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Niche Blogs: Something for Everyone

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After posting several lists of niche blogs, I found out that "niche blog" is a term used by web publishers to refer to a blog that is created to market advertising to a specific audience. That's not what I was thinking at all! The blogs I love to pass on to you are those with a very specific subject matter, so specific that you have to be impressed at the bounty of content they provide. There might be one here that you'll fall in love with and want to follow.

Food

Bake It In A Cake is a blog about "cake and cupcakes and all the delicious things you can bake inside of them." Here you will find recipes for combining cake with everything else you like to eat, like candy, pies, fruit, cookies, alcohol, and even other cakes. Shown here is a cupcake with a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup inside.

The tagline for Japanese Snack Reviews is "Telling you more than you need to know about Japanese junk food" This long-running blog is written by an American woman living in Japan. The information is possibly useful and always funny. As a bonus, there are links to other Japan-related blogs and more food review sites. Incidentally, she liked the chocolates pictured here, but they are only available in cold months because they melt.

Media

Stupid Man Commercials highlights the many examples of ads that make a husband or Dad out to be the buffoon. It's a simple but lazy way to make a joke and set up a discussion about a product, which will most likely be bought by women. Yeah, it's been done for decades, but you'd think we would eventually get tired of this sort of advertising in a more enlightened age. The blog has been going for a year now, and shows no signs of running short of material.

Uncle Walter knows a lot about romance novels. Specifically, he finds the worst passages for his blog Uncle Walter's Bad Romance Novel Quotes and the worst artwork for his blog Uncle Walter's Bad Romance Novel Covers.

Cats

Statistics is one area that affects everyone, and it would behoove us to know more about how they are collected, analyzed, and manipulated. But math can be dry, even when it's brilliant. Stats With Cats dresses up useful information about statistics with pictures of cats and kittens. Now that is brilliant! Morris here is illustrating the word "aphorism."

Tigers on Surfboards does what it says on the tin. This is actually a blog, although the layout is quite different from the norm and they don't accept comments. What you will see is a tiger on a surfboard. The "previous post" button will take you to more tigers on surfboards.

Anyone who keeps up with mental floss knows how well cats and books go together. Writers and Kitties is a picture blog that archives the relationships of famous authors and their cats. Because all famous authors have cats. Pictured here is Edward Gorey and three cats.

Found Items

Potholes are a conundrum for journalists. They are newsworthy because potholes directly affect the live of local readers or viewers. However, they don't lend themselves to great visuals, which are necessary for newspapers and television broadcasts. So, what do you do? Many news outlets take pictures of potholes with the people they affect. It happens so often that it's become a cliche, and when you see these pictures gathered together, the effect is quite funny! That's what the blog Posing with Potholes is for. See picture after picture of the poor folks who have to deal with these holes day in and day out. You can submit your own personal pothole picture as well.

Old Parked Cars combines vehicles, nostalgia, and found items, which is a winning combination if you ask me.

What I Found at Work Today could have been a very boring blog considering most workplaces, but this blogger works at a thrift store, where really bizarre items come in every day. I had a hard time deciding between this picture of a Harvard/Yale footstool and one of The Fart Game as an illustration for the wonders of this picture blog.

Jobs

Speaking of work, there are many blogs about specific occupations that you might relate to or else you can expand your horizons by walking a mile in someone else's shoes. Hovering Art Directors speaks to graphic artists, who are intimately familiar with the scene of an art director, company president, or client(s) watching as you work. Sometime they are all there at once. No pressure at all.

Lawyers, judges, and law professors love to tell you what's going on, so there is no scarcity of law blogs. It takes a gimmick to stand out from the crowd, and a really cool gimmick to to draw those outside the profession. Law and the Multiverse has just the ticket. It's curated by two lawyers who apply real-world legal situations to comic book characters. Really! For example, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four) was brought to trial for the annihilation of several planets. No, he didn't do the deeds, but he saved the life of Galactus, "a powerful creature with a nasty habit of devouring inhabited planets." If he hadn't done so, 7 billion Skrulls would still be alive today. How do the laws and trial tactics of the real world differ from the interplanetary trial in the story? Find out from real lawyers!

At ZDoggMD, Dr. ZDogg and Dr. Harry are physicians and comedians who bring you medical advice that you can laugh at, or entertainment that might save your life.

But if you only look at professions other than yours for entertainment, you are missing out on some great stories and information. Midwife for the End-of-Life is written by a hospice nurse. 911 This Better Be Good follows the more interesting parts of an emergency dispatcher's work. And Fosterhood in NYC follows the trials and triumphs of a foster parent in (of course) New York City. All these blogs have touching stories outside your everyday world, but they are part of someone's real life. There are few, if any pictures for privacy purposes.

See also: A Sampling of Niche Blogs
Niche Blogs: Found Photos Edition
Niche Blogs: Focused on Food
Niche Blogs: The English Language
Niche Blogs for Everyone!
Strangely Specific: A Roundup of 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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