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This Brilliant Generator Matches Simpsons Quotes With Stills

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The Simpsons might be the most quotable show of all time. The long-running sitcom is jam-packed with one-liners and witticisms that are all too ripe for meme-making, and that process just got a little easier with Frinkiac—an incredibly helpful search engine that finds stills to match given Simpsons quotes. The extensive generator has over three million screenshots from the first 15 seasons, so no matter how insignificant the line, it can be paired with the corresponding image. 

The ingenious website was created by Sean Schulte, Paul Kehrer, and Allie Young. “We had the idea several years ago when we were quoting The Simpsons at each other all day long, and it was surprisingly difficult to find an image of the scenes we were quoting on Google,” Schulte told WIRED. The actual execution of the project didn't start until about six months ago, but once it began, the process was quick. Schulte continued: "The majority of the code was written in about a week, to parse the video files and upload them to the server and index them and search them.” Young then spent a few weeks fixing up the user interface. 

The way Frinkiac works is fairly simple. As Kehrer explains, the process involves separating each scene into 100 parts and then examining the color scheme of each part. If there's enough difference between the next image and the last image saved, then a new image is created. Frinkiac also parses subtitles that are in line with the visual to match the quotes with the images. Only Season 11 is slightly off, so be warned: those quotes might not be as accurate as others. 

On the whole, Frinkiac works incredibly well. Just type in "can't talk, eating" or "go banana!" and the search engine provides you with stills in real time as you type. Once you find the perfect image, you can click on it and it'll provide the full quote. Next you can edit the text and it will appear right on the image. There's no save option, but you can take a screenshot of the finished product. You can also take a look at the whole episode broken down scene by scene with chopped up lines of dialogue. 

Here is just a small sample of the fun you can have with the interface:

[h/t: WIRED]

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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