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Do not need Ultraman

Rusborg (Русборг) is the largest international festival of military reenactors in Russia. Last May, during the Battle For The Bridge, one of the participants spotted a sky demon and brought it down with a mighty spear cast. The heroic deed was immortalized with a runestone.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 6:51 PM on December 12, 2017 (20 comments)

Yes, it's an 𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 spider, dammit

Lucas the Spider is a test character being developed by animator Joshua Slice, voiced by his nephew (also named Lucas). He has produced two brief videos so far: in which he introduces himself and in which he politely asks to come inside.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:34 PM on December 10, 2017 (22 comments)

There are only two styles of portrait painting—the serious and the smirk

Learning something new can be challenging, but sometimes, it can take you places you’d never imagine. Kimiko Nishimoto was 72 years old when she picked up a camera, and it’s transformed her life over the past 17 years. Now at 89, she's enjoying wide-spread attention for her creative self-portrait photography.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 8:50 PM on December 9, 2017 (4 comments)

"…he will be our friend for always and always and always."

Russian photographer Andy Seliverstoff loves dogs and the kids who love them. His recent series, Little Kids and their Big Dogs, showcases both. (Instagram | 500px | Facebook)
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 12:48 AM on December 8, 2017 (6 comments)

The Sounds Of Silents

Can you hear this silent gif bouncing? Try some of the others at /r/noisygifs.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 3:48 PM on December 6, 2017 (43 comments)

Puppies Meet Baby Animals: Cuteness Ensues

HuffPo partnered with Puppy Chow and created a series of videos that show a few of the "firsts" in a puppy's life. Meeting new species, for example. [all videos have cheery music]
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 3:40 PM on December 5, 2017 (6 comments)

I don't care who's a good boy—back away from the baby, bud

When it comes to babies, dogs are quite protective [lots of barking]. Cats (with notable exceptions) are more about the snuggles [h/t Miss Cellania].
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:16 PM on December 3, 2017 (30 comments)

ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES ZOOMIES

"Let dogs be dogs and do zoomies to their heart's content."
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:46 PM on December 2, 2017 (49 comments)

"I thought probably I would just fade away."

At 102 years old, Florence Wheeler never expected to share her life story with a 16-year-old stranger, but it turned out to be an experience they will both cherish. As part of a program run by Allity Aged Care at her nursing home in Walkerville in Adelaide's inner south-east, Mrs Wheeler sat down with year 10 student Nathan McCarthy once a week for 10 weeks to co-write her memoirs. (video)
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:38 PM on December 1, 2017 (6 comments)

I KNEW IT

The first study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs, has found that dogs possess significantly more of them than cats. […] The results of the study are described in a paper titled “Dogs have the most neurons, though not the largest brain: Trade-off between body mass and number of neurons in the cerebral cortex of large carnivoran species” accepted for publication in the open access journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:57 PM on November 30, 2017 (84 comments)

Wolverman? Spiderine?

These are not your friendly neighborhood spiders: scientists have mixed a graphene solution that when fed to spiders allows them to spin super-strong webbing. How strong? Strong enough to carry the weight of a person. And these spiders might soon be enlisted to help manufacture enhanced ropes and cables, possibly even parachutes for skydivers, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:37 PM on November 29, 2017 (33 comments)

"If I touch Henry’s leash, [Baloo] will start screaming at the door."

This Cat And Dog Love Travelling Together, And Their Pictures Are Absolutely Epic (Bored Panda). Also on The Dodo. Also on Instagram.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 4:47 PM on November 27, 2017 (35 comments)

Q: Why was the big emu so lonely? A: He was ostrich-sized.

By popular demand, here is the second in a series about disheveled animals. Emee Emu was hatched, as birds are wont to do. She was soon running about and playing with other young animals. She especially enjoys fetch.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 2:12 PM on November 26, 2017 (9 comments)

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know

How many holes does a straw have?
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 12:26 AM on November 25, 2017 (109 comments)

"Everyone is a competitor"

There’s precedent for Amazon competing with so many companies. It doesn’t end well. (Michael J. Coren, Quartz)
[…] Amazon’s unprecedented logistics and delivery infrastructure, paired with access to personal data about Americans’ purchasing habits, means it is unique in the history of global commerce. No company has ever wielded this combination of consumer insight and infrastructure, say historians and legal analysts, which means the company grows stronger and less assailable with every purchase.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 1:10 PM on November 23, 2017 (56 comments)

Good news, everyone!

Dave Pell (Managing Editor, the Internet) has produced a special edition of his newsletter: the reader-supplied NextDraft Good News Only Pre-Thanksgiving Extravaganza.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:30 AM on November 22, 2017 (5 comments)

"They respect each other and they can read each other."

Tanja Brandt loves photographing animals. A recent project involves Ingo, a Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (Napoleon), a one-year-old owlet.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:43 PM on November 20, 2017 (13 comments)

The sea is full of saints

This past April a massive 80-foot steel kraken was purposefully sunk into the Caribbean Sea on top of a decorated WW2 ship. The former Navy fuel barge and its monstrous passenger were placed underwater in order to jumpstart a new coral ecosystem, while also serving as a cutting-edge education center for marine researchers and local students from the surrounding British Virgin Islands. The project is titled the BVI Art Reef, and aims to use sculptures like the porous kraken as a base to grow transplanted coral.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:29 PM on November 19, 2017 (15 comments)

this is the definitive ranking

Colin J. Carlson, part of the Parasite Extinction Assessment & Red List, couldn't sleep recently and decided to assign letter grades to the weird foxes (here's a threadreader compilation for the Twitter-averse, but it doesn't include the numerous entertaining replies). [h/t ChuraChura]
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:36 PM on November 18, 2017 (48 comments)

"The interior is a world of aesthetic chaos"

Game designer @MaxKriegerVG says "If you want a fully immersive 'postmodern design hellscape' themed dining experience I highly recommend dinner at The Cheesecake Factory—from a design perspective that place is fuckin wild and I'll talk a little bit about why (here's a threadreader compilation for the Twitter-averse). And he links to an Eater story about the designer.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 5:18 PM on November 17, 2017 (66 comments)

God has given you one face and you make yourselves another

YouTuber Woodsie employs the Face Swap Live iPhone app to make videos of his daughters. Sometimes you get miniature food critics, sometimes you get nightmare fuel [h/t Miss Cellania].
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:38 PM on November 15, 2017 (11 comments)

There's only one rule that I know of, babies

The Washington Post asked readers to submit stories of a time a stranger performed an act so unexpectedly kind that it stayed with them. Here are some of the most poignant ones, in honor of World Kindness Day. (yesterday at this point, but every day is immeasurably improved by kindness)
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:35 PM on November 13, 2017 (46 comments)

Love's Road Home

Let it be known that Ashley Volk had loved Sam Siatta since elementary school, the age of True Love Always in sidewalk chalk. She loved him before he joined the Marines and went to war, before he descended into depression and alcoholism upon his return, before he was convicted on a felony charge for a crime he did not remember through a blackout fog.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:58 PM on November 12, 2017 (19 comments)

Lessons from the Worst Food Hack of 2017

In the video, Weidner, chipper and chatty, lobs a few big spoonfuls of smooth peanut butter onto a piece of wax paper, folds it, then runs over its surface with a rolling pin to spread the peanut butter thin. She puts the whole thing in the freezer and, when it’s sufficiently chilled, cuts the hardened sheet into sandwich-size squares that she keeps in a stack, à la Kraft Singles. […] On Facebook, commenters, eighteen thousand of them, were not buying it. “Love this . . . since having kids I had to quit my job due to the amount of time I needed to spread peanut butter each day,” one woman wrote. “Maybe now I can go back to work part-time!”
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:43 PM on November 11, 2017 (177 comments)

It is to laugh

The 2017 finalists for Comedy Wildlife Photographer of the Year have been announced (previouslies: 1, 2, 3)
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 7:43 PM on November 10, 2017 (32 comments)

We hope you’ll be happy

An animal rescue group feeding stray cats in South Korea noticed one who was a little different. She eagerly took cat food that was packaged, but tended to leave loose food alone. When presented with a choice of wrapped or unwrapped food, she selected the wrapped food and took off. [h/t Miss Cellania]
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:22 PM on November 8, 2017 (17 comments)

To swear is human; to moo, bovine

Who can resist adorable baby cows? Not these dogs and humans. Older cows are pretty fun, too—and give excellent face baths. Aw heck, just watch this compilation of charming cows. [Most videos have cheery music]
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:31 PM on November 6, 2017 (27 comments)

This is why we can’t have nice things

The internet will inevitably steal the soul of every child at some point as he or she grows up, but some are speeding the process along by manipulating YouTube's powerful algorithm. […] Take for example the video embedded below that showed up on both YouTube and the Kids app: You press play and at first your screen fills with recognizable cartoon characters and cheesy music — but things take a drastic turn when Elsa and Spider-Man arm themselves with automatic weapons.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:35 PM on November 4, 2017 (83 comments)

Who’s a vulnerable boy?

Study Explains Why We Empathize More With Dogs Than [Adult] People
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:05 PM on November 2, 2017 (86 comments)

Dark chocolate hasn’t had a glass of Merlot since it saw 𝘚𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴

Milk Chocolate Is Better Than Dark, the End
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 12:26 AM on November 1, 2017 (115 comments)

"They always know where I’m hiding."

Atlas Obscura asked readers to send in their nightmares. Here is a small sampling.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:03 PM on October 30, 2017 (32 comments)

"I think people will look at growing and killing an animal as bizarre"

The business case for clean meat, as the fledgling industry's progenitors prefer to call it, could hardly be plainer. As emerging middle classes in places like China and India adopt Western-style diets, global consumption of animal protein skyrockets. […] But the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates 90 percent of the world's fish stocks are now fully exploited or dangerously overfished. More than 25 percent of Earth's available landmass and fresh water is used for raising livestock. Only one of every 25 calories a cow ingests becomes edible beef. And meat processors often must pay disposal companies to haul away their inedible tonnage--hooves, beaks, fur, cartilage.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 3:45 PM on October 28, 2017 (35 comments)

…and baby makes "Boo!"

Tauntaun and Luke | Pregnant Zombie | Baker and Cupcake | More Costumes Made Better With Babies
Not quite there yet? Costumes For Pregnant People
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 3:00 PM on October 26, 2017 (21 comments)

It ain’t high art but it helps to be high

Wiley Wallace’s art is what you’d get if you tried to create a Spielbergian “kids in peril” classic on mescaline. Interestingly, Wallace says that he uses his own children as models for the characters in his paintings. A press release states that “at times realistic depictions deliquesce into abstract blurs of bright colors, while at others subtle apparitions make their way into otherwise unassuming everyday scenes.” Yeah, they “deliquesce”…
Website and Instagram
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 8:29 PM on October 22, 2017 (13 comments)

A Friendship Story

Sriracha is a rescue kitty with cerebellar hypoplasia. She soon met Batman, a rescue piglet who also lived at Rancho Relaxo [FB]. Batman comforted Sriracha during her occasional seizures. They became best friends. Unfortunately, Batman died from a congenital condition. Fortunately, Rancho Relaxo soon rescued Batman’s big brother Dragonlord. It was True Love. Sriracha was recently adopted [Instagram], but Dragonlord soon found another Best Feline Forever: Raisin. [via]
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 3:00 PM on October 21, 2017 (13 comments)

Am successfully passing as a cat. No one suspects a thing. Woof.

This is Nathan the Beach Cat, and she loves the beach. Video evidence [Facebook, cheery music]. Instagram
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 1:43 PM on October 20, 2017 (11 comments)

Manipulative bastard, your name is C̸a̸t̸ Dog

Dogs really do turn on the puppy eyes when humans look at them, according to researchers studying canine facial expressions. Scientists have discovered that dogs produce more facial movements when a human is paying attention to them – including raising their eyebrows, making their eyes appear bigger – than when they are being ignored or presented with a tasty morsel (study).

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:25 AM on October 19, 2017 (19 comments)

Assorted cuteness

22 Dogs Who Just Want To Say Hello
20 Totally Random Animal Photos That Will Make You Pee Yourself
22 Photos That Prove It's Easier With A Second Dog
28 Bizarre Photoshopped Hybrid Animals We Wish Existed IRL
20 Dogs Who Are Doing Us A Kindness
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:09 PM on October 15, 2017 (7 comments)

Baby Pong

No, not that kind—the smelly kind! Skunk babies are irresistible and adorable. Even mama cats like them. And no post is complete without a puppy. Bonus: 15 Skunk Facts. (Cute skunks previously)
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:33 AM on October 14, 2017 (21 comments)

"I think that such ‘ambivalent’ emotions can be embodied"

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s sculptures include large intricate skeletal memento mori which achieve just what their titles describe—figures gripped by the bones beneath the skin. He also carves strange figures with multiple heads [making-of] which depict human indecision, ambiguity, the swinging change of mood daily wrought by life like an unmoored boat upon torturous seas. And then we have the split personalities or “glitches,” the two-head figures that capture “the hesitations or inconsistencies” that we can never answer.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:44 PM on October 12, 2017 (6 comments)

Two legs are better than none

Move over, Duncan Lou Who, and make room for a couple of feline bipeds. Rocket was born without hind legs and lives in Berlin. Anakin, a feral cat like Rocket, has no pelvis or hind legs: he lives in Pensacola.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 9:54 PM on October 11, 2017 (5 comments)

"Save your favourite dildo, but throw away the other 15!"

Let’s get it out of the way right now: Swedish death cleaning is a little bit morbid. The idea is that when people die they leave stuff. Lots of stuff. Reams and reams of it, piles and piles of it. And it’s friends and family that are left to dealt with this stuff surfeit, this surplus of minutae. That’s where Döstädning comes in. In Sweden, people start the process as early as their ‘50s, slowly but steadily decluttering as the years roll by.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 8:40 PM on October 9, 2017 (68 comments)

A Visit to the Synthetic Cadaver Factory

Inside this otherwise unassuming facility, workers are creating what may be the world’s most advanced surgical and anatomical models out of little more than salt and water. Fully synthetic corpses like these, complete with skin, muscle, organs, and bone, might one day eliminate our need to test many new technologies on humans or animals. And it’s not just SynDaver’s materials that make their cadavers unique. It’s their visceral realism.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 8:28 PM on October 8, 2017 (17 comments)

Step 1. Acquire a corpse.

The Gruesome History of Making Human Skeletons
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 12:48 PM on October 7, 2017 (13 comments)

"Molson's stock price fell sharply on the news of Bill Eves' passing"

Perhaps most important to Bill was educating people on the dangers of holding in your farts. Sadly, he was unable to attain his life-long goal of catching his beloved wife Judy 'cutting the cheese' or 'playing the bum trumpet'—which he likened to a mythical rarity like spotting Bigfoot or a unicorn.
Silly obituaries. More silly obituaries.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:40 AM on October 6, 2017 (5 comments)

Think you used enough dynamite there, Caitlin?

On the night of January 17, 1881, a would-be body snatcher by the name of Dipper was killed by a blast in a Mount Vernon, Ohio cemetery. The attempted grave-robbery was a three-man operation, according to the Stark County Democrat. The explosion broke the leg of the second thief. The third—tasked with keeping watch—was allegedly left unscathed and hoisted his wounded friend into a sleigh.

Another win for the coffin torpedo.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 8:59 PM on October 4, 2017 (21 comments)

"For me, that’s like a final spa treatment."

For decades, most people arranging a funeral have faced a simple choice - burial or cremation? But in parts of the US and Canada a third option is now available - dissolving bodies in an alkaline solution. It will arrive in the UK soon. Its technical name is alkaline hydrolysis, but it is being marketed as "green cremation:" Dissolving the dead—A radical alternative to burial and cremation.

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 5:19 PM on October 3, 2017 (81 comments)

Life goes on

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Image of the Year Competition [NSFW].

posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 2:44 PM on October 2, 2017 (19 comments)

Dearest Woody Woodstock Yamaduki Hardy from Peachtree Georgia

Never forget that night. It was wonderful. One minute he was almost dead next terrified. Then picked up by strangers then after He had a power nap in the car, the next he’s walking with his bandy leg John Wayne strut under the strip lighted aisles of this massive pet store happy and playful. He wore a red bandana that night and from then on and drank religiously from the toilet throughout the night despite having a few bowls of water in the apartment he was every inch a survivor.
Tom Hardy talks about finding, raising and losing his beloved dog Woodstock.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 11:31 PM on September 30, 2017 (6 comments)

I’ll just leave this here/The fuck up before he kills us all.

Provide a Twitter handle to Poetweet and get back a sonnet or a rondel.
posted to MetaFilter by Johnny Wallflower at 10:50 PM on September 29, 2017 (26 comments)

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