Still seething from the impeachment trial (and if it wasn’t that, it would be something else), Trump had a hard time containing himself the following morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. His morning speech was full of his usual narcissistic vitriol. What makes it even more amusing is the comparison between him and Barack Obama in Jimmy Kimmel’s montage above.
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So you know how I promised not to post the lockpicking lawyer again until he opened something by hitting it, then he opened something by hitting it, and I promised not to post the lockpicking lawyer again until he opened something by just looking at it.
Enjoy your weekend, Happy Mutants.
Source: Safe opened by looking at it
I post the Lockpicking Lawyer so frequently I decided not to do so again until he opened something by hitting it. This he has in fact done, it turns out: a fancy $150 gun safe so unsafe I won’t even name or link to it here.
I will not be posting the Lockpicking Lawyer again until he opens something by looking at it sternly.
Buffalo chicken dip. Do you think there might be a recipe for this stuff in the Necronomicon? It’s tasty, sure, but while you’re making it, don’t you get the feeling that you might be doing something to trigger the apocalypse? The unnerving amounts of cream cheese, chicken, and ranch sloshing around together in the…
In the game Speaking Simulator (Steam and Switch) you play a robot disguised as a human that tries to fit in the real world. Your job it to control its mouth to make it talk in a way that passes muster. If you aren’t good at your job, the robot’s head will explode. [via Waxy]
As someone who writes about parenting a lot and with the exact goal of helping to make all aspects of this monstrous, daunting task a little easier, I did a little double-take when I saw this headline in Today’s Parent: Does Parenting Even Matter? It better matter! Otherwise, why am I sitting here writing about potty…
There’s an entire set of merit badges for “adulting” [Amazon], each a handsomely-embroidered Scouting-style achievement related to the tasks we can all aspire to complete and qualities to embody. [via @codinghorror]
Many are simply humorous, such as “put on pants” and “abandoned a shopping cart”, but others echo a grind of life – “reduced screen time”, “paid bills on time”, “minded my own business” – that carries the vaguely embittered flavor of Millennials ground-down by their elders but too meek to fight back. That task shall presumably be left to the Zoomer security committees of the coming decade, which may not even have merit badges at all.
These are all iron-on, obviously.
There are thirty in all, but no badge for “ordered the complete set”.
Source: Adulting merit badges
The United States has never had a single “official” language. While English is broadly accepted accepted as the common tongue and typically used in schooling as well as government documents, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Spanish is also used frequently across the country — but there are a lot more languages than that at play throughout the States.
Andy Kiersz and Ivan De Luce at Business Insider crunched some data based on the individual-level responses from the 2017 American Community Survey assembled and published by the Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program, to find out what other languages are most commonly used in the United States.
America as a multilingual nation: “This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish”, by Andy Kiersz and Ivan De Luce, Business Insider (1/18/20): (NOTE: I will refer to languages other than English and… https://t.co/VkvPxbYqiC pic.twitter.com/aHYI6QpfLH
— Language Log (@LanguageLog) January 23, 2020
There are a lot of thought-provoking takeaways from the data as presented here. Some things may seem obvious — there’s a lot of French, of course, particularly in Louisiana and the states that border eastern Canada. While I didn’t know that Tagalog was as popular in California and Nevada until now, I can’t say I’m surprised. The abundance of Haitian Creole in Florida makes sense, too, but its presence in Delaware is much more interesting. As someone with an interest in indigenous tongues after colonization, it’s somewhat comforting to see that Ilocano, Aleut-Eskimo, and Dakota/Lakota/Nakota/Sioux languages are all still hanging on. And while I knew that Pennsylvania Dutch was a still thing, I genuinely didn’t realize it was still thriving that much.
What you strikes you the most on here?
Language Log: America as a Multilingual Nation [Victor Mair / UPenn Linguistic Data Consortium]
This map shows the most commonly spoken language in every US state, excluding English and Spanish [Andy Kiersz and Ivan De Luce / Business Insider]
The “world’s worst cat” is available for adoption, according to volunteers at the Mitchell County Animal Rescue organization in North Carolina.
The group will even waive adoption fees, it said on Facebook, because Perdita is just such an an asshole cat.
“We thought she was sick. Turns out she’s just a jerk.”
Mitchell County Rescue Organization [via facebook]
Her rescue profile says her dislikes include “dogs, children, the Dixie Chicks, Disney movies, Christmas and last but NOT least … HUGS.”
The cat enjoys lurking, faking being sick, and “staring into your soul until you feel as if you may never be cheerful again …”
Via the Associated Press:
Shelter Director Amber Lowery says 4-year-old Perdita came to the facility on Christmas Eve, The Charlotte Observer reported. Since then, the shelter has had to warn visitors that Perdita’s attempts to draw passersby to her cage are actually a ruse that will not end well.
“I’m looking at her right now, and she’s rolling around in her little bed, looking all sweet and cute, but the minute you try to rub her, she slaps you. We thought she was in pain and took her to the vet and he said: ‘No, this cat is just a jerk’,” Lowery told the newspaper.
Read more here:
‘World’s worst cat’ up for adoption at North Carolina shelter. ‘She’s just a jerk.’ [charlotteobserver.com]
YouTuber and dad Matt MacMillan picked an unusual way to cover AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” He spent a year recording his baby son’s cooing, sneezing, and other random noises and pieced it together to make the song. He writes, “It took forever.”
And when you see HOW he arranged it all, you’ll see why it took so long — it’s really quite a feat!
If you’re not familiar with the original song (I wasn’t), here it is for comparison: