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I Haz a Catnip in Mah Head

(YouTube) A music video from the group Walter and the Wizards. Yes, it’s an ad, for Litter Genie. A cosmic, cat-filled, psychedelic, musical ad. Remember, kitties, just say no to nip.  -via Daily of the Day

Breaking Bad Cross Stitch

Too many cooks spoil the meth. So stay out of the kitchen until Walter is done. This cross stitch by Steotch adds a homey atmosphere to the lab. Link -via Popped Culture

The Starship Enterprise is Made of Poplar

Last week marked the 45th anniversary of Star Trek‘s debut on TV. As part of the anniversary-related festivities, the Smithsonian is highlighting the original Enterprise model used on the show, which is part of the museum’s permanent collection. (We’re talking about the NCC-1701, naturally.) The model is 11 feet long and weighs [...]

How The Los Angeles Dodgers Helped to Snuff Out Communism

2011 has been a difficult year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the owners going through a messy divorce (who gets the house? Who gets the team?) and attendance down, the Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 as Major League Baseball stepped in to assume day-to-day operations of the team. But all this pales by comparison [...]

How The Los Angeles Dodgers Snuffed Out Communism

2011 has been a difficult year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the owners going through a messy divorce (who gets the house? Who gets the team?) and attendance down, the Dodgers filed for Chapter 11 as Major League Baseball stepped in to assume day-to-day operations of the team. But all this pales by comparison [...]

Hitler’s Nephew, Stalin’s Daughter and Other Famous Defectors

Here are four defectors whose stories you won’t soon forget. 1. Hitler’s Nephew © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS William Patrick Hitler was born in England to a German father, Alois Hitler, and an Irish mother, Bridget Dowling. When William was still a boy, his father moved back to Germany, but his mother refused to go, raising her son alone [...]

Winnie Ille Pu: The Latin Versions of 10 Modern Stories

Despite its status as a “dead” language, pretty much anything can be translated into Latin. Here are 10 modern classics that might make Latin class more fun. 1. Winnie the Pooh A Latin translation of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne, was published for the first time in 1960. Alexander Lenard, the translator, was also a physician, [...]

The Quick 10: The Chrysler Building

Apparently it’s Buildings of New York Appreciation Week here in MF. Joining the New York Public Library in having a birthday this week is the Chrysler Building, which will be celebrating its 81st year dominating the Manhattan skyline. It may not be the tallest building in town these days, but it’s still one of the [...]

Niche Blogs: Something for Everyone

After posting several lists of niche blogs, I found out that “niche blog” is a term used by web publishers to refer to a blog that is created to market advertising to a specific audience. That’s not what I was thinking at all! The blogs I love to pass on to you are those with [...]

How Does an Etch A Sketch Work?

In 1955, a French electrician named André Cassagnes got an idea for a new toy after seeing how an electrostatic charge could hold aluminum powder to glass. He worked up a prototype for the toy—based on the design of a television screen—in his basement workshop and called it “L’Ecran Magique,” or “the magic screen.” Its [...]