“Movie theaters wanted nothing to do with popcorn,” Smith says, “because they were trying to duplicate what was done in real theaters. They had beautiful carpets and rugs and didn’t want popcorn being ground into it.” Movie theaters were trying to appeal to a highbrow clientele, and didn’t want to deal with the distracting trash of concessions–or the distracting noise that snacking during a film would create. - So Why Do We Eat Popcorn At The Movies Anyway
? (Smithsonian Mag)
Canadian self-described "Freemen" in Alberta
have recently attracted a great deal of public attention to themselves. The justice system generally takes a very dim view of their shenanigans
, as laid out in one of the most comprehensively researched and bizarre judgment issued in recent memory. Here's a general overview and debunking of the arguments they use
. [more inside]
Staying_On-Topic in r/intelligentanimals posts a huge number of links explaining why Corvids (crows, ravens, magpies, etc) are amazing.
The contestants on the grand final of the BBC's The Great British Bake Off
by the brief 'explicit' appearance
of a squirrel. This has apparently shocked a nation
. (possibly NSFW unless you work in a zoo/farm/park/pet shop etc)
Sausage pork beef cheese whole milk butter margarine nuts and sausage pork beef cheese whole milk butter margarine nuts and
sausage.... [SLYT, 1:00, looping]
"In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed pants, so he called the Haggar clothing company and asked for some. The call was recorded (like all White House calls at the time), and has since become the stuff of legend. Johnson’s anatomically specific directions to Mr. Haggar are some of the most intimate words we’ve ever heard from the mouth of a President
From Put This On
A knee to the groin may be more Vinnie Jones than Machiavelli, but it was no less effective for Evo Morales in asserting his presidential authority.
Suddenly everything you eat or drink tastes horribly bitter and metallic, with the bitterness persisting at the back of your tongue after each swallow. The symptom recedes somewhat after a few meals but still persists after days. What's wrong with you?
Brain tumor? Liver failure? First check if you ate pine nuts a few days ago - if so, you've probably just got pine mouth
. [more inside]
Take some assorted body armour. Attach an assortment of castor wheels to just about every part of your body and you become Rollerman Flash
His real name is Jean Yves Blondeau, a former design student and proud owner of the world's only rollerblading supersuit. It may be handy for zipping in and out of traffic
, but the fun really starts when you roll down an alp QT
, reaching speeds
of up to 60mph with oncoming traffic. Is this insane, or an extreme combination of inline skating
and street luge
Angry at CBS's canceling of Jericho
, fans are sending nuts to CBS
in an effort to get CBS to reverse their decision. At the time of this post, over four and a half tons
of nuts have been sent. Why nuts? It refers to a term allegedly used
in WWII by General A.C. McAuliffe
at the Battle of Bastogne
. The term was used as a plot device in the season finale
. This is not the first time that fans
efforts to revive a canceled show with varying success. CBS's response so far has been tepid
the case of the disappearing royal member. King Tut's penis was there all along
So we put a number of differently colored letters on the tray that we use, put the tray in front of Alex, and asked, ''Alex, what sound is blue?'' He answers, ''Ssss.'' It was an ''s'', so we say ''Good birdie'' and he replies, ''Want a nut.'' Well, I don't want him sitting there using our limited amount of time to eat a nut, so I tell him to wait, and I ask, ''What sound is green?'' Alex answers, ''Ssshh.'' He's right, it's ''sh,'' and we go through the routine again: ''Good parrot.'' ''Want a nut.'' ''Alex, wait. What sound is orange?'' ''ch.'' ''Good bird!'' ''Want a nut.'' We're going on and on and Alex is clearly getting more and more frustrated. He finally gets very slitty-eyed and he looks at me and states, ''Want a nut. Nnn, uh, tuh.'' - That Damn Bird
- A Talk with Irene Pepperberg. Referential Communication with an African Gray Parrot
. Irene Pepperberg says that Arthur, an African Gray parrot, is so smart that she and a group of students at the Media Lab are teaching him to go online
. A more subjective take on some more African Grey parrots here
. The Alex Homepage
. Alex interviewed
. languagehat on talking parrots
Montana Goes Nuts!
The Rock Creek Lodge, outside Clinton, Montana, invites you for a four-day celebration of Pabst, prairie fries, and... well... pud: "Have a Ball at the Testicle Festival!" [via Blowfish.com's newsletter, 1st page = SFW].
Anyone here been to a "hicks-gone-wild" type of event? I've heard of backwoods "show us your tits" type festivals before, and I would tend to generalize them as isolated outbursts of the repressed (and very sexist toward women). This one seems to have a slightly different... um... bent.
R.I.P. Squirrel 2002-2002
He lived a short, productive life. Some guy finally shot and killed him to end his reign of terror over Chesire. I'm sure that with a good taxidermist, he will be stuffed and live on in the hearts of all of England. He also spawned an unintentionally funny caption
to a picture: "A squirrel, similar to the one shown in this file photo, is spreading terror in a Cheshire town where it keeps attacking people
I dub thee "Chester the Crazy Squirrel". May he live his afterlife like he lived his life, by attacking people at random.
All pistachio nuts should come shelled. Every time I have a few, I break another thumb
... Remember Larry's
King's hilariously banal blatherings in his USAToday column? How effortlessly mockable it was
? How he finally got shitcanned
last fall? Well, he's back
. Giveaway that King himself supervised the web presentation: how you have to hit "next" to see each individual, um...thought?...insight?...nugget? Like they're so substantial.
Nuts About Nuts! Where Would Drinks Be Without Them? The Nut Factory
is one of the world's greatest sources for nuts, of all kinds and descriptions, handled, roasted and presented in every possible way. Herman Swartz founded the company in 1952. If you've ever enjoyed a few nuts in your life, a good proportion
was probably prepared in their headquarters in Spokane,Washington. Their site happens to be the most informative and passionate
about nuts on the whole Web. Wherever you click; you learn and drool. Connoisseurs will welcome the chance to match nuts with their favorite drinks. Mmmm...
[Mine would be Irish whiskey and club soda with roasted, salted almonds!]
"Everyone's favorite nut!"
A Metafilter search finds the word "nut" in 2058 threads, pistachios
once. Sometimes I like pistachios with a beer
, but never with a whiskey
Reports of the peanut's demise are greatly exaggerated.
Efforts to counter the declining consumption of peanuts seem to be working, the National Peanut Board has announced. Sometimes you should feel like a nut.