM on May 7, 2013 (6 comments)

Metropolitan-Statistical Madness

Which of these two cities is bigger? The Census bureau has a quiz to see how well you know the relative sizes of the 64 largest metropolitan areas in the US, March Madness style.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 9:09 AM on April 3, 2013 (76 comments)

It scoresbetter on the Turing test than most of my actual IM contacts...

Can't get enough of the thrill of talking to an inattentive friend via instant message? Awkward Chatbot will have a halfhearted conversation with you at any time of the day!
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 11:50 AM on March 20, 2013 (33 comments)

iTunes in my Butt

cloud-to-butt is an open-source extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari that replaces all instances of "the cloud" with "my butt." Hilarity ensues. (via
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:06 AM on March 13, 2013 (67 comments)


Yesterday, the Nielsen Company released a report showing that same-sex partnered households in America shop about 16% more than the average US household. Broken down into categories, Nielsen observes that gay couples drink a ton, while lesbian couples eat an awful lot of cottage cheese.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:39 AM on January 31, 2013 (63 comments)

Hell Froze Over

It's cold in Chicago right now. How cold? Water will freeze to the sides of a burning building.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 9:20 AM on January 23, 2013 (121 comments)

Shinier, happier people.

Major scaled is a Vimeo user who digitally transposes sad songs into a major key. Here's their cheerful rendition of REM's Losing My Religion.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:30 AM on January 17, 2013 (110 comments)

Seatbelts, Everyone!

The Magic School Bus: The Movie [SLYT]
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 2:58 PM on November 10, 2012 (51 comments)

Blue Liquid

Last week, a male Facebook user wrote to Bodyform (a manufacturer of feminine hygiene products) to complain that its advertisements were not consistent with the realities of menstruation. Quickly thereafter, his post went viral, and today, the company responded.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 11:51 AM on October 16, 2012 (109 comments)

Transit Triathlon

If you've spent any time in Washington, DC during the past few years, you're probably familiar with Capital Bikeshare; the region's immensely popular bikesharing program. The system's big red bikes are designed for casual use, and are built like tanks to avoid damage, vandalism, and theft. This past weekend, one Falls Church, VA resident undocked one of the 40lb bikes, and rode it to the finish line of the Nations' Triathlon.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 3:19 PM on September 11, 2012 (34 comments)

We're back… the incredibly posh people who are still unaccountably waiters!

Eater DC's monthly interview series, 'The Gatekeepers' talks to the hosts and hostesses at some of the city's most prestigious restaurants, discussing hard-hitting topics such as securing lucrative reservations, choosing the best table, and the favorite dishes of the famous dignitaries that pass through Washington. Their most recent interview, however, went a bit differently, perhaps revealing a bit more than intended about the world of fine dining -- a world where bribes are de rigeur, black customers are not seated next to each other, and well-dressed patrons are given preferential service. Though few in the industry will admit to it, bribing the host appears to be the fastest way to get a table (unless you're a tourist, or the Maitre d' happens to be the CEO of Groupon). HuffPo and the City Paper react.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 10:25 AM on July 23, 2012 (53 comments)

Does the FancyFeast SuperPAC have undue influence in Talkeetna's politics?

Not The Onion: Cat Mayor celebrates 15th Year in Office. Stubbs (C-AK) is not the first or only non-human elected mayor of an American town; two dogs and a goat have shared the same honor.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 1:23 PM on July 19, 2012 (33 comments)

Let's hope the Olympic Village was deisgned with adequate closet space...

The Advocate has compiled a list of all of the openly LGBT athletes who will be competing in the 2012 Olympics. Considering that 10,500 competitors will be traveling to London this summer, it's a very short list. (Warning: gratuitous pagination)
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 12:45 PM on July 16, 2012 (32 comments)

Misconception #247: It's actually called Bidencare.

What's Obamacare? A studious Reddit user has read the mammoth 955-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and outlined the important points of what the new law actually does, with specific citations. While the recently-upheld law itself remains unpopular, most individual components of the bill enjoy widespread popularity among republican politicians and the public, despite the fact that both groups remain largely unaware of the bill's actual provisions.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:09 AM on July 2, 2012 (82 comments)

The Argument Clinic

Would you like to get an anonymous phone call from a stranger who is diametrically opposed to your own political views? Sure, we all do. Now, Political Screaming Match Dot Com is here to help, and can solve this age-old problem in 15 minutes or less.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 10:35 AM on June 29, 2012 (57 comments)

You can do anything with on{X}. Anything at all.

on{X} is an automation framework that allows you to program and customize various aspects of your Android Smartphone using JavaScript. The developers at Microsoft have also provided a set of customizable pre-baked recipes for the JavaScriptially-challenged.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 10:26 AM on June 22, 2012 (25 comments)

Blue Sparkling Wave Pine Sol

While filming a commercial, the Pine Sol spokeswoman decided to abruptly greet some of the product testers. [SLYT]
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 6:45 AM on June 6, 2012 (52 comments)

This is crazy

Ben Howard performing a cover of Call me Maybe by Carly Rae Jespen on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 1:40 PM on May 17, 2012 (23 comments)

Shake & Fold

Here's a 4-minute TEDx talk that demonstrates the correct method for drying your hands with a single paper towel.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:20 AM on May 14, 2012 (63 comments)


Undoubtedly, at some point in your life, a recipe has told you to brown or caramelize some onions for 5-10 minutes. As many frustrated cooks have found through experience, this step of the recipe is a damned lie. In fact, the now-ubiquitous suggestion of 5-10 minutes isn't even a remote approximation of the amount of time it takes to brown an onion; Alton Brown and Julia Child weigh in on the matter, suggesting that the task can take anywhere from 45 minute to an hour.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:51 AM on May 7, 2012 (202 comments)

Kitty, Kitty!

Lion tries to eat baby human dressed like a zebra, is foiled by lion-proof glass.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 3:17 PM on May 3, 2012 (227 comments)

Dynamic Range

Former Broadway actress Carrie Manolakos performs a cover of Radiohead's 'Creep', and hits all the notes.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 10:23 AM on April 20, 2012 (77 comments)

It's rude to blurb in public

Adam Mansbach (previously) will write a blurb of your novel. For a price....
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 2:21 PM on April 18, 2012 (23 comments)

Telnet Times Ten Thousand

If you've ever worked with the command prompt on a Unix-based computer, you're likely familiar with SSH (Secure SHell), which is a program and a protocol that allows you (yes, you!) to securely access a remote system. While SSH has certainly earned the "Secure" portion of its namesake over the years, it's functionality as a shell has ironically received very little attention, and has begun to show signs of age and obsolescence: SSH doesn't work very well on mobile connections, and its support for Unicode is buggy and incomplete. A group of MIT researchers think they've found solutions to these problems, and have created Mosh as a potential successor to SSH, which fixes many of the old protocol's annoyances and shortcomings, while retaining all of SSH's security features.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:16 AM on April 12, 2012 (77 comments)

Power to the Peeple

The results of the 2012 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest are in. The winner: Occupeep DC. Runners up: Peepius Maximus, What People Think Peeps Are (based on the popular meme), The Black Peep (based off of DC's Black Cat music venue), and Just Peeped (based off of the 2011 British Royal Wedding). In addition to the finalists, check out Peeps in Washington, Political Peeps, the full gallery of submissions that the Post received this year, and the winners from 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007. (Peepiously, peepiouslier, peepiousliest)
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 8:03 AM on March 29, 2012 (19 comments)

Phablet Blue

An elephant uses a Galaxy Note, proving that not everybody looks ridiculous while using a phablet.
posted to MetaFilter by schmod at 7:26 AM on March 28, 2012 (60 comments)

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