Previous “Links” posts

Steam as a Utility 

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

Last weekend, Massachusetts had a tax-free weekend, where no sales tax is charged on purchases. This is a (nearly) annual effort by the state to stimulate the economy, by making it less expensive for customers to buy various goods. Though many take this opportunity to get new furniture and other goods, I didn’t buy anything of note.

However, as a result, I got to enjoy the dumbest thing I’ve seen in quite some time.

The Majestic Mattress Migration 

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Have you witnessed the annual migration of the air mattresses? If not, you’ve really been missing out on the majesty.


Look at them go!

Take 15 seconds and watch the tremendous video captured by Robb Manes.1 It honestly doesn’t even look real.


Footnotes:

  1. The video is archived here. ↩︎

Therapy Dogs at Work 

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Speaking of animals at work, why not enjoy a delightful collection of therapy dogs helping people.


Oh hi!

Who’s Winning the Seagull War? 

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Recently, officials in Ocean City, New Jersey decided enough was enough when it came to seagulls stealing food from beachgoers. To combat the problem, they hired birds of prey to scare off the seagulls. NJ.com set out to see how effective these raptors were.

But instead of ducking and covering like most do, I spent the muggy afternoon trying to see if the city’s $2,100-a-day program to scare away the seagulls by flying falcons, hawks and owls overhead was actually working.

The city hired East Coast Falcons to use a fleet of birds to keep away the aggressive gulls and plan to use them through the end of the season. I was there earlier this month with photographer Tim Hawk (no relation) to see the debut.

That “(no relation)” kills me.

Previously in animals scaring off other animals: Bird Bouncer

That Would Be Quite a Ruse 

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The world’s oldest person was Jeanne Calment, who lived to the age of 122. Or did she?

The Backfiring Vanity Plate 

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

When computer hacker Droogie scored the license plate “NULL”, he thought it might prevent him from ever getting a ticket. Things have gone a little differently.

Previously in null-related Nonsense: Little Jenny Null

One Hell of an Origin Story 

Monday, August 12th, 2019

I don’t know if Nathan Patterson will ever make the major leagues, but if he does, he’ll have an astounding story of how he got signed.

Fake Logos, Modernized 

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The folks at design firm Baboon Creation have had some fun modernizing fake logos from movies and tv shows.

Undoubtedly, however, the citizens of Metropolis will whine and moan about this change.

Why, How Do YOU Prove You’re Alive? 

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

A headline like “Turkmenistan leader drives donuts around ‘Gateway to Hell’ in footage following death rumors” gives you a lot to unpack, and the article in question is quite a ride.

Poor Little Sewer Trash Panda 

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

When a juvenile raccoon went into the sewer in search of food, this was the pathetic result:

Fortunately, firefighters and animal control came together to rescue the raccoon. It only took a couple hours, and at least ten people, to get it done.