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A Fresh Dozen Niche Blogs

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When I notice there's quite a few of something interesting on the internet, I make a list of them and post it here. Other people take a deeper interest in something fairly obscure that happens over and over, and they make a blog about it. Some subjects wear themselves out pretty quickly -in fact, three blogs I jotted down for this list went completely defunct in the short time since. Others keep chugging along, waiting for anyone who is interested in that subject. Here are some more narrowly-focused blogs you might enjoy taking a look at.

1. Have you ever considered socks as an art medium? The anonymous author of a Tumblr blog called Famous album covers recreated with my socks has, and apparently has quite a selection of socks to use! There are two pages of album covers now, and we hope there is more to come.

2. You might argue that dogs can feel shame, or maybe they just seem to be particularly aware when you're angry with them. In any case, putting a sign on them to tell the world of their shame probably won't change the dog's behavior, but it does make for some funny pictures! The Tumblr blog Dogshaming collects those photos to share with the world. Oh yes, and it features the occasional cat, too. Submissions are welcome, and critical comments will be posted for public shaming.

3. Replacement Hipsters is a picture blog featuring snapshots of elderly people with their fashion sense born of a genuine "I could care less what you think" attitude that younger people pay to have dictated to them. And there's nothing more fashionable than a genuine attitude.

4. Sorry I Haven't Posted is composed completely of blog posts from everywhere that start off with an apology for sparse posting. Sometimes they are unnecessary to the point of laughter.

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I was busy! So, I will post this afternoon, so look forward to that.

Other times, they catch your attention.

Hey gang. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I recently had a very, very, very, minor, very, very, very, mild heart attack. I know…it doesn’t matter how many very-verys you put in front of it, it’s still a heart attack.

5. Even when they don't last long, Tumblr blogs are good for getting a quick gallery online. Muppets With People Eyes lasted until the most popular Muppets were published, and they are still creepy.

6. Mo Farah won gold for Great Britain in the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 meter races, which solidified his status as a national hero. A classic image showing the moment he realized he'd won the second gold medal lent itself to an photo mashup meme, many of which are enshrined in the Tumblr blog Mo Farah Running Away from Things. No, he's not scared, but taken out of context and with the proper menacing background, it sure can look that way!

7. Dull News in Local Newspapers is British based, but has news stories as dull as your hometown paper. Some things are the same the world over. The picture is from a story about a misplaced apostrophe on a temporary banner, and the hubbub it caused.

8. Star Trek Points at Things is taking the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation episode by episode and posting each incident of pointing, in order. Gestures are counted to see which character does the most pointing, and scores are being kept. The blog is now on the seventh episode of season one, so there will be a lot of new pointing in the future.

9. Cats are really good at not knowing their place, at least as far as what humans believe their place is. Photographic evidence of this is at Cats. Where they do not belong. Each entry has almost-sensible commentary of why a cat does not belong in that particular spot.

10. Removies are what you get when you remove one letter from a movie title and make it into something completely different. The resulting posters are found at the Tumblr blog Removies, but the artist so far remains anonymous. There's no shortage of material, as everyone I've presented this idea to can come up with a half-dozen titles off the tops of their heads.

11. Dr. Adorable's Ask-along Blog is a parody of Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog with one difference: this one stars the characters from My Little Pony! Oh, there's another difference in that Dr. Adorable is a continuing project. It's been in business almost a year, with no lack of material in the foreseeable future.

12. The Worst Things for Sale is a product review blog, but only for products that can be mocked mercilessly. The simple chairs shown were described thusly:

These chairs are made out of an exotic material called “Polywood.” I’m not sure what polywood is, but they’re $219,119.00 for a pair, so it must be pretty comfortable to sit on.

The only downside I see is that they’re “some assembly required.” For that price they’d better come with someone to put them together and feed me grapes while I sit in them.

Product links are included, of course. The blog is run by Drew Fairweather, who you might know as the cartoonist behind Toothpaste for Dinner. Some entries are NSFW.

If that's not enough to keep you busy for a while, check out our previous posts on Niche Blogs.

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India Now Has a Private Ambulance Service Just for Cows
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In India, where the majority of residents are Hindu, the cow is sacred. Just how sacred? So sacred that one state recently launched a private ambulance service for injured cattle.

According to The Guardian, the ambulance service in Uttar Pradesh was launched by Keshav Prasad, the state’s deputy chief minister. While it has the support of the government, it’s not a state-funded enterprise. It’s paid for by an NGO called the Gau Vansh Raksha trust, which operates several gaushalas, or animal shelters specifically aimed at housing old and unwanted cows to protect them from slaughter. (The Indian government also runs its own gaushalas, paying for the cows’ upkeep through state funds.)

The trust launched five ambulances in May 2017, and received hundreds of calls within the first week of operation. The ambulances are equipped with sirens and basic surgery supplies and are run by volunteers.

Though India has a secular government, more than a dozen Indian states have banned the slaughter of cattle out of deference to the Hindu majority. The laws are controversial for the country's beef-eating Christian and Muslim populations (who also make up the bulk of the country's large cattle-export industry), however. The same month the service launched, the Indian government instituted a full ban on selling cows for slaughter. The ban is currently on hold while India’s Supreme Court rules on whether or not it is constitutional.

[h/t The Guardian]

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6 Niche Blogs You Should Read
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We know you have a few blogs you go to every day for general information, news, and entertainment, and we’re glad that mental_floss is one of them. But every once in a while, you want to branch out to something new and different, something really crazy and good for a laugh. These single-subject blogs with a very narrow focus just might be what you’re looking for.

1. DEPRESSING FRIDGE POEMS

Rusty Epstein has a set of refrigerator word magnets, and he’s not afraid to use them. His word combinations are not the cheery, uplifting phrases your mom puts up for everyone to see; they are Depressing Fridge Poems. They are so sad, they will most likely make you laugh, at least a little. Then you’ll feel bad about laughing.

2. THE SETUP WIZARD

Here’s a blog that tech workers and Harry Potter fans alike will enjoy. The Setup Wizard puts those workers in the world of Harry Potter by giving us a first-person account of a Muggle IT guy named Jonathan Dart who works at Hogwarts. "It took them until 2016," he writes, "but both students and staff alike have finally caved and demanded that their cell phones work on school grounds, and with that request they had to find a 'muggle' (a term I’m quickly learning to detest) to install wifi and maintain any technology that functions on school grounds." He rolls his eyes at the students and professors who think a little magic will make everything all right, when the magic actually tends to make things worse. You can read the saga so far in chronological order, and then keep up with new entries in blog order.

3. EATS LIKE A DUCK

There’s been a lot of food featured on The Simpsons in its more than two decades on the air. Eats Like a Duck features those foods one at a time, with references to the episode a particular food appeared in and recipes that will allow a reader to make it. For example, in the episode “Homerpalooza” (season 7), Homer tries to sneak homemade Kahlua into a concert. (It's not the best idea—as the blogger behind Eats Like a Duck notes, "The stifling heat of an outdoor concert just doesn’t really pair well with the sweet coffee flavor of Kahlua, homemade or store bought.") Other recipes on the site include Bart’s Grilled Twizzlers, A Cool Glass of Turnip Juice, Blandoori, Clove Tom Collins Pie, and, of course, The Flaming Homer.

4. BOWIEBRANCHIA

Nudibranchs are ocean mollusks that come in a huge variety of shapes and colors. David Bowie was a music and art icon who, over the course of his career, flaunted a lot of colorful and creative looks. The Tumblr blog Bowiebranchia matches Bowie’s looks with a nudibranch.

5. HIERONYMUS BOSCH WORK MEMES

Do you ever feel that being at work is like one of the gory, torturous details in a Hieronymus Bosch painting? You know, like The Garden of Earthly Delights? The blog Hieronymus Bosch Work Memes knows that feeling, and will come up with an image macro that puts those feelings into words. (Note: Some images may be NSFW.) You’ll find an archive of older posts at the blog’s previous address.

6. HRH MARVIN, #THEROYALHAMSTER

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, have a hamster named Marvin. That inspired Christine Frazier to imagine Marvin leading the wonderful life of a royal hamster. She posts her illustrations at her new blog called HRH Marvin, #TheRoyalHamster. It contains pictures of the royal family in the news, and then Frazier's drawings of Marvin living out that image with a little narration, often wearing the same fashions as in the news image. Above, you see Marvin playing polo in the style of the Princes William and Harry, although you will more often see him in Kate Middleton’s newsworthy fashions.

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