Was there anyone among us who didn't love Pop Up Video?
Of course not. Random tidbits and factoids are like a brain's favorite snack, and putting them to music only made it better.
One Reddit user asked:
We know Pop Up Video has been off the air for forever, but as our gift to you we're going to help you recreate that vibe for a moment. Put on your favorite playlist and enjoy these random factoids.
And can someone check on Australia? Why does everything glow in Australia? Should we be concerned?
... I'm kind of concerned. Radioactive platypi seems not good.
Just Another Manic Mondaymonday GIF Giphy
It is more likely for anyone to have a stroke on Monday rather any other day, because of the stress that comes with the beginning of a new week.
in this link it also says that the most common weeks are around holidays too.
My father had a heart attack on an early Monday morning. The wonderful people at the hospital told us that they get the most heart attack and stroke victims at - I think - 9 o'clock in the morning. Thankfully it was minor and he is now happy and healthy!
Woah, this is 100% accurate! My father had his stroke on the Monday after the Easter weekend, right when he wanted to get up for work.
He hasn't been to work since.
Holy crap. I had what I believe was a seizure earlier this morning. It's Monday.
This scares the sh*t out of me. I live alone with my dog in a house with lots of hardwood stairs as well. Nobody to really check on me.
Terrible cell reception, you have to go to a specific spot on my property for a good call. My fear is that I'll die, and nobody will find me for weeks or months.
Lobsters pee out of their faces. From right under their eyes.
also you'd be wrong to assume they do it to.. actually pee. In fact they pee into each other's face to communicate, or before a fight, or before some hot sexy time.
Before You Dig
I located utility lines for awhile. You honestly have no idea how much infrastructure is underneath you. Get your lines marked before you dig. There is a decent chance that there is a major electrical or fiber optic line running through your back yard, not just the lines to YOUR house.
when they are marked:
orange with a dot on either side- fiber optic
any color in a diamond with parallel lines- duct run, lots of lines in one trench.
It's funny because my dad and I went to put a fence up and had the lines marked. Put a auger right through a communication line because they marked it like 4' off lol
Horses can't throw up.
That's why most modern rat poisons are emetic. Other creatures (cats, dogs, human children, etc.) that find and eat the poison very quickly become violently sick and vomit up most or all of the poisonous material, significantly reducing the risk that they will be harmed by it.
Rats, however, cannot be sick, and so the poison stays in them and kills them off.
Wait, what do horses do if they eat something bad? Do they just have strong stomachs?
Lol no. They die.
Horses can be pretty ridiculous about randomly dying, especially with colic, which is basically a horrible horse tummy ache. I knew one horse that would colic if you didn't feed him his special food at the exact same time every day 3 times a day.
My Aunt's horse died from eating moldy bread because you are right, horses cant throw up.
Um ... Australia? Things OK Down There?platypus GIF Giphy
Platypuses glow when they're exposed to UV lights.
Bioflorescent... they are steadily found more and more examples that do the same thing. I think Tasmanian Devils and Wombats were both captured recently.
It seems to only happen to those animals in captivity?
The belief is that these (primarily) nocturnal creatures are expected to be seen by daylight in zoos and as a result they absorb too much UV radiation from the sun and when in the dark they re-emit and it shows up better under UV light.
Wombats glow on their noses!
Netflix was founded before Google
Even better: In 2000, Netflix offered itself for sale to Blockbuster for something like $50 million. Blockbuster, convinced that Netflix was a flash in the pan and that people would always want to rent disks, declined.
This was before streaming was even an idea in the mind of Reed Hastings; streaming was still a very, very new technology at the time and most people were still on dial-up modems, so it just wasn't feasible. Still, things would be certainly different today.
Your brain prefers to default your mood back to one that you've made comfortable for yourself. So you can literally train yourself to default back to being sad, or being happy, or being anxious etc.
Unfortunately I don't have expertise in exactly how to do that.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) would be helpful and maybe a type of therapy called Gestalt therapy? But I'm no expert on any of this stuff.
I have 2 friends who are counsellors and a sister as well. So maybe I could ask them.
A Man-child Changes History
This one potentially changed the course of history.
Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire was the ruler of Germany during WWI. Though technically a constitutional monarchy at the time Germany, and its military especially, operated more like an autocratic monarchic state. The top ranks of the German military relied on the personal patronage the kaiser for career advancement.
Thing is, he was a bit of a man-child. So instead of a jump, "how high," situation, it was more like "here's a dress, it'd be funny if you marched around."
In 1908, Field Marshal Dietrich von Hulsen-Haeseler was the top ranking German officer and was only 56 years old. He died that year of a heart attack while marching around for kaiser dressed in a tutu and a feathered hat. Presumably because of the stress and embarrassment of the situation.
Had he lived, he would've commanded the German military in WWI. Instead, they entered the war led by Generals who had risen to the rank without ever actually commanding an army in the field. They were untested jesters in war. It didn't go well.
And that is my useless fact of the day!
Ancient Europeans believed that if they ground up the bones of their greatest warriors or sacred animals and mixed them in with the iron when forging a sword, the sword would contain their spirits, making it stronger.
Little did they know that by adding in the ground up bones they were introducing carbon to the mix and creating carbon steel, which is much stronger than simple iron.
So they were making their swords stronger by adding the sacred bones, just not in the way they thought they were.
I just learned this yesterday. After an autopsy the brain is put in to the body instead of back in the skull.
It's very hard to fit the cap back on the skull with brain put back in place. The better fit without the brain makes the head look better after the autopsy for sake of the family.
All innards removed are put into a bag, in the abdominal cavity, and then the corpse is stitched up.
Umbrellas Are High DemandGiphy
I can't find any good sources for this, but based on countless stories, first-hand experience, and a Japanese friend's confirmation: "The top 3 things most commonly stolen in Japan are: umbrellas, bicycles, and underwear" 😅
I find this amusing because I've lost my wallet and phone multiple times here in Japan, but they always come back. Yet I've probably spent hundreds of dollars buying umbrellas 😅
The Water Slide
The Verrückt (meaning insane or crazy) Was one of the tallest waterslides in Schlitterbahn Kansas City At a staggering height of 168 feet!
However, On August 7, 2016, Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old son of Kansas state representative Scott Schwab, died while riding Verrückt.
He was decapitated my a piece of metal that got loose from the netting it supported.
Figs, despite being a fruit, aren't technically vegetarian/vegan due to the chance of fig wasps having been killed in the pollination process.
Fig plants have a unique pollination process in which female wasps crawl inside the fig flower to lay eggs, losing her wings and antennae in the process, and promptly dies. The baby wasps then hatch and fly to another fig plant, pollinating it and so the process repeats. The fig flower, now pollinated, grows into the fig fruit.
Now, this usually happens to the 'male' fig plant species (we typically eat the female variant) but some wasps do get confused, hence why they cant be guaranteed vegetarian.
Let me regale you with bird facts because I'm a huge bird nerd:
- It's not precisely known why sparrows and other birds take "dust baths" (they shake dust and dirt into their feathers) but it's likely because they're removing mites from their feathers.
- Speaking of dirt, birds purposefully ingest dirt because it aids with digestion.
- Pigeons are smarter than we think. "Pigeons are considered to be one of the most intelligent birds on the planet and able to undertake tasks previously thought to be the sole preserve of humans and primates. The pigeon has also been found to pass the 'mirror test' (being able to recognize its reflection in a mirror) and is one of only 6 species, and the only non-mammal, that has this ability. The pigeon can also recognize all 26 letters of the English language as well as being able to conceptualize. In scientific tests pigeons have been found to be able to differentiate between photographs and even differentiate between two different human beings in a photograph when rewarded with food for doing so."
- Eating like a bird isn't a compliment, because if you ate like a bird, you would most likely be eating the equivalent of a dozen or more large pizzas a day.
- Birds have been known to eat paint chips for calcium, especially blue jays.
- Woodpeckers attract mates by pecking. The louder they can peck, the more likely they are to attract a mate. So if you wondered why they're pecking on your chimney, that's most likely why.
Mozart composed 626 pieces in under 34 years. That is roughly 18.5 compositions per year; each of them about 20/30 minutes long. This means that he wrote approximately 1.2 minutes PER DAY, which (as a composer myself) is incredibly difficult.
There's no shortage of excellent horror fiction out there. Recently I read The Terror by Dan Simmons and can't remember the last time I felt that claustrophobic and nervous. But I am also a fan of quite a few classics. Are there any other horror books that capture grief as effectively as Stephen King's Pet Sematary? What other book evokes folk horror as beautifully as Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home? Let's not forget this wonderful classic: The Haunting of Hill House. I could rave about that one (and Shirley Jackson) for days. All of these books left their mark on me and yes, I'd include them on a list (if I were to make one) of some of the scariest books I've read.
People had their own opinions to share––and books to recommend––after Redditor Tylerisdumber asked the online community,
"What's the scariest book you've ever read?"
"Gerald's Game. I've read lots of Stephen King and this one scared me the most. Slept with the lights on for several nights."
Everything about this book is creepy. Don't even get me started on the... degloving. I'm sorry I even typed that word out.
"It's not a long story..."
"The Yellow Wallpaper.
It's not a long story and I'd highly recommend going in knowing little to nothing about it. It's brilliant and terrifying. Published in 1892 as well if that's any interest!"
Few stories make you feel this sad. A pretty stunning piece of work––and yes, unnerving. Can really get under your skin.
"I think it was mainly..."
"For some reason, Salem's Lot by Stephen King.
I think it was mainly because I was on a week-long hiking trip in the Australian bush and it got dark and scary at night. But damn, I had trouble sleeping for a couple of nights. Then the friend I was hiking with read it, and he couldn't sleep either."
This is probably my favorite early King––and for good reason. The sense of atmosphere is impeccable. Those characters are loveable and you genuinely care about what happens to them. Then the book veers from horror into tragedy. It's quite moving.
"Just the knowledge..."
"On The Beach.
It's the most soul-crushing book I've ever read, and there's really nothing scary in it.
Just the knowledge of impending death for everyone that feels so awfully heavy."
This is one of those books that makes you feel hopeless.
It's impeccably written but wow... it's a truly heavy read.
"You never knew..."
It's a classic. I found it to be immensely chilling. You never knew what would happen and the writing instilled a sort of dread. I read it in the dark before I went to bed until I finished it."
A book I can read and re-read over and over again. It's a beautiful horror novel. It's also a really fascinating window into the era and manages to say a lot about social and class mores.
"I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. Very creepy and unnerving, definitely scared me reading it at night."
I wanted to really like this one––unfortunately, I did not––but there's no denying that the first third or so (especially once the two protagonists get to the house) is pretty unnerving. Shame the payoff wasn't all that.
"It was disturbing and horrifying..."
"Helter Skelter. It's about the Manson murders and goes into quite a bit of detail. It was disturbing and horrifying because, unlike the King novels also mentioned, it's true. What they did to Sharon Tate is so absolutely devastating. Pure evil."
This book is gruesome and not for the faint of heart. The level of detail we dive into learning about the Tate-LaBianca murders is remarkable and also rather nauseating.
"So the book's characters..."
"Bird Box by Josh Malerman.
Forget the Netflix movie. The book's monsters are terrifying, in that you simply just don't know what they are or what they look like. They could be anything. What they are is enough to drive people insane by just being looked at.
So, the book's characters have to navigate a world mostly without one of our most used senses, and what's more terrifying than something you can't see?
This leads to some utterly scary scenes in the book that sent my heart racing and I had to put down for a breather."
It's a shame that movie wasn't all that and a bag of potato chips.
"It's a different kind of scary..."
"It's a different kind of scary, but The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's dystopian nation feels not that far from reality sometimes, and it absolutely terrifies me."
We're going to go there.
Yes, this book is terrifying.
"I feel like the movie..."
"The Ruins, by Scott Smith, messed me up pretty good. My favorite kind of horror is psychological, and while there is a physical "entity" the real horror is the helplessness of this stranded group trapped by something they don't understand. Their desperate struggle to hold on to their sanity and the slow descent into hopeless desperation just really hit hard.
I feel like the movie was a fairly faithful adaptation, although it's been a while since I've seen it."
I love this book and have read it multiple times over the years. It's slow-going... and then the final one-hundred pages are just horrifying.
Well, if you haven't read any of these... What are you waiting for? Get on that. You won't regret it.
But also... the world is pretty scary right now, so we understand if you need to take a step back.
Have some suggestions of your own? Feel free to tell us in the comments below!
Have you ever traveled to a city you've always heard good things about, only to be totally let down upon arrival?
When a friend insists we travel to certain cities because we would "just love it," they're setting the bar pretty high.
And a city can also boast a rich history or an attraction that makes us curious enough to find out what makes it so appealing.
But, alas, when we finally reach the destination, it's never exactly what we thought it would be.
Curious to hear from strangers online, Redditor tshirtguy2000 asked:
"What city is overrated?"
These are not officially real cities but they do have a rotating population.
It's Always A Party There
"As a former
slave associate at party city. I 100% agree."
"Lego City. There always has to be someone falling into the river."
"Cabot Cove, the murder capital of the world."
"Sure, the murders are all solved, but would you really want to live in a city with that much, easily solved, crime?"
Neighbor To Springfield
Shelbyville. Those f'kers steal trees from neighboring cities.
These were once considered destination cities but their popularity eventually took a nose dive.
"Atlantic City. Venture a few blocks off the boardwalk and it's incredibly depressing. Very clearly an area exploited by the big casinos while the locals have been driven to absolute poverty, while they still force a smile to work the shops that are required for the tourist traffic."
Lots Of Water
"Niagara Falls, Canada. I grew up there. Mayor pumps most of tax $ to casinos and tourism with flashy vegas-esque attractions."
"Myrtle Beach. I'm not even saying that it has a good reputation, I'm just saying that any shred of positive thinking about it makes it overrated."
Where A Creek Is An Exciting Attraction
"Lamb's Grove, Iowa. It's not the paradise on earth that people always say it is. Don't get me wrong, it's got great Chinese food but the motel 6 is meh at best."
Impressions for these cities fell far below expectation.
"Dubai. It's the clickbait of the world. 'We have the biggest/tallest/most expensive YOU WON'T BELIEVE when you see THIS...' It's hot as f*k, everything's a man-made tourist trap; labor exploitation and racism are rampant, and they try so hard to prove to the world how modern and Westernized they are. Really, it's just government propaganda."
"Miami. Horrible place filled with horrible people."
Truth be told, many cities can be overrated.
It just depends on a person's experience, or a resident's perspective about what it is about the location they live in that is nothing worth writing home about.
If I had to choose, I would say Las Vegas is overrated, but that's because there is nothing in Sin City that is of personal interest to me.
I may be severely judged for my opinion, but that is a gamble I'm willing to take.
The opposite sex can be a bit of a mystery sometimes. Our brains work differently just like our bodies and this can lead to certain sensitive questions. Guys tend to be a little less open but today it's time for the ladies to ask away. Even wondered what they really think or feel about their body, yours? Today's the day to get the answers you didn't know you needed.
Redditor William84000 asked:
“Women of reddit, what question do you have of men that you'd really like an answer to?"
His question started an informative thread for women to ask men the questions they've been wondering and receive honest, real-life answers.
“How long does it take to recover if you've been hit in the balls?” Snowy-avocado
“Anywhere from 5 minutes to literally turning to dust like we were Thanos snapped.” secondhand_organsdust whirls GIFGiphy
“The Big Dumb Object...”
“I've always wanted to know: why do you like loud machinery so much? For older men it's mowers, leaf blowers and such. For younger men, it's modified cars and motorbikes. What's the deal with the loud machines?” marshmellow_bunnyx
“Power and tools. Tools are a thing that gets stuff done, and they are loud because they contain the
natural essence power of violent explosions and fire. Most men like powerful things, instead of powerful people.”
“In sci-fi, this is called 'The Big Dumb Object', and is pretty much a trademark of sci fi books written by men” Connect-Zebra7173
To shave or not to shave?
“Does body hair on a woman bother you that much?" reillydean28
“Leg/arm hair? Don't even notice. Armpit hair? Not my thing but not my choice/decision. Pubic hair? I'd prefer not, but it's not going to stop me from getting the job done." wHUT_fun
It’s a power and control thing...
“Why send a d*ck pic?" stavinlawrence
“I think for most men it's a power dynamic thing. Either it gets them off or it just makes them feel in control."
“Then I assume there's the added bonus of if she likes it she might send a nude back. But these losers have a greater chance of buying a "get bigger penis pills" that actually work before a girl appreciates an unsolicited nude." InertialEclipse
"Do you notice the little things?”
“Do you notice the little things about women like a new hair cut, when they wear makeup or a nice outfit?” xforeverlove22
“I can't speak for everyone but for me, nope. Not at all. My uncle had a moustache for like 20 years and one day decided to shave it off. I didn't notice it. I noticed there was a weird atmosphere around me like ‘come on, say something’, so I small talked with him.”
“A few hours later after he left they asked me if I seriously didn't notice that his moustache was gone. My answer was ‘What moustache?‘ And makeup would definitly fly over my head.” PleaseTakeThisName
Lets just not touch people without permission...
“What things have women done that make you uncomfortable?" charloget
“Had a few grab my junk at random. Even had a couple that just forced a kiss on me. I don't usually experience women trying to pick me up, but the few times I did was never great. It was either negging, overly sexually aggressive and always in a group." bahamabanana
On today's episode of sink of float...
“Do penis' float like a buoy? I heard they do but have never been able to verify it.” TheFantasticV
“I mean it's buoyant but it can't really do much besides lazily sorta half float there. Still amused the f**k out of my wife to learn.” secondhand_organsGiphy
Everyone just wants to be loved...
“What makes you feel loved?” linedizzy
“A compliment, a hug or a kiss we don't have to initiate.” Nuitari8
“Do guys care if women get cosmetic procedures done?” dookieconductor
“I don't necessarily care about the work itself, I'd be more concerned about understanding why she felt like she wanted to get it done and help her feel body positive for whatever work has been done or if she feels like she needs work.” -notjosh-
Math will kill a mood everytime...
“What does it feel like when you're having sex and you're trying not to 'get there'? Is it frustrating? What do you do/think about to keep it from happening?" uhohoreolas
“I sometimes do math like 333*3... But often I am fine with just controlling things to focus mostly on her pleasure instead of mine. Tho sometimes she is excited and ends up moving in unaccounted ways while I am a hair away and there is no stopping it. I definitely don't find it frustrating. It is still very enjoyable." Fkire
Some of these Q&A's were unexpected but now we know! This important thing here though is knowing it's ok to ask questions sometimes.
Everyone's got their own favorite food.
What are two foods that actually taste great together......even though most people don't eat them that way?
Breakfast is the most wonderful meal of the day. As the wise Leslie Knope once said, "Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?" So mixing it up can feel blasphemous, but what if it's tasty?
Jam It On
"When I was growing up, it was standard procedure for us to put grape jelly on scrambled eggs. I did it when I went to college and everyone at the table stared at me. I still like it."
"That sounds gross af, but not too gross that I don't still want to try it. Haha"
Bringing People Together
"Peanut butter and maple syrup."
"My husband and I both grew up eating PB and syrup on our waffles. We took that as a sign it was meant to be."
"Peanut butter and syrup on waffles is one of the single best things I have ever had, also growing up with it"
Mustard?! Don't Let's Be Silly.
"Mustard with scrambled eggs. Actually I haven't had it in a while but from what I remember its really good"
"Mustard with eggs period"
Sauces and dips are critical to enjoying some foods. Mess with it too much and you risk ruining the delicacy. So that's why it's reassuring to see these people offering up their new spins on dip combinations.
Only For The Elegant Dining Experience
"Hummus and salsa mixed together with tortilla chips."
"Fancy bean dip."
Peanut Butter With Everything!
"Peanut butter and cheddar cheese (like the proper brick kind, not kraft cheese slices). When I was a kid I sometimes made myself pb and cheese sandwiches. They're very filling but delicious!"
"Toasted English muffin, butter, peanut butter, raspberry jam and marble cheddar on top. Lord have mercy on me."
"Add a litte hot sauce on the peanut butter."
Better Than Garlic Sauce?
"I already posted but I'm eating pizza with my friend right now and he likes his pizza with hummus."
"Hummus is good with so many things."
"So I make spaghetti noodles, but break up the raw noodles into smaller pieces. Once they're done I put in a an egg or two (mix it around) and let it cook. I swear it's not that bad. My Nonna always makes it for me when I go back to the Midwest to visit. It's good with parmesan cheese too."
And then there's these taste combinations. Mixtures so strange, you might just be willing to walk away from your phone or computer and try one now.
Sweet And Savory?
"Watermelon and feta cheese."
"With red onion and balsamic vinegar."
"Thats like the most basic summer thing in Greece, Balkans, Turkey together with some Uzo or Raki"
Who Lives In A Cheddar Under The Sea?
"Pineapple and cheddar."
"A guy at work introduced me to dipping a peanut butter and honey sandwich into chili. That was surprisingly great."
A Creative Spin On An Old Favorite
"Root beer float except with cherry Coke and chocolate ice cream. I was in middle school on a field trip, last in line at the cream shop, and ordered this after everyone else had done the standard root beer and vanilla. One of the cool girls who had never spoken my name before gave me this piercing look and asked if I would switch with her. I instinctively knew I would get zero benefit from this deal, so I said "Nope, ya gotta just remember it next time." That felt good."
Keep an open mind. Don't do this for every meal, sure, but always be ready to try something new.