February 21, 2011
200 Years In 4 Minutes
Hans Rosling takes a massive amount of data on the correlation between income and lifespan over 200 years and manages to make it come to life in a way that is way more interesting than that description sounds. (Via, weirdly, my parents. So, take that, Geoffrey "This is too highbrow for BuzzFeed" Shepherd.)
Star Wars and cats, two of the primary ventricles keeping the internet's heart beating. The scene from "Return of the Jedi" where the Ewoks crush an AT-AT's head with logs is now doubly horrifying. (CORRECTION: As has been pointed out in the comments, it was an AT-ST instead of an AT-AT which was destroyed by Ewoks in "The Return of the Jedi." I can't believe I just typed that sentence.)
The Joys Of Polygamy
Meet the world's largest family! Ziona Chana lives with his 39 wives, 94 children, and 33 grandchildren in a four story, 100-room house located in the hills of the Baktwang village. Chana’s wives sleep in large communal dormitories and are organized with almost military discipline. Now this is a man who must buy a lot of Christmas presents...or none at all.
Playboy Covers Then & Now
When the first issue of Playboy hit the stands in 1953, it featured Marilyn Monroe as the first cover model. I mean, aside from the general idea, they picked women with class or something. Now, we have the likes of Kendra Wilkinson and Kelly Killoren Bensimon. Not exactly a quality upgrade. Take a look at how the covers have changed through the years.
Business Cat is the new boss of all of us. You will be expected in his office first thing tomorrow morning with a 9-page report about the relative merits of Whiskers and Friskies. He will likely chew on your report. In the meantime, please enjoy this selection of the very best of the Business Cat meme. (Via @rcbth.)
Addams Family House IRL
Steve’s Victorian home is decorated with strange collectibles and trinkets one would might expect to find in the Addams Family mansion. Some of Steve's prize possessions include the world’s smallest mummy, Siamese twin calves, wreaths woven from human hair, skeletons, and various two-faced animals. I can only imagine how he dresses this house up on Halloween.