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The Missing Links: Invasion of the Chickens, A History

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The Future Is Now
Because in the 1960s the future was 50 or more years from then, which could be now. So now is the future for the 1960s. The same could be said for the 1890s, when 50% of the future was 51-500 years from that point in time. But when is the future now? Oh, just look at this chart.

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On Writing & Snoopy
Everyone’s favorite cartoon Beagle waxes philosophical on writing - and gets some help from some people that know a thing or two about it.

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My Arm Itches. Oh Sweet Lord, It’s Flesh Eating Bacteria!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Probably. It might just be an itch. But I’m pretty sure it’s flesh eating bacteria.

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We Have Some of the Best Readers and Commenters Around
But we do get the occasional spammer trying to sell us cheap Uggs. Here's how Tumblr keeps out the trolls.

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Today Is Mr. T's 60th Birthday!
Celebrate by reliving that magical Christmas of '83 when Laurence Tureaud played the White House Santa.

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The Chicken Coup
The new issue of Smithsonian magazine details the sweeping epic tale of how the chicken ended up on everyone’s plate. They also have a gallery of chickens dressed as famous historical figures. Because that’s funny.


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If A James Bond Villain Built A Pool
It would probably resemble this 66 million gallon behemoth.


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And A Few Random Things That Occurred to Me:

- On this past weekend’s season finale, Kristen Wiig received a send-off like very few other SNL cast members ever have. I think it proves that I was right to include her in my Top 10.

- In her Weekend Links this past Saturday, Allison Keene included a story asking whether you can call a 9-year old a psychopath. I don’t know the answer to that, but after a weekend of my wife being out of town, I do know you can call a 2-year old one.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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