Sometimes animals talk in ALL CAPS. [more inside]
Possibly you remember Albino Black Sheep
, home to a vast collection of puerile, amusing Flash animations. And if you do, perhaps you remember The Demented Cartoon Movie (warning: flashing, strobing stuff)
, the longest and the puerilest, or its shorter, less popular sequel, The Greatest Present Ever
. [more inside]
M.C. Escher Meets IKEA
for some impossible items you WISH you could buy. Of course, this isn't a totally new idea
, in fact, even an IKEA fansite has played with the concept
. (Dedicated to anyone who ever suspected the assembly instructions were written in an alternate reality) But sometimes, even without intending, a do-it-yourselfer can achieve something pretty close
. And now, IKEA itself has embraced the Escher influence in one ad
. [more inside]
A Bad Lip Reading (previously
) of Barack Obama [SLYT] "Trick The Bridesmaid
" (SLYT original video
+ [SLYT] Rick Perry
2012 (SLYT original video
) [more inside]
Section 1. In the event of the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, the surviving members of the CUSFS shall be formed into a clan, henceforth referred to as 'the Clan.' The surviving members of the Board will reconvene under the new name of The Elders Who Remember The Time Before It Changed, henceforth referred to as 'the Elders.'
The Columbia University Science Fiction Society's Constitution and Bylaws
. [more inside]
Enclyclopedia Brown is a children's fiction series written by Donald J. Sobol since 1963 and still very popular today. These are the 10 most ridiculously difficult mysteries
in the series and baffling as to how a child is supposed to be able to solve them.
Age of Fable
is a web-based RPG with a whimsical sense of humor. [more inside]
The Saddest Movie in the World
(starring Ricky Schroeder) has been used to make people cry in scientific studies, as we recently discussed
, and the runner-up
sad movie starred a famous animated deer. The scientific list of saddest (and most amusing
, and scariest
, and most disgusting
) is now 16 years old, so Slate wants to update it
. Their current suggestions to make people cry are these scenes from Finding Nemo
, Dancer in the Dark
, and Mystic River
, but they are looking for others. Perhaps from the AV Club's films too disturbing to watch twice
? [Warning: sad scenes are sad, gross scenes gross, scary scenes scary, and the funny one amusingish]
The Joy of Dullness 1
| The Joy of Dullness 2
: a gallery of dull, curious or odd book covers on informative and explore-worthy Bookride
. [more inside]
Whole Foods Parking Lot
A rap about the extreme challenges people must face every day in their quest for organic kale and biodynamic kombucha. If you don't like rap, don't worry Whole Foods provides opera
, hipster marching bands
, strange dancing babies
. If you just like naturally-grown peaches and quiet while you shop, there is always a freezing flash mob
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
Eugene Mirman has unleashed his absurdist wrath
upon an unsuspecting telecom (Time Warner Cable) for their lack of customer service, taking out a paid advertisement in the New York Press
to do so. This is not the first time (referenced here previously, the mp3s can be found here) this high school commencement speaker
has used his bizarre powers to fight the (strange but) good fight against a telecom.
While pulling out of the American Embassy
in Dublin this morning, Barack Obama's bullet-proof, missile-proof, nuclear launch-code enabled limo got stuck on an overly steep concrete incline.
From Draculin to Spermadine, Fucitol to Arsole, here is your guide to molecules with silly names
. (via kottke
Some people have claimed that Barbie is really about giving girls the image of an empowered woman. There can be little doubt of empowerment when it comes to Black Moses Barbie
- she fights for freedom
and has all the coolest playsets and accessories.
Russian designer Egor Zhgun
) remixes pop culture and politics, to humorous effect. His latest is a mashup of "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
"; the game Angry Birds
; and current Middle Eastern politics into an animated political cartoon: Three Big Pigs
via Eathan Zuckerman and Cartoon Brew
is a blog that posts amusing newspaper bloopers and oddities - bad headlines, poorly chosen pictures, strange advertisements, etc. The blog only has the past month's worth of posts, but it's archived in its entirety here
. [more inside]
This is an advice column by an L.A. party girl who likes to talk shit on the internet.
E.g. She’ll take your questions about the point of Serious Relationships
. And give you advice about your sexual identity
. Or tell you about a little something called Prince Charming Disease
. There’s some advice about managing your existential
crisis too. Even replies to fifteen year old girls on tumblr
about their teenage flirting. There is also tons of fun sized advice
In her own summary: “What I [write] may be unfiltered, but it’s still cooked up from the same basic ingredients as the rest of pop culture.” It’s “Shady advice from a raging bitch who has no business answering any of these questions.”
It’s Dear Coke Talk. [more inside]
The video game SEGAGAGA
, a Japan-only release for the Dreamcast, is an incredibly odd bit of gaming history. A business sim (of sorts) it tasks the player to lead Sega to victory over its rival the evil DOGMA Corporation (a thinly veiled analog for Sony). Loaded with in-jokes obvious and obscure, it is a love letter to Sega fans, and it was one of the last Dreamcast games made before Sega went third party. After a four-year hiatus, the Segagaga fan translation project
has resumed work on localizing this most unusual game. Intro video
. Edge Magazine interviews the director
. [more inside]
is a surreal, offbeat humour, low-key comedy cartoon show in amazing MULTICOLOURWIDESCREENMADNESSTECHNOLOGY." Apparently the first in a series. (SLVimeo; German with English subtitles.)
Mommy's Nose is Scary!
Mother films her son reacting to her blowing her nose - he's not sure whether it's funny or terrifying (SLYT).
Who ate the kitty cat treats? The guiltiest dog ever
Yes I like playing Dungeons and Dragons with you...
"This Fantasy World" by the Doubleclicks, with animation by Brad Jonas. [SLYT]
Q: what is best in life?
A: Eating cake. I mean spending time with my family.
A gosh darn cute Reddit AMAA featuring a 4-year-old
is a morbidly funny webcomic from Russo-Canadian digital artist Vitaly Alexius
). Set in the starkly diaphanous wreckage
of post-nuclear Manhattan, it follows an eccentric contingent of Soviet soldiers
as they poke through the detritus of the past and contend with the mutants, cultists, aliens, and other horrors that inhabit the ruins. The comic's striking art style
is the result of an arduous process, using "Photoshop, live actors, dead actors, sexy assistants, greenscreen, a camera, and a Wacom tablet"
to composite "6 years worth of textures: 1 terabyte of stock footage, shot in real abandoned, forgotten places of our world." This multimedia ambition has burgeoned into plans for a community-powered animated/live-action web series
). While waiting for that to come together, be sure to spend some time on Kimmo Lemetti's
excellent Gone With the Blastwave
), a very similar webcomic project with a more subdued palette that turned out nearly fifty pages of richly-illustrated post-apocalyptic humor before going on indefinite hiatus.
Social news site Reddit
recently held their "Best of Reddit 2010" awards
honoring key players in the site over the last year, including the progenitor of the Rally to Restore Sanity
, the clever drive-by cartoonist Sure_Ill_Draw_That
, unofficial image host Imgur
, and feel-good story of the year "Today you, tomorrow me."
But perhaps most interesting was the winner for Best Big Community: FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU!
Originally inspired by 4chan's popular Rage Guy meme
, F7U12 (for short) is a clearinghouse for user-made web comics, slice-of-life affairs that tell a story
or share a common frustration
using a small collection
of crudely drawn yet highly evocative facial expressions. Several have become small memes in their own right -- the wily Trolldad
, the doormat Okay
, the prideful Fuck Yea
, the melodramatic Gasp
. And one comic
, inspired by the warped text randomly generated by reCAPTCHAs
), has given us Lord Inglip
of a dark religion
now rivaling FSM
whose cryptic commands
marshal loyal armies
, and... canary
into exploits both monstrous
). Obey him -- or else!
More fun with F7U12: rage face origins
, rage faces in real life
, Twitter feed
, search comics
, create your own
Nearly 10 minutes of the robot warfare. SLYT
First Time to the Nether! (SLYT)
If you like hearing people being endearingly excited and/or Minecraft, you'll like this.
PhDChallenge.org proposed a challenge
: To have the phrase "I smoke crack rocks" included in a peer reviewed academic paper. The winner is Gabriel Parent from Carnegie Mellon, who included it in his paper