Chris Higgins is the author of The Blogger Abides and writes for This American Life, The Atlantic, Breakfast on Mars, and The Magazine. You can follow him at chrishiggins.com.
Two years ago, I wrote How To Dance While Barely Moving: the "Fishstick," about a new dance craze. Well, a new crazy dance. The Fishstick is a remarkable dance that involves virtually no movement. As I posted previously, here are the rules on how to perform the Fishstick:
1. Beginners should perform the Fishstick to the tune “Tighten Up” by Archie Bell & the Drells. “For presentation and learning purposes, you would want ['Tighten Up'] going.” -Adam Lisagor
2. The... READ ON
Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910, and specified in handwritten notes that his massive autobiography should not be published for at least 100 years. Well, folks, it's time. In the years leading up to his death, Twain (okay, Clemens) had been working on an extensive autobiography that sounds like a zinger -- he lets it all hang out, so much so that he didn't want the public to see the thing for a hundred frickin' years, well after his status as the great American novelist was established. That collection... READ ON
Director Simon Cottee has just released a new 11-minute documentary about pixel art entitled, fittingly, Pixels. What's fun about this documentary is both its brevity (did I mention it's eleven minutes long?) and its clear, straightforward discussion of a topic most people know very well -- pixels. You're looking at them right now.
The director notes: "A few incorrect dates shown. Obviously Mona Lisa isn't 1956... 1506. My favorite sequence? Around 8 minutes in, the comparison of pixel-based games... READ ON
In the opening credits of The Simpsons, Bart is usually (but not always) shown writing something on a blackboard at school, presumably a punishment for his schoolboy antics. What Bart writes changes from episode to episode. In twenty-one seasons, this adds up to a heck of a lot of blackboards. Wouldn't you know it -- there's a blog for that.
Bart's Blackboard is an exhaustive archive of every blackboard shown on The Simpsons opening sequences. It's a weird thing to see all these disconnected moments... READ ON
We all know McDonald's has a global presence. But what are their non-US TV commercials like? A quick trip to YouTube tells me that there's a LOT going on in the international McDonald's commercial landscape! Check out ten (often bizarre) international commercials...if you dare.
India - Chatpata McAloo Tikki
I have no idea what's happening here. There's slapping involved.
Japan - McGrand Tomato
A sexy lady version of Ronald McDonald, wind whipping through her red hair, flirts with a... READ ON
If you watch one completely insane acrobatics video today, let it be this one. Want to see people doing things that don't seem physically possible, jumping and tossing each other through the air, always landing perfectly? Want to see it happen over and over and over until you think you might lose your mind from the majesty and insanity of it all? Take a look.
(Also, if you know anything about the source of this video, please leave a comment. I got it from Oregon Public Broadcasting's Click of... READ ON
Tired of your microwave taking two, three, even four minutes to cook a meal? Sick of conventional "heating" technology that makes your meals in a boringly linear, A-to-Z manner? Sounds like you need the Timecrowave, which uses simple time-travel technology to bring you hot meals...from the future!
It's easy -- after eating your cooked meal, just remember to send that frozen meal back in time to the precise moment when you removed it from the Timecrowave. What could possibly go wrong?
(Note:... READ ON
The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient artifact discovered circa 1900 CE on a shipwreck known as the Antikythera wreck. The Mechanism is thought to be the world's oldest analog computer yet discovered (dating, scientists think, to the 1st or 2nd century BCE). The Mechanism apparently calculates calendar cycles and positions of celestial bodies using a shockingly intricate system of clockwork-style gears -- though its purpose has been the subject of debate for decades, as gears can be used for lots of... READ ON
If you haven't seen Drunk History, get ready to spend this afternoon laughing yourself into a stupor. How it works: the producers get somebody super-drunk, then have that person tell a story from history. This story is usually completely inaccurate, but hilarious due to the aforementioned super-drunkenness. Then the producers get actors (often surprisingly high-caliber actors) to reenact the story word-for-word as told by the super-drunk person. The rest is Drunk History.
In this episode, the story... READ ON
"Each time you dig, you will find a number. That number will tell you how many mines are adjacent to your square!" the drill sergeant barks at rookie minesweepers in this awesome fake trailer. Have you played Minesweeper? Then you'll love Minesweeper: The Movie.
"What if we get an 8?" "Then God help us all...."
(Via Kung Fu... READ ON
Yawning is so contagious that it can spread to dogs and monkeys.