March 20

The Best Damn Thing In Each State

The absolute best thing about each of the 50 states. Yes, it's Thrillist clickbait. But at least it's on one page, and relatively snark-free (sorry Florida).
posted by Etrigan at 8:58 AM - 108 comments

Trigger Warning

Theresa May to trigger Article 50 on 29th March: “Theresa May will trigger article 50...the prime minister’s spokesman has confirmed.” [more inside]
posted by pharm at 7:54 AM - 143 comments


It may be a F.U.W., but this video by Jussie Smollett nails it in many, many ways. (SLYT)
posted by HuronBob at 4:29 AM - 8 comments

March 19

An intellectual disguised as a barroom primitive

Jimmy Breslin, Pulitzer-winning New York City newspaper columnist, dies at 88. [more inside]
posted by not_the_water at 11:09 PM - 31 comments

Your Favorite Fictional Band or Fictional Athlete Sucks!

     Who's in the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame? The Hanson Brothers sure as %!*& are, and so is Harry Doyle. But what about Amanda Whurlitzer? and Dukes? Maybe not yet, but you can vote for them!
     Same with the Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Spinal Tap, The Monkees, and the Blues Brothers were shoo-ins for the inaugrural year – but Wyld Stallyns, The Rutles, The Banana Splits and The Richie Cunningham Experience are waiting for you to seal their place in fake rock-n-roll history!
posted by not_on_display at 10:24 PM - 51 comments

Welcome to the Grosh

User "Mazdeuce" on the Grassroot Motorsports forums bought a house near Houston with his wife thirteen years ago, and it included a somewhat collapsing detached garage. Being a stay-at-home dad, the time finally came that he tackled the menace in 2013. [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 7:32 PM - 43 comments

Myron Rolle Will Open Your Mind

What happens when a player chooses academics over immediate NFL success? (Mefi previously) In the case of Myron Rolle, dreams come true- after four years of medical school, he learned Friday he had been matched for his long-dreamed of residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:52 PM - 6 comments

3,6-dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid

There's something in the air in the Missouri bootheel, and it's the auxinic herbicide dicamba. Dicamba has been around since the 1940s, but it's increasingly in the news thanks to Xtend, Monsanto's "crop system" comprising (a) genetically-modified dicamba- (and glyphosate-) resistant broadleaf crops and (b) a dicamba formulation resistant to drifting away on the wind. With the EPA only approving the reduced-volatility dicamba last November, farmers who planted the already-approved Xtend crops sprayed existing (volatile) dicamba formulations anyway last year, harming adjacent non-resistant plants. In the aftermath, Missouri's largest peach farm is suing Monsanto for millions, and a dicamba drift dispute seems to have driven one farmer to murder. [more inside]
posted by tss at 4:28 PM - 16 comments

Rebellion has its roots in government's indifference and incompetence.

The Big Deal this week is Neil Gorsuch's nomination hearings. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has trouble understanding why its revised immigration ban was blocked (it also has trouble distinguishing praise from satire). [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:32 PM - 2505 comments


A lazy Sunday passes on social media and all the people want to know is : WHY IS THE CHICKEN SO BIG?
posted by The Whelk at 2:07 PM - 103 comments

“The terror threat is significant"

“We are going to be having an increase in the movements of weapons in coming years and we should be worried,” said Robert Alvarez, a former deputy assistant Energy secretary who now focuses on nuclear and energy issues for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington. “We always have to assume the worst-case scenario when we are hauling nuclear weapons around the country.”
posted by Chrysostom at 1:37 PM - 7 comments

And so it went.

NBC News Overnight, a live one-hour news program, aired for about seventeen months starting on July 5, 1982. Its debut coincided with a lunar eclipse, and despite science reporter Robert Bizel’s disappearance during the live broadcast (he went for some coffee), it was a success from the first night. It was probably the best-written, best-executed news program ever produced. It never talked down to its viewers because, from day one, it never assumed that the lowest common denominator was the way to go. Entirely the opposite, in fact. The writing was crisp, witty, and smart. Overnight closed its doors in the first week of December 1983, after NBC management dropped it because of low ratings. -- Never mind Jon Stewart, I still miss NBC News Overnight [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 12:27 PM - 30 comments

Gene-mapping Dreamtime

Over the last decade, bearing out what archeological evidence already implied, several DNA studies (previously) have established that Australian Aboriginal peoples belonged to a single migrant group who departed Africa around 72,000 years ago, arriving in Sahul about twenty millenia later. Now a new study of mitochondrial DNA maps out the philogeography of this first peopling of Australia, showing the group rapidly encircling the continent - and then essentially staying put, each subgroup in their area... for fifty thousand years. [more inside]
posted by progosk at 12:07 PM - 20 comments

“See if I’m wrong.”

“The first few hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda are… well they aren’t good.” [Rock, Papers, Shotgun] “The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting that’s horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way. I had gone in assuming this would be more BioWare pleasure. So far – and let’s be clear, there’s lots of room and time for it to pick up and turn things around – the first few hours have been just awful.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:34 AM - 183 comments

ooOOOoohheeeerrrrRRrrRrrrRRah aha ha hannnnnnngg

Make some weird noises through manual speech synthesis, with the utterly goddam wonderful Pink Trombone. (via waxy.)
posted by cortex at 10:22 AM - 24 comments

A Modern Prometheus

Comics artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson has passed away after a struggle with cancer. Best known as the co-creator of Swamp Thing and for his astounding illustrated version of Frankenstein, he was a huge influence of many artists and will be sorely missed.
posted by Artw at 9:33 AM - 36 comments

Irony doesn’t negate sexism, it just helps it dodge accountability.

Emma Pittman's article, Ironic Sexism: the Male Gaze of Hipster Spaces, discusses the ways that hipster spaces try to rebrand sexism as ironic and therefore acceptable.
posted by bile and syntax at 9:26 AM - 38 comments

Shrink your waste.

Zero Waste: coming soon (hopefully) to a grocery near you. Valérie Leloup, a French-born 45-year-old was an executive with food giant Danone for several years in Germany and then in Montreal. Inspired by Bea Johnson's book Zero Waste Home, a gift from her mother last Christmas, she set out to start NU, a zero waste bulk grocery store in Ottawa. [more inside]
posted by yoga at 8:08 AM - 26 comments

... but Baseball is pretty good too (dogfilter)

ESPN's E:60 series tells the story of The Trenton Thunder's family of Bat Dogs. From the perspective of one of the dogs. [more inside]
posted by DigDoug at 5:59 AM - 7 comments

home is wherever I'm with you

Charlie Peck records a duet cover of Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros: between himself on the first day of testosterone treatment and himself 9 months later.
posted by divabat at 4:06 AM - 15 comments

"The future is here, it just hasn't finished melting yet."

Utopia in the Time of Trump - "Written before Trump's election and released just after his inauguration, [Kim Stanley Robinson's] New York 2140 stands as the first major science fictional artifact of the Trump era, anticipating even in its articulation of the conditions of victory the fragility of progress and the likelihood of reversal." (via) [previously] [more inside]
posted by kliuless at 12:12 AM - 13 comments

March 18

Sit and relax.

Let this guy work his craft. (slyt) A cigar is a tightly-rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco leaf, rolled in a series of types and sizes, that is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. [more inside]
posted by shockingbluamp at 7:55 PM - 6 comments

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

In one particularly potent example of party trumping fact, when shown photos of Trump’s inauguration and Barack Obama’s side by side, in which Obama clearly had a bigger crowd, some Trump supporters identified the bigger crowd as Trump’s. When researchers explicitly told subjects which photo was Trump’s and which was Obama’s, a smaller portion of Trump supporters falsely said Trump’s photo had more people in it.
The facts on why facts alone can’t fight false beliefs
posted by AFABulous at 6:23 PM - 65 comments

Roll over Beethoven, make room for Johnny B. Goode

Only a few months after releasing a new album at age 90, rock legend Chuck Berry has passed away. He was one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 3:38 PM - 149 comments

Col. Ben Skardon march

Tomorrow Colonel Ben Skardon will participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March for the 10th time. Skardon is a survivor of the actual Bataan Death March, when about 75,000 Filipino and U.S. soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. Colonel Skardon is 99 years old.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 3:02 PM - 13 comments

A portrait is a painting with something wrong with the mouth.

Phillip Kremer creates disturbing and creepy portrait collages. More on Instagram and tumblr. (Unsettling portraits previously.)
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:13 PM - 9 comments

Which BFFs are the best?

Which teenage best friends in literature, television, and movies are really the best? Play along in Forever Young Adult's March Madness. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:26 PM - 23 comments

A lettuce grows in Hong Kong

Farming the skies of Hong Kong.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:22 PM - 9 comments

Why'd you eat that leaf?

Kirby, an ode to a kitten by rap artist Aesop Rock, for his 2016 album The Impossible Kid, featuring clever rhymes, winsome puppetry, and an unbelievably cute kitten. The Impossible Kid on
posted by merriment at 11:25 AM - 26 comments

Behold the Precious Wings

Saori Kobayashi is best known as the composer for the Panzer Dragoon series of games and its kind-of-cousin Crimson Dragon, but in addition to numerous other soundtracks, she also produces original music albums as a solo artist and with Yumiko Takahashi (Suikoden) as "AKANE." Soaring, strange and anachronistic, Kobayashi's music blends traditional Japanese composition with electronic elements to create a dreamlike future folk music from that borderless country, Imagination. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername at 11:04 AM - 4 comments

We'll add some happy little clouds

Did you know there's a database of all of Bob Ross's paintings from The Joy of Painting on the Internet? You do now, so no excuses! Includes some fan-made art and helpful lists of colors used, etc.
posted by pjern at 10:15 AM - 17 comments

"tantalizing for what they show, but also what they don’t show"

Cornell recently digitized its Loewentheil Collection of African-American Photographs, 645 images spanning the century from the Civil War to the 1960s. These images are largely of unknown individuals, such as an elegantly dressed African-American woman from the 1870s; a late nineteenth-century man with a cane; and three small children. (Note that there is at least one image of a lynching and others of child slave labor.)
posted by praemunire at 9:37 AM - 10 comments

Accessibility isn't free, and we need freedom to make things accessible

The University of California at Berkeley recently removed 20,000 videos of lectures from YouTube in response to a lawsuit brought by two students from another university under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The videos lacked closed captions and alternative formats for visual information and were therefore not accessible to some users with disabilities. [more inside]
posted by xylothek at 9:12 AM - 80 comments

we call it weed now

What Happens When a Priest, a Rabbi and a Gay Atheist Smoke a Joint Together? (slvideo) [more inside]
posted by beisny at 7:45 AM - 13 comments

How Stores Are Designed To Fat Shame

How Stores Are Designed To Fat Shame: Store layouts often discriminate against plus-size shoppers, writes professor Kathryn Anthony. What can be done about it?
posted by Room 641-A at 7:36 AM - 70 comments

March 17

Yo La Tengo WFMU All-Request Marathon TODAY

Yo La Tengo are once again playing requests for pledges beginning at 3pm US EDT TODAY (Sat March 18) on WFMU. Every year, Yo La Tengo perform requests live on-air in exchange for pledges, to help keep freeform noncommercial radio station WFMU (91.1 FM in Jersey City, NJ) on the air. This year is no exception. They will begin playing at 3pm US EDT today, and will be playing listener requests for several more hours.
posted by trashflow at 10:48 PM - 35 comments

No more whining about cheap wines.

Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine. "...This technological revolution has democratized decent wine. Thanks to pumps and powders, drinkers who can’t splurge no longer have to settle for plonk. The gap between fine wine and commercial wine is shrinking as producers use chemical shortcuts not only to avoid blatant flaws, but also to mimic high-end bottles. They can replicate the effects of oak for a fraction of the price of real barrels, correct for inferior climates and keep quality high in crummy vintages." [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:06 PM - 105 comments

How much wood would a woodcock cock if a woodcock would cock wood?

Dancing woodcocks: Walk like an EgyptianMilkshakeSmooth CriminalWhat is LoveShine. And one jack snipe: Rubber Ball
posted by Bloxworth Snout at 4:24 PM - 15 comments

The GIGABORE: A decade of cultural blandness

What do you get if you compare the culture of 2007 to 2017? The GIGABORE is an interesting (if bare bones) attempt to compare a decade of cultural change which identifies both the strengths and weaknesses of the last 10 years of culture.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 3:29 PM - 34 comments


Sino-Futurism (SLVimeo) [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson at 2:53 PM - 11 comments

Who gets what degree where?

Educational Attainment in America. Kyle Walker used US Census data, OpenStreetMap, and some programming to produce the visualization. [more inside]
posted by doctornemo at 2:32 PM - 28 comments

Danielle Steel's Dark and Stormy Night

"She started her first book off “It was a gloriously sunny day and the call from Carson Advertising came at nine-fifteen.” She’s never looked back. Nearly half her of introductions involve weather—mostly benign, positive weather (“perfect deliciously warm Saturday afternoons,” “perfect balmy May evening”, “absolutely perfect June day,” or simply: “The weather was magnificent.”)," from Danielle Steel Loves the Weather and Elmore Leonard Hates Exclamation Points: Literature by the Numbers, excerpts from Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve: And Other Experiments in Literature by Ben Blatt.
posted by palindromic at 1:55 PM - 7 comments

i like big mutts and i cannot lie

Snapchat isn't just for human animals, y'all. Here are 26 snapchats from your dog. Here are many, many more. If your tastes are a bit a lot more twee, here are 15 dogs on Snapchat that you need to add now. (animal snapchats previously.) BONUS: Shiba Singception [howling howling howling howling howling].

What? Okay fine, whatever, here are some cats.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:34 PM - 8 comments

Dana Crawford, urban preservation pioneer

Around the same time Jane Jacobs was going toe-to-toe with Robert Moses in New York, Dana Crawford was fighting to preserve a historic part of downtown Denver, Larimer Square, from the "clean slate" style of "urban renewal" that was popular in the 1960's. How Dana Crawford’s heart saved the soul of Denver. "I’m attracted to beautiful places, and, a lot of times, they happen to be places that have been ignored. When I go around the country on consulting jobs and I get to the towns, I always say, ‘Take me to your pigeons and your pensioners,’ and then I find the beautiful buildings." [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:45 AM - 9 comments

March Fadness

From the team that brought you March Sadness (previously), March Fadness "features one-hit wonders of the 1990s pitted against each other in ridiculous and possibly pointless games, all in search of understanding the 1990s and its culture as well as the uses and failures of memory." [more inside]
posted by carrienation at 11:32 AM - 56 comments

the white moon’s filaments wane

Derek Walcott, Poet and Nobel Laureate of the Caribbean, Dies at 87 [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 10:54 AM - 17 comments

Tat Tvam Asi

Everything. (SLYT) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 10:44 AM - 10 comments

"I fell in love with this wild, vibrant whore of a language"

Longreads has “Hrafnkell,” the first chapter of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper. (Previously)
posted by gladly at 10:18 AM - 12 comments


As any motorcycle rider knows, some of the greatest fun you can have is a nice, sedate ride along a twisted mountain road. Sports bike enthusiasts sometimes like to make that ride a little more exciting. But every now and again, you get a big boy who shows the sports bikes how to do it.
posted by hanov3r at 9:41 AM - 62 comments

True Dreams of Wichita

Plungers work: After anonymous stunt, Wichita makes bike lane protection permanent
posted by aniola at 9:36 AM - 20 comments

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