Did you know we were in the teeth of an electron storm? There’s so much weather out there that isn’t “weather” as we think about it. Then there’s that Sunspot Death.




You keep waiting for this to be wrapped up into something that requires the X-Files theme, but no, it’s straight-up Science News. Keep your eyes on that sunspot situation; it’s important.

Not literally, of course, but if you try to sue the paper because you burned a hole in your retinas based on a figurative suggestion on a blog, good luck.

If that was too boring because it contained science, well: Purely by ACCIDENT a Russian dashcam captures the inevitable result of a garbage truck crushing cans of compressed bas. Almost as if someone threw them away knowing they’d blow up when crushed, then sat in the car behind the spot where the garbage truck would show up, and make explosive sounds in giddy anticipation of the real thing.




OH FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE Yes, the troubles for Penney’s just keep coming. (eyeroll)

The retailer, which has had to put out one fire after another over the past couple of years, soon began trying to explain its latest hiccup over Twitter, calling the tea kettle’s resemblance to the man responsible for the Holocaust unintentional.

I wonder if the folks who invented Twitter ever thought “some day large retailers will use this service to tell millions of people that they did not mean for their water-boiling device to resemble the 20th century’s most reviled figure.” Probably not. So don’t be surprised in 2017 when NASA announces it’s found life on other planets through an Instagram post.

If you're wondering:


HOW TO MISS THE POINT Since Buzzfeed writers have to come up with list after list to justify their existence, and since their grasp of the past beyond 1996 is usually rather shaky, you get this: 9 Weird Disney Education And Propaganda Films One of them is Private Snafu. Private Snafu? There’s a little thing called “wikipedia,” and sometimes this obscure little site can be useful.

The character was created by director Frank Capra, chairman of the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit, and most were written by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, Philip D. Eastman, and Munro Leaf. Although the United States Army gave Walt Disney the first crack at creating the cartoons, Leon Schlesinger of the Warner Bros. animation studio underbid Disney by two-thirds and won the contract. Disney had also demanded exclusive ownership of the character, and merchandising rights.

There are some other legitimately educational shorts, but there’s also a few “How to” Goofy cartoons. Either the author of the list glanced at the titles and thought that the words “how to” in the title meant they were intended to be instructional, or she knew they were comedies and threw them in because the list was too short.

It’s like a list of Warner Brothers Travelogues that includes the Road Runner cartoons as a guide to the Southwest.

No, I’m not linking to it. No link for you! Says the Link Teakettle.


WHOA What do you do when a 112-year old huge building is gutted by fire? Raze it or save it. The latter option required that they jack up the entire structure 40 feet in the air . . . so that’s what they did.


ART It’s the 100th anniversary of the “Rite of Spring,” and the BBC asks if there was really a spontaneous riot during its premiere. Perhaps some folks came intent on being appalled? History judges them poorly; it’s one of the greatest works of the 20th century. One can understand their shock, of course - it’s a terrifying piece of music. There’s nothing in it with which you can engage your sense of reason; it’s all primal and strange but innately familiar. They probably wouldn’t have rioted if it had been about dinosaurs, though.

Hey, there’s a list! Eight Classical Pieces Disney Got Wrong. Because “Rite of Spring” wasn’t really about evolution and plate tectonics, and there’s nothing in “The Dance of the Hours” about crocs and hippos at all.


RANDOM Many amusing - sorry, sassy signs, right here. Here’s what happens when you send a Brony to do a man’s job: