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Welcome to the town with the longest name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales. It was, originally, a name contrived to draw tourists. But that was 150 years ago, it’s legit, and it’s long been enjoying the consequences.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch recently achieved viral fame after Channel 4 producers decided to drop it on meteorologist Liam Dutton, who nailed it effortlessly. Which stands to reason, him being Welsh? Anyway, it’s a joy to watch and hear:

His flawless pronunciation of the 58-letter place name – the longest in Europe – garnered a total of more than 20 million views on YouTube and Facebook within a week and dominated the media around the world.

Liam was interviewed by Wales Online, BBC Radio 5 Live, Canadian breakfast television and beyond, as well as featuring in Time magazine, the New York Times, MTV and Perez Hilton.

He was praised by Catherine Zeta Jones, and TV anchors around the world were so impressed by his mind-blowing effort that they tried to outdo him, but with little success.


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Mother tries to shame daughter for using robot to do her homework, but public comes to the rescue

When a teenage girl in China was traveling over her Lunar New Year break, she shocked her mother. The resourceful student somehow managed to squeeze in a ton of homework, including the grueling work of essays and copying passages from textbooks, all while packing her days with holiday festivities. And the work was amazingly accurate and neat, with perfect handwriting.

Her suspicious mom, Zhang, went through the girl’s belongings and found an explanation: a strange device with a “metal frame and pen,” that turned out to be a “copying robot,” according to South China Morning Post. The teen had bought it online for approximately $120. Furious, the mother destroyed the robot and went straight to social media to complain.

Via Oddity Central:

After her daughter admitted to using the device to complete her holiday homework a lot faster, the woman reportedly broke it and took to social media to complain about the girl’s deceitful tactic. “It can help you with homework, but can it help you on tests?” Zhang was quoted as saying.

Perhaps surprising to her mother, a rush of commenters came to the girl’s defense. From South China Morning Post:

Most of the comments on the newspaper report’s social media posts enthused about the robot. Some said they wished they had owned such an item when they were younger, while others compared the girl’s short cut to their own, including tieing three or four pens in a row so they could write multiple words at once.

Some argued that the girl should no longer be made to copy texts at her age, while one called for education reform allowing teachers to set challenging and creative homework rather than boring the pupils and adding to their burdens.

Another asked: “Sometimes educators need to reflect on this issue, why is it we still need to do a task that can be completed by a robot?”

Good question. When my daughters get robotic work to do at home, I’m all for giving it to a robot so that they can do what humans do best: think.

Image: By Simon Shek from Los Angeles, USA – Homework, CC BY 2.0, Link


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A neo-Baroque fugue based on Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”

Italian composer and arranger Giovanni Dettori based his “Lady Gaga Fugue” on her 2009 hit “Bad Romance.” In this video, his friend Vincenzo Culotta plays his neo-Baroque piece on the piano. Dettori writes, “To give a “modern feeling” I used a special treatment of fourths, fifths, suspensions and rythm [sic].”

Ok, full disclosure: this video was posted on YouTube way back in April 2011 and was a big hit back then apparently. It was the first time I had seen it though. I enjoyed it and figured many of you would too.

Sheet music is available.

Incidentally, just this year, the original video for “Bad Romance” surpassed 1 billion views.

(Nag on the Lake)


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Ted Danson learning to floss

On the set of The Good Place, Ted Danson (or is that “Ted Dancing”?) got a lesson from his co-stars on how to floss. Not “floss” as in dental care, but as in the dance craze that’s sweeping the nation™.

Ted Danson learning to floss is the only video I’m interested in watching for the rest of the year. pic.twitter.com/SKTMKZKvM3

— Justin Kirkland (@justinkirkland4) November 16, 2018


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Fendi accidentally made a ‘vulva’ scarf

Fendi is taking a beating online after creating a pink scarf that resembles female genitalia, bush and all.

The Italian luxury fashion brand took down their £750 vulva-like “Touch of Fur” shawl after the internet got wind of it (blue and red versions are still available).

It get really real when you flip it over 😭pic.twitter.com/eqfNVeoru0

— Eartha Kitten (@ginandtectonica) October 13, 2018

The Guardian humorously notes, it “makes you look like you’re being born.”

If you like the look of labia, are ok with wearing real fur, and have $990 to kill, this scarf is still available from online retailer Farfetch.

Fendi’s £750 ‘vulva’ scarf makes wearers look like they’re being born


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Matty Matheson’s Bologna Bowl Is Very Satisfying

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My aesthetic—both as it pertains to food and in general—can best be described as “horny raccoon.” Though I have been known to mess with a tasting menu, I am fully sincere in my love for processed delights such as American cheese and bologna, and will continue to champion chefs and food personalities with similar…

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Cat-sized camping tents

If you’ve ever stood in the camping section of a big box store and wondered how you could snag one of those miniature display tents for your pet, wonder no longer. Enter Cat Camp, an Australian company that has created teeny tiny tents for indoor cats. Their Cat Tents ($59.95) pitch like a human-sized tent but, to be clear, these are for inside the house, not the great outdoors.

We set out to create the most unique, high-quality cat bed. This product is modeled on full-size tent and made to look just like the real thing. Cat Camp is a great addition to any house and a cozy hideaway for all cats.

Cats love small, dark and comfy places – this behavior is instinctive so they can hide from predators and they naturally feel safe when the walls of a box or tent come into contact with their little furry bodies.

The cute, it hurts!

(Nag on the Lake)


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Not the heavy duty work pants I was looking for

I was looking for a pair of Duluth Trading Company fire hose pants. They are awesome. They are made of the same heavy canvas a fire hose outer insulation is. They are soft, but massively over stitched and have a popular with the nuggets ‘crotch gusset.’

None of these things should have led to Zmart Men’s Sexy Collared Bow Tie Bodysuit/Thong/Butler Teddy Costume Underwear showing up in my recommendations.

The Duluth Trading Company has a number of styles of pant. I wear the regular firehose pant over my Bohn spandex armor when motorcycling around my home county or into the awful dodge’em game that is San Francisco.

The Zmart option looks like it offers minimal abrasion resistance, and will not cover the leg armor to my satisfaction.

Zmart Men’s Sexy Collared Bow Tie Bodysuit Thong Butler Teddy Costume Underwear via Amazon


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Married couple notice they’re randomly both in a photo taken 11 years before they met

In 2011, a Mr. Ye and Ms. Xue met in Chengdu, China, fell in love, and married. Going through family photos earlier this month, Mr. Ye spotted a shot of his wife at a landmark in the city of Qingdao. Then he spotted himself in the background. The photo was snapped in 2000 when they were both teenagers.

“When I saw the photo, I was taken by surprised and I got goosebumps all over my body… that was my pose for taking photos,” said Mr. Ye. “I also took a photo, it was the same posture (as captured in Ms Xue’s photo), just from a different angle.”

From Petapixel:

Ms. Xue had visited Qingdao to help her mother relax after undergoing an operation a few months earlier. Mr. Ye had been visiting May Fourth Square in Qingdao because his mother had taken ill after booking herself the trip and asked her son to go in her place.

Qingdao and Chengdu, cities of 9 and 14 million people (respectively), are separated by over 1,100 miles and it takes over 20 hours to drive between the two cities.


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