What Would Happen if Aziz Ansari Narrated a BBC Nature Program?

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When it comes to entertainment, Aziz Ansari has seemingly done it all. Though he began his career as a standup comedian (a job he still enjoys), the 33-year-old funnyman has since become a noted actor, co-creator and star of the hit Netflix series Master of None, and bestselling author of Modern Romance. But if Netflix has its way, Ansari may need to make room for one more job title on his business card: BBC Nature Documentary Narrator.

According to Redditor benmeiri84, a Netflix glitch seems to have caused an episode of BBC’s Sir David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth to be rebranded with subtitles from Ansari’s standup special, Live at Madison Square Garden, both of which are currently part of Netflix’s streaming lineup. The company itself has not commented on the incident, which leaves the authenticity of the claim unsubstantiated. But there’s no denying that the resulting screen grabs are pretty hilarious (and oddly spot-on).

All images courtesy of BenMeiri84/Imgur.

[h/t: Reddit]

A Ring Containing a Lock of Charlotte Brontë’s Hair Found Its Way to Antiques Roadshow

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A ring that “very likely” contains a lock of Charlotte Brontë’s hair appeared on a recent episode of the Antiques Roadshow that was filmed in northern Wales, according to The Guardian. The jewelry itself isn’t especially valuable; the TV show's appraiser, jewelry specialist Geoffrey Munn, said he would have priced it at £25, or about $32.

However, an inscription of the Jane Eyre author’s name as well as the year she died (1855) raises the value to an estimated £20,000 ($26,000). That isn’t too shabby, considering that the owner found the ring among her late father-in-law’s belongings in the attic.

A section of the ring comes unhinged to reveal a thin strand of hair inside—but did it really belong to one of the famous Brontë sisters? Munn seems to think so, explaining that it was not uncommon for hair to be incorporated into jewelry in the 19th century.

“There was a terror of not being able to remember the face and character of the person who had died,” he said. “Hair wreaths” and other pieces of "hair work" were popular ways of paying tribute to deceased loved ones in England and America from the 17th century to the early 20th century.

In this case, the hair inside the ring was finely braided. Munn went on to add, “It echoes a bracelet Charlotte wore of her two sisters’ hair … So it’s absolutely the focus of the mid- to late 19th century and also the focus of Charlotte Brontë.”

The Brontë Society & Brontë Parsonage Museum, which has locks of Brontë’s hair in its collection, said that it had no reason to doubt the authenticity of the ring.

[h/t The Guardian]

From Cocaine to Chloroform: 28 Old-Timey Medical Cures

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Is your asthma acting up? Try eating only boiled carrots for a fortnight. Or smoke a cigarette. Have you got a toothache? Electrotherapy might help (and could also take care of that pesky impotence problem). When it comes to our understanding of medicine and illnesses, we’ve come a long way in the past few centuries. Still, it’s always fascinating to take a look back into the past and remember a time when cocaine was a common way to treat everything from hay fever to hemorrhoids.

In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is highlighting all sorts of bizarre, old-timey medical cures. You can watch the full episode below.

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