Author Archives: ChristopherMast

Are We Still Evolving?

This week for “You Want to Know” we’re addressing a question put forth by viewer and commenter “MeanBlackDude” about whether humans have reached the end of their evolution. We go over the history of man’s evolution and the possible futures, as well as some recent adaptations to the human race. How will the evolution of humans progress in a Mars colony? What about the singularity?

5 Top Fidget Toys

Fidget toys are huge right now, especially the fidget spinner. I got five of the most popular toys and tried them out, compared them, and judged them on their merits or lack thereof. There are two clear winners, one solid choice, one that’s “OK”, and one that sucks.

Before Toilet Paper – How Did People Wipe Their Butts?

If you live in a country where you have enough time to casually watch this video, you probably use toilet paper. It seems like the “always been that way” answer to how we clean our butts. But that’s not true, toilet paper has only been around for less than 200 years. Well… OK, MODERN toilet paper, the Chinese have had it much longer. BUT… BUT… BUTT… Toilet paper that wouldn’t put splinters in your posterior didn’t exist until 1930.

12 Daily Time Wasters

We all do things we don’t really need to do. We can all be more efficient. It’s a shame to waste your day on silly stuff, and this video lists twelve things that are simply not worth doing (usually anyway) because they just waste time.

Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?

Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?  –  The World’s Most Popular Navel Debate – Assuming there WAS an Adam and an Eve, there wouldn’t have been need for an umbilical scar for either of them, right?  Or maybe…

Why Are Certain Words Deemed “BAD?”

Why Are Certain Words Deemed “BAD?” – Curse Words – Swearing – Expletives. The question this week was submitted by Grandma Arby’s. Oh, and this episode is what I’d definitely call not safe for work – NSFW. Let’s look into a little expletive history to learn more about swearing.

7 Album Covers Banned or Cancelled

7 Album Covers That Got Banned or Cancelled – What seems like a good idea initially doesn’t always work out that way. Censor problems, logistics, and marketing opinions… that’s rock and roll. Bob Marley, Blind Faith, Chumbawamba, Kanye West, The Sex Pistols, Bon Jovi, and The Beatles.

Murder in Space? What Laws Apply?

What if you were to commit murder in space? What country’s laws would apply? What about Lake Constance? Australia? When does Maritime law apply? Is there such a thing as space law?
Here’s the CGP Grey video I referenced:

MagnaWow 54 Piece Set – Toy Review

This MagnaWow 54 piece set is a hit with young kids and their not-as-young parents. While encouraging creativity and imagination, they also help kids understand geometry and how to build stable structures. If you already have similar magnet tiles from MagFormers, Magna Tiles, or ShapeMags, these tiles are 100% compatible. The included tote box makes clean up easy and lets you take the set on the go if you want.

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Dwarfs, Giants, and Buggy Eyes

Dwarfs, Giants, and Buggy Eyes – 5 Actors Who Made the Best of Physical Differences – Peter Dinklage, Marty Feldman, DJ Qualls, Andre the Giant, and Michael Berryman all embraced their physical differences to craft their acting careers. I also throw in a special mention of Adam Pearson and the Munchkins.

Lamborghini – Built to Spite Ferrari

Lamborghini – Built to Spite Ferrari – Ferruccio Lamborghini was the owner of a successful tractor company and a sports car enthusiast. He owned several sports cars from Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Mercedes, Jaguar, and Maserati, as well as some Ferraris. Frustrated with fragile clutches in his Ferraris, he approached Enzo Ferrari about his complain, who turned him away. Lamborghini repaired his 250GT with a clutch from a tractor, which worked better than the original, and after that decided to start a sports car company to spite Ferrari.


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What I Learned Making Daily YouTube Videos

Let’s talk about the video making process. I share some tips and observations I picked up from doing daily videos in March (March Madness, no VEDA for me, haha). Have you got any advice yourself? Share it in a comment or with a video link!
Here are the three other channels I mentioned
Nick Nimmin ⭐
Brian G Johnson ⭐
Tim Schmoyer ⭐
Here’s the Dyson my wife was hugging in that clip 🙂

Lawn Mower Accidents – Overlooked Dangers of Yard Work

Lawn Mower Accidents in the USA – The United States leads the world in lawn mower accidents and fatalities. Most people take lawnmowers for granted, not recognizing the dangers, especially with riding lawn mowers. Mowing without proper attention to yard work safety can lead to minor injuries, accidental amputation, or even loss of life. Mow safe!

Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea Mud Mask review – I bought this for Carolina… um… I mean Santa brought it… for Christmas. I liked the idea and bought some for myself too. I’ve used it a couple times, this is Carolina’s first time using it. It’s a face mask made of mud from the dead sea, with dead sea minerals that are supposedly good for skin care. We’re not skin care experts. Perhaps you already gathered that 🙂

Do Redheads Feel More Pain?

Do redheads feel more pain? Researchers at the University of Louisville in KY have found that redheads are more sensitive to heat and cold pain; a finding that the MythBusters have disputed. Who’s to say? Pain tolerance is absolutely subjective. Maybe redheads just feel pain DIFFERENTLY. There are theories that redheads feel more pain with toothaches and theories that redheads should have a HIGHER pain tolerance because of a mutation in their MC1R gene. If you ask the American Society of Anesthesiologists, they’ll tell you their research suggests redheads need MORE anesthetic than non redheads. Science Nordic found that redheads are better at eating hot peppers than the rest of us… So they should fair much better on a trip to Mexico… as long as they have a shirt and a good hat! Do Gingers Have Souls?

Daughter Injures Herself on First Live Stream

For today’s March Madness entry, a little something different. Dad and daughter try to figure out YouTube live streaming… or is it livestreaming, as in all one word? Kind of an on-air family vlog, but with an unfortunate trampoline injury (she’s fine). What a first experience with mobile live streaming, right?

$156,450 Vinegar – Thomas Jefferson Wine Bottles

Both Malcolm Forbes and Bill Koch have bought bottles of Chateau Lafite supposedly once owned by Thomas Jefferson. Problem is, the Thomas Jefferson Wine Bottles were frauds. Forbes paid $156,450 for his fake bottle, the most expensive wine ever sold.

Dating at a Price –

Web developer and nerd Brandon Wade seems to have come up with the perfect solution for men who have problems interacting with women. He’s invented a way for men to get female companionship by paying for it! How new and novel it THAT, right? is his site that matches up “generous” men with “attractive” ladies when those men place the high bid. It’s like eBay for meeting women! It’s totally not a sugar daddy website (he actually runs one of those too) and it’s totally not the oldest profession in the world, ’cause they said it’s not.

Calico Cats are 99.99% Female

Calico cats are a kind of domestic cat with white, black, orange, and grey markings. They are almost all female. Male calicos are rare. It’s all about the chromosomes. The cat needs either xx chromosomes or xxy chromosomes. There is a 1 in 3000 chance of a male calico cat.

5 MORE Random & Unrelated Facts!

I liked the last random facts video I made, so I decided to make another one. This time about how rats like to be tickled, ancient Romans sweetened their wine with lead sweetener, and how Sea World has medicated orcas. Cool facts for March Madness.

Selling You Soul on eBay?

There has been at least one soul sold on eBay. Since then, the rules have changed. It’s officially against eBay policy, so you’ll have to make your pitch somewhere else on the internet. One author, Hemant Mehta, sold his soul to a retired holy man for less than $600, but he got a book deal out of it.

Worst School Bus Route Ever

Point Roberts, Washington is a town of about 1300 on the end of the Tsawwassen peninsula. There are no schools in town that teach kids older than 3rd grads so kids but to another US townl… Through Canada!

10 Absurd Automobiles

Ugly cars… silly cars  – we need then to appreciate the nice cars, right? Or maybe not. Here are 10 absurd automobiles that will make your head shake. From the completely pointless Suzuki x90 to the much loved but bizarre BMW Z3 M Coupe.

Popeye Stroked His Chicken

Popeye the Sailor Man is someone you know as a man who gets strength from eating spinach. Every time Olive Oyl gets herself in a jam (pretty much every episode), Popeye tears open a can of spinach and saves the day. But there WAS a time when Popeye got strong from stroking a chicken. More importantly though, who are the true parents of that kid Swee’Pea?

Ladybugs – Vicious Killers

Ladybugs are not very lady like as far as bugs go. These lady bugs eat like cavewomen in fact. They take their prey still alive, munching away regardless of the kicking and screaming. Oh, and if they run out of aphids to eat, they’ll straight up turn to cannibalism. These cannibal creatures will eat baby ladybugs or even other adults.

Taste Buds on Testicles

Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center have discovered that men’s testicles have taste buds! They’re not yet sure what taste receptors on testicles would be for, but it’s apparently related to spermatogenesis.

Barbie – Her Struggle With Normal

The Barbie doll has been criticized as an over-sexualized influence rather than a positive image of women. Lately, Mattel has release a selection of curvy Barbies. They’re part of the Barbie Fashionistas line of toys and they’re supposed to represent a more realistic body image.

You Can’t Cheat Sleep

Sleep deprivation is no joke. You can’t cheat sleep. Exhaustion is the most obvious symptom, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Turns out, you have a physiological need for sleep. Without it, your cells don’t function properly, you stress your heart, and you can have sleep deprivation hallucinations. Plus, when you’re tired, your brain doesn’t function correctly, making it harder to remember things and also making you accident prone.

Canon Lens Review – 10-18mm EF-S f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

The Canon 10-18mm EF-S lens seems to be the lens of choice for selfie vloggers. It’s a great wide angle lens for not a lot of money. Better yet, it’s lightweight. It focuses super quietly (I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED THAT IN THE VIDEO, DOH!) and has image stabilization.

5 Random Unrelated Facts

5 random unrelated facts including weird stuff about the Three Stooges (more than just Moe Larry and Curly), the plastic thing at the end of your laces, and Captain Kangaroo. Cool facts for March Madness.

The Gary Vaynerchuk Effect

Gary Vaynerchuk is a source of motivation and inspiration for many a would-be entrepreneur. Starting as a Russian immigrant, he worked his way from lemonade stands to wine library TV to being a CEO of an online ad agency.

Pie on Pi Day – A Real Holiday!

Pi day, or “pie day” is March 14. Get it? 3/14… or 3.14. Nerdy, yes, but fun. In 2009, the US Government actually made it a real holiday. They didn’t get anything ELSE done that year, but who cares when you can have PIE! Celebrate Pi Day 2017 with pie! Get out and find yourself some Pi Day deals!

Pinterest Lens – Search Without Words

Pinterest Lens is a new feature of the Pinterest mobile app that allows you to search by image. Now you can do a Pinterest search without words. Take a picture, let Pinterest find your match, and then pin it!

From the Mind of a 4 Year Old

Something a little different for tonight, mainly because a skunk made my office shed smell like… well… skunk. This is a peek into our family vlog (TheMastBroadcast) and a bit of the vibe we often hit on our review channel as well (StuffWeUseNet). Basically, I just asked my four year old daughter what she likes. Things that make her happy, which in general are things that make a lot of kids happy, especially little girls. Next video we’ll be back to the “Christopher in front of the bookshelf” format, skunk spray or no.

Robin Williams – 5 Great Movies that Aren’t Funny

Robin Williams was a stand up comic and feature film actor known for his witty improvisations. Even after he kicked the cocaine it often seemed like he was amped. Everyone already knows this, though.  Most people also knew he was an excellent dramatic actor thanks to movies like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poet’s Society. Not to mention Awakenings and The Fisher King. But did you know he was also an excellent “bad guy” and was great as being “dark”? Perhaps he was drawing from something inside himself. Five great movies for this “darkness” are The Final Cut, World’s Greatest Dad, One Hour Photo, What Dreams May Come, and Insomnia.

Dyson V8 Absolute – Vacuum Vlog

Dyson V8 Absolute – Vacuum Vlog
Unboxing and Demonstration Family Style
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Van Gogh’s Cloned Ear

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous in the history of Western art. He suffered from mental illness and on 27 July 1890, Van Gogh shot himself and died two days later. Before that, he’d spent time in a number of psychiatric hospitals and at one point severed his own ear (or lied about his friend Paul Gauguin having done it). Artist Diemut Strobe and scientists from MIT and Harvard have teamed up more than 120 years later to recreate his (ear by cloning) in a living display of the marvels bioengineering.

Ryan Gosling and Knitting?

Ryan Gosling is no doubt a heartthrob. Women adore him, men want to be him. Some men both adore and want to be him. He’s a highly-sought-after actor with an impressive resume, and who knows how many interviews he’s given? In one interview, though, he mentioned having learned to knit on the set of “Lars and the Real Girl,” and he followed it up with this comment about knitting, “If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it.” That was all it took.

Union Pacific 844 – The Steam Engine that Never Retired

Union Pacific’s engine number 844 was the last steam engine built for that line by the American Locomotive Company, delivered in 1944.  It pulled passenger cars until 1957, reaching speeds as high as 100mph.  It’s power output was about 4500 horsepower, so it was equally qualified for freight service, which it did from 1957 to 1959. In 1960, engine 844, along with a similar engine number 838, were saved from the scrap heap in the name of promotional excursions. 844 was restored and 838 was kept for spare parts, although supposedly it’s running gear and boiler are in better shape than those on 844. You can still see the historic locomotive on the rails from time to time.

Electric Cars are Charging Ahead

Electric cars aren’t a new thing. There have been electric cars as long as there have been cars. They’re quieter and usually faster than their gasoline equivalent and there’s very little to maintain, as long as the software doesn’t bug out that is. Tesla, Nissan, Chevy, and BMW have already invested heavily in the technology, with Volkswagen and Hyundai gaining ground. Even Jaguar plans to make an electric sports sedan soon. It seems the general public is becoming more comfortable with the idea of owning an electric car.

Ben Carson – WTF?

Ben Carson is now the Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before that, he ran for President. Before that, he was a surgeon… a highly skilled surgeon with a great education. Education doesn’t necessarily equal smarts. During his first speech as Secretary of HUD, he basically said slaves were immigrants dreaming of prosperity and happiness. Personally, I think they were just dreaming of not being chained to the cargo hold of a boat. How can someone in office be cursed with such shocking ignorance?

Berenstain Mandela Effect

The Berenstain Bears were named after the authors, Stan and Jan Berenstain. The books have always said “Berenstain” with an A. Perhaps you remember it being spelled with an E, like Berenstein. If so, you’re not alone. A lot of people theorize this is proof of a quantum effect or time travel. Some say it’s just faulty memory.

Pink Eye

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis as it’s known medically, is an infection or inflammation of the eye, often accompanied by redness, watering, nasty discharge, itching, and frustration. There are five types of pink eye, including viral conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis, chemical conjunctivitis, inclusion conjunctivitis, and bacterial conjunctivitis.

Warby Parker Update

First off – Here’s that podcast episode –
A couple years ago, my vision perfect. OK… maybe it was longer. Recently, my vision got bad without my noticing. OK… I was in denial. My prescription eyewear from a shop were expensive, never fit great, and they wore out quick. Then I broke them. I replaced them with Warby Parker glasses that I ordered online. Then something happened. The coating on the lens started flaking off. It got hard to actually use them, so I contacted Warby Parker about a lens replacement. This is the story of how they honored their warranty, plus bonus footage of the worlds most horrible tripod and a preview of our upcoming Dyson review.

GTFO Evacuation Guide

*NOTE* Regarding the comment about stealing a car – Don’t do that on a general evacuation order pre-disaster of course. I’m not advocating car theft… But if there’s a fast-spreading fire, an incoming tsunami, or gremlins running around everywhere, I still say you’re better off facing whatever legal consequences may happen from taking a car ALIVE than being dead. Oh, and take one nobody’s trying to use, don’t be a freakin’ carjacker. Zombies, fires, monsters, aliens, failed governments… What are you going to do when the poop hits the fan? In the case of a natural disaster, fire, zombies, or giant ants, when you need to evacuate, planning ahead for your escape could mean the difference between life and death. A backpack with the right prepper supplies is key. Get the right survival pack together and your chances are better to bug out.

Here, I’ve done your prepper shopping for you. You’re welcome:
Backpack – UNIQEE Tactical Backpack –
Beef Jerky – Naked Cow Beef Jerkey –
Ramen Noodles – Nissin Instant Ramen –
Water Purification Tablets – Aquatab Water Purification Tablets –
A Canteen for Water – Military Issue 2 Quart Canteen –
First Aid Kit – Forge Weekender Kit –
Duct Tape – 3M Duct Tape –
A Butane Lighter – Scorch Torch –
Maps – US Army Map Reading Handbook –
Extra Clothes that are Light and Durable – Legion of Weirdos Shirt Shop!
A Rain Poncho – Coleman Rain Poncho –
A Sleeping Bag – Tummah Survival Mylar Thermal Bag –
Rope – Rope –
Baling Wire – Hillman Group 20 gauge –
Two Decent Size Tarps – Dry Top 10’ x 12’ Tarp –
A Hat – Columbia Booney –
A Camping Knife – Tac Force –
Disposable Wipes – CleanLife wipes –
Emergency Radio – Running Snail Solar Crank NOAA Radio –
Walkie Talkies – Komvox FRS/GMRS –

Here’s the American Red Cross first aid kit list:

The Breast Lump Scare – Coupledom #109

During a regular checkup, Carolina’s doctor found a lump in her breast. Spoiler alert – everything’s fine. We’re lucky it was just something benign. Actually, finding a lump and having an “everything’s fine” result is a common occurrence. Still, the “not knowing” is like a demon that keeps talking to you about his evil ideas and he won’t shut up. This podcast is about our experience during all the time between the moment of “the doctor found a lump” and “everything’s fine.”

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

Find us on the internet:

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Star Trek’s Theme Song Had Lyrics

“Theme from Star Trek” (which was originally called “Where No Man Has Gone Before”) was composed by Alexander Courage in 1966. It was an instrumental, but exploiting a purposefully-included contract loophole, Gene Roddenberry wrote lyrics for the song so that he could take half the royalties. Oh, and by the way, the first pilot was completely devoid of William Shatner. Oh, and Spock was originally supposed to be red.

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Look Rich with a Used Car

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look like you have a lot of money. Today’s video is about six affordable luxury cars. They’re affordable thanks to depreciation. Look rich with a used car. Oh, and by “Luxury”, we’re not talking Buick or high-end Toyota. This list has the likes of Bentley, Maseratti, BMW, Porsche, and Jaguar.

The Bob Dylan Copyright Extension Collection Vol 1

Bob Dylan and Sony Music released the Copyright Extension Collection Vol 1 50th anniversary boxed set to prevent the recordings from legally entering the public domain in Europe. The album is made up of studio and live recordings from 1962 that had not been previously released. Only 100 copies each of the four-CD-R “1962” set were distributed and only in Europe.

13 Towns with Scary Names

America’s scariest sounding town names, and a few of them are actually kind of scary. With names like Deadhorse, Bloody Springs, Frankenstein, and Fresh Kills, these are some of the most uniquely named places in the country. Some are ghost towns and some are still thriving.

Homtime C1 Digital Alarm Clock Review

Homtime C1 Digital Alarm Clock with Dual USB Chargers and Indoor Thermostat. It’s perfect in simplicity.

Anger Issues? – Coupledom #108

What is anger? When is the line crossed from simple frustration into enmity? This week we discuss our possible anger management struggles, but maybe one of us isn’t as in touch with theirs as they ought to be, one way or another.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

Find us on the internet:

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Japan Plans the World’s Tallest Skyscraper

The Sky Mile Tower is a proposed 5,577 ft (1,700 m) megatall building to be constructed in Tokyo, Japan. Part of an initiative called Next Tokyo 2045 fit was presented by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Leslie E. Roberson Associates.  The Sky Mile Tower is to be built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. This proposed reclamation project with the Sky Mile Tower as its centerpiece is dubbed as “Next Tokyo”. The building is designed to be occupied by around 55,000 people. With this building, Japan hopes to own the record of world’s tallest skyscraper.

6 Comics with Hot Wives and Girlfriends

Everyone knows rock stars get the pretty girls. Did you know that rule sometimes also applies to comedians and comedic actors? The wives and girlfriends of the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, David Cross, Larry the Cable Guy, Emo Philips, and Jonah Hill may surprise you.

Thanks to You!

Just a quick note since there’s no review this week… Wanted to thank you for the support you give and surprising me with this channel’s growth, however modest it may be!

Aches and Pains – But We’re Back – Coupledom #107

Carolina and Christoper are back at the podcasting after a hiatus. Carolina explains what’s kept her away from the mic. The podcast takes a bit of a more personal direction from here.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

Find us on the internet:

Subscribe on iTunes!


The Thylacine – Should we clone extinct species?

The Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, was a carnivorous marsupial that lived in Australia until the 1930s when it was hunted to extinction.  Actually, some believe it’s not actually extinct. There have been reported sightings, but no proof. Meanwhile scientists working for a group called Project Lazarus are hoping to resurrect the extinct species via cloning.

Sexist Ads – Vintage Misogyny in Advertising – Coupledom Podcast Preview

This week we did something a little bit different. Carolina and I set up the podcast gear and had a conversation about various vintage sexist ads. The conversation is very similar to our Coupledom Podcast, which is going through a “reboot” starting Wednesday. Come join us for the Misogyny.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Music & Podcast Mic for Mac or PC

The Blue Yeti USB Microphone is a plug and play microphone with four patterns – stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, and bidirectional. It makes a great podcast microphone, it works fantastic for voiceover work, and it’s acceptable for recording music.
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Capsules: condenser/ pressure gradient
Polar Patterns: cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional, stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Sample Rate: 48kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz)
? Black version is $15 cheaper –

D.B. COOPER – Possibly the Most Successful Hijacker

On Thanksgiving eve, November 24, 1971, a man identifying himself as “Dan Cooper” purchased a one-way ticket on Flight 305, a 30-minute trip from Portland to Seattle. Once on board, he notified the crew that he had a bomb and demanded $200,000 cash, four parachutes, and a flight to Mexico. After a stop in Seattle, as the plane embarked on a southward path, Cooper jumped out of the plane with a parachute. He’s never been found. The D. B. Cooper case has been unsolved for over 45 years.
The FBI files on the case:

Simon – The modern version of a vintage memory game

Simon was a huge hit in the late ’70s. It’s just as fun to play the modern version as it was the vintage memory game. How’s your memory?

5 YouTube Gurus – Grow your channel with the help of these experts

Sources for YouTube tips and advice seem like they’re a dime a dozen, and they are… But here are five experts who stand out in the social media guru genre to provide quality suggestions and tutorials to help grow your youtube channel and grow your brand.
Nick Nimmin –
Roberto Blake –
THiNK Media TV –
Video Creators –
Derral Eves –

Dying on Stage – The Story of Comedian Dick Shawn

Dick’s son Adam interviewed:
Comedian Dick Shawn was a very well known comedian in the 1960s who performed successfully in nightclubs for 35 years. He also starred in several movies and TV shows. His brand of comedy was often similar to that of Andy Kaufman, but before Kaufman’s time. In 1987, he died on stage while performing a comedy routine. Unfortunately, the audience thought it was part of the act.

Colombia Facts #2 ?? More about Colombia

Colombia isn’t probably what you think it is, especially if you’ve never traveled. What you know about Colombia probably comes from movies, TV, rumors, and crappy pieces. The real Colombia is a vibrant and beautiful place with much to offer. Can it be dangerous? Yes, just like Chicago, New York, Detroit, and Oakland. There’s plenty of history and culture to be experienced if you travel there, and you might be surprised to find they have a booming tourism industry! Also, in the more popular areas many people speak English, so you don’t really need to learn that much Spanish. So sit back and take in the fun facts about one of South America’s greatest countries.

The Blackbird – It’s Every Car – CGI VFX Automotive Camera Rig

The Mill Blackbird is able to transform its chassis to match the exact length and width of almost any car. Its electric motor can be programmed to imitate acceleration curves and gearing shifts and the adjustable suspension alters ride height, rigidity and dampening to replicate typical driving characteristics. It helps capture quality footage and data due to its camera array and tailor-made stabilization unit. A combination of high dynamic range imagery and 3D laser scanning generates a virtual version of the environment, producing 100% realistic CG renderings.

Mr Potato Head from Downtown Disney’s Once Upon a Toy ( Disney Springs )

Vacationing in a Disney park is expensive… a small consolation is getting a great deal on Mr Potato Head!

Downtown Disney Orlando
(now called Disney Springs… I got it mixed up in the video)

Downtown Disney Anaheim

Classic Mr Potato Head
Mr Potato Head Bucket
Mr Potato Head Silly Suitcase

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17 YouTube Tips that Work – Grow your YouTube channel

I’ve been combing through all the vlogs and books and guru channels trying to learn how to get Youtube subscribers and increase YouTube views. This video is about the 17 YouTube tips that have been helping me grow my youtube channel. Also, here are the links I mentioned:
Vickie Eisenstein –
vidIQ –
Five YouTube and social media advice gurus I like:
Nick Nimmin –
Roberto Blake –
THiNK Media TV –
Video Creators –
Derral Eves –

German Pilot Spares American B-17 in WWII – Franz Stigler and Charlie Brown

WWII 2nd lieutenant Charles “Charlie” Brown and his crew set off on their first bombing run Dec 20, 1943 in a B-17 Flying Fortress named “Ye Olde Pub”. Shortly into the mission, they were hit by anti aircraft fire and the plane was heavily damaged. Following that, they faced several German fighter pilots, and soon found themselves with three damaged engines, four injured crew, a dead tail gunner, and no radio. Ace fighter pilot Franz Stigler could have taken them down and earned an award, but instead he found himself being a humanitarian.

Google’s Project Fi After One Year – Review

One year in, and I’m still loving the Google Fi service and Nexus 6P phone.

7 Stupid Radio DJ Pranks and Mistakes

The 7 stupidest radio DJ promtions and pranks. From switching prizes to public sex to pranks to just saying awful things, this week we list off the worst radio dj mistakes. From holding your wee to Don Imus and more.

Ciclovia ?? Every Sunday Bogotá Colombia Reserves Streets for Bikes ?

Sundays and public holidays from 7:00 am until 2:00 pm, many streets of Bogotá are blocked off to cars for runners, skaters, and bicyclists. Bogotá’s Clicovia see about a million people participate on over 75 miles (120 km) of car-free city streets.
In 2006, Colombian congressman José Fernando Castro Caycedo proposed a law banning Ciclovia, charging that it caused traffic jams. Ciclovia users and many other politicians protested the change and the proposal was defeated.

Bogotá’s closing these major streets is akin to Chicago closing Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue or San Francisco blocking off Market and Van Ness, but it’s happened every Sunday since 1974. If you find yourself in Bogotá on a weekend, grab a bike and go!

InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

The InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Portable Ultrasonic Diffuser may or may not be a form of therapy, but it does in fact make the house smell nice. Its pretty colors via the LED night light are attractive. It’s also a great night light for kids!
Click here to find the InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser on Amazon
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8 Misattributed Quotes – Einstein Didn’t Say That, Silly!

The internet is full of insightful, humorous, and poignant quotes. The problem is many of them are misattributed. Einstein didn’t say that thing about the definition of insanity. Neither did Mark Twain.

Disgusting Cheese – Casu Marzu – The World’s Most Rancid Dairy Product

Casu marzu literally translates into English as “rotten/putrid cheese.” It contains live insect larvae, specifically the mangos for the Piophila casei cheese fly. The digestive action of the maggots breaks down the cheese’s fats, delivering a more fermented product. The maggots appear as translucent white worms, about 8 mm (0.3 in) long. It’s created by leaving a whole Pecorino outside with part of the rind removed to allow the cheese flies to lay eggs, which later hatch and eat through the cheese, making it very soft. By the time it’s ready for consumption, the typical casu marzu will contain thousands of maggots.

Warby Parker Glasses Online – Review

A couple years ago, my vision perfect. OK… maybe it was longer. Recently, my vision got bad without my noticing. OK… I was in denial. My prescription eyewear from a shop were expensive, never fit great, and they wore out quick. Then I broke them. I replaced them with Warby Parker glasses that I ordered online.

14 Top New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is the time when we all decide to do better for ourselves… for a while anyway. You might make a 2017 resolution to quit drinking or lose weight or travel… you might resolve to make no resolutions. Here’s a list of everyone’s top picks.

Buford, Wyoming – America’s Vietnamese Coffee Stop

Buford, is an unincorporated community in Albany County, Wyoming, United States. It is located between Laramie and Cheyenne on Interstate 80. At 8,000 feet (2,400 m) of elevation, this is the highest populated settlement along the First Transcontinental Railroad and on the transcontinental Interstate 80. The town was named Buford in honor of Major General John Buford, a Union cavalry officer during the American Civil War. In 2013, the town was sold to Vietnamese owner Phạm Đình Nguyên. He bought the town to market Phindeli Coffee, a Vietnamese coffee brand.

Dorco Razors – Eliminate the Shave Club Middlemen

I love my Dorco razor, and not paying a lot for blades!

19 Rock Stars’ Real Names – from Bowie to Gene Simmons to Freddie Mercury

Stage names are a part of the rock and roll business. You can’t be a rock star with a name like Myron Grombacher… oh wait, he’s kind of a well known drummer. But think of how well he’d have done with a good stage name! Most musicians change their name for show business, and here are 19 examples. Bowie to Freddie Mercury to Flea…

Krampus – The Anti-Santa

Krampus the Christmas Devil is the counterpart to Santa Claus. Santa rewards, Krampus punishes. Nicer version of the story say he brings you coal and mud and hits you with sticks. In more graphic stories, he puts children in his bag and carts them to hell. The Krampus myth is a part of the German Christmas tradition, as well as tradition in other countries in Europe.

Amazon Merch T-Shirt Print Shop Review

Amazon Merch is a program that allows you to sell tee shirts on a “print to order” basis. If you sell one, they print one. Come up with your original idea, upload the file, and off you go. There is a wait time and an approval process first, however.

What’s on Santa’s Christmas shopping list this year? (2016 gift giving ideas)

Santa has made his Christmas shopping list, checked it twice, and has loaded it up with goodies! Wanna check them out for yourself for your own gift giving ideas? Here are the Amazon links:
➜ Cars Against Humanity
➜ Amazon Echo / Alexa
➜ Fujifilm Instax instant film camera
➜ Sony Playstation 4 Slim
➜ The Secret Life of Pets BluRay
➜ Hasbro’s Pie Face Game
➜ Dead Sea Mud Mask
➜ FitBit Charge 2
➜ Innogear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
➜ Amazon Fire Stick
➜ Lionel Pennsylvania Flyer Electric Train

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The Cheapest Car in the World – Tata Nano

The Tata Nano is a car manufactured by Tata Motors. Made and sold in India, the Nano was initially launched with a price of one lakh rupees or ₹100,000 (US$1,500). Designed to lure India’s middle classes away from motorcycles, it received much publicity but little acclaim. Although the price of the Nano has increased, considering its current price, the claim “world’s cheapest car” remains true today.

Savage Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

The Savage Lavalier Omnidirectional Microphone is a clip-on mic for DSLRs and smart phones as well as audio recorders and PCs. It’s small and unobtrusive and comes with a 20 foot cable.
*Savage Lav Mic at AMAZON* ➜
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Dangerous Tech that Worked OK – Radium Clocks, X-Ray Shoe Fitters…

Old school ideas like lead paint, leaded gasoline, x-ray shoe fitters, and radioactive clocks might have been dangerous, but they did serve their purpose well.

Amazon Go – Is Amazon’s Robot Grocery Store a Job Killer? announced on October 11, 2016 that they are planning to build convenience stores and develop curbside pickup locations for food. In December 2016, Amazon Go was opened to Amazon employees in Seattle. The store uses a variety of sensors and automatically charges a customer’s Amazon account as they walk out of the store, avoiding cashiers and checkout lines. Amazon intends to open Amazon Go for the general public in early 2017.

“Big Skinny” Wallets

Just a nice simple review about the tiny wallet I love to use. Don’t like a bulky back pocket? You’ll love the Big Skinny wallets!

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8 Under Rated Bass Players

What about the bassists who are extremely successful, but not widely recognized by the general public – under-rated – for their bass playing abilities? Maybe they’re famous for other reasons or just known as part of a band vs. an individual.
Here are the links:
Gene Simmons – Kiss
Paul McCartney – The Beatles, Wings, solo
John Deacon – Queen
Christ Wolstenholme – Muse
Sting – The Police / Sting
Ross Valory – Journey
Simon Gallup – The Cure
Carol Kaye – session bassist:
bass playing 
giving a lesson to Gene Simmons 

Millennium Tower – The Leaning Tower of San Francisco

Millennium Tower is a 58-story condominium skyscraper completed in 2009 located in the South of Market district of San Francisco. It is the tallest residential building in San Francisco. In 2016, the building was found to be sinking and tilting. It has sunk 16 inches and is leaning to the northwest.

Aging Body Issues Rebroadcast – Coupledom #106

Everybody gets old. Everybody falls apart when they get old, some sooner, some later. Grey hair, stray hair, wrinkles, sags, and aches are gaining on you fast. Join us as we contemplate the certainties of life.

Coupledom: Hosted by Christopher and Carolina, discussing adult relationship topics, including domestic issues, money, and parenting without treading too deep into mommy blog territory.

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TheraPutty Stress Toy Putty

Squeeze, pinch, stretch or twist TheraPutty using a variety of different finger, hand and wrist resistive exercises to strengthen hand muscles, improve fine motor skills, and decrease stress. Great for occupational therapists, golfers, tennis players, musicians, weight lifters, children, and the elderly.

39 1/2 Really Dumb Jokes – Silly Puns and Dad Jokes

For the list this week, we’re taking a break from too much thinking and factual consideration. It’s just a list of really stupid jokes. Besides, it’s always good to have a few good silly jokes on hand, right?

Indians Had a Noise Complaint – Thanksgiving Tag Video

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States. It was originally celebrated as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. Well… that’s what Wikipedia says anyway. Funny, they don’t much mention the Indians (Native Americans / First Nation People) unless you really dig.
I was tagged by Vickie Eisenstein:

Schiit Mani Phono Preamp for Moving Coil or Moving Magnet Cartridges

The Schiit Mani phono preamp is just the thing if you have a moving coil cartridge and want great sound without spending a boatload of money. It has four settings to adjust the gain just where you need it to enjoy your music at the right volume. It’s a great upgrade to a vinyl-based stereo systems with moving magnet cartridges as well.

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How to Argue – Rebroadcast – Two Years and Counting – Coupledom #105

Arguments: How do you handle them? Do you fight it out fast or stay mad for a day? What if each person has a different style of arguing? Over the next couple weeks we’ll be doing a few re-broadcasts (with commentary) of the best episodes from the past couple years.

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Mercury Was Used for WHAT?

Mercury (Hg) is the only metal that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure. It’s used in float valves, mercury switches, medical devices, and CFL lamps, and has been used in the past for a variety of uses that were just plain bad ideas; laxatives, baby teething powder, syphilis treatment, etc.

The Aroma of Tacoma

The Aroma of Tacoma is an odor associated with Tacoma, Washington. The smell is similar to the odor of rotten eggs. Many possible causes have been attributed to the Aroma of Tacoma, including sediment in Commencement Bay, sulfur released from the Simpson Tacoma Kraft pulp and paper mill, a rendering plant, the U.S. Oil refinery, or a combination of all of these. In 1996, the paper mill completed a $4million cleanup and the odor has been eliminated for the most part.

Innova 3020 OBD2 Scan Tool

The Innova 3020 is a good basic code scanning tool to help you figure out problems with your 1996 or newer gasoline powered car, truck, van, or SUV.
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Mars – Incredible Facts About the Red Planet

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, is our second-nearest neighbor and the most Earth-like planet in our solar system. Nasa, Elon Musk, and others look forward to a day when we could colonize Mars. People could travel through space to Mars and start a new life. Would you go?

Two Years and Counting – Coupledom #104

Two years’ worth of episodes in, we have a little review session and consider the future of the podcast. Carolina gets the option to call it done, but decides to keep plugging away.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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Ghost Bikes – Roadside Memorials for Fallen Cyclists

A ghost bike is a roadside memorial made out of a bicycle that’s painted white. They’re installed in places where a cyclist has been killed, usually by a motor vehicle. Apart from a memorial, it’s also a reminder to passing drivers to watch out of bikes.
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8 Mind-Blowing Bridges

It’s possible a bridge might have been one of the first structures man has ever built. After all, it’s as easy as laying a log over the span of a ravine. This week’s list is about eight remarkable bridges.

Dog Suicide Bridge
Overtoun Bridge in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland is a gothic stone structure arching 50 feet above a small river below and over the past 50 years 50 dogs have jumped to their deaths from it. Supposedly over 600 dogs have actually jumped, which I guess indicates pretty good odds for survival from that fall… if you’re a dog. Some dogs have even jumped twice.

Oldest Functioning Bridge in the World
The Caravan Bridge over the river Meles in Turkey is the oldest bridge in the world that’s still in regular use. It’s a single arch stone bridge that dates back to around 850 BC. That’s 2865 years-ish! According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, the average designed lifespan of a bridge in the States is 50 years.

An Even OLDER Bridge
The Arkadiko Bridge in Greece is the world’s oldest bridge and dates back to the Bronze age. That’s around 1300BC when King Tut was still in charge.

Running in Circles
The Laguna Garzón Bridge in Uruguay was designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Viñoly. It’s weird circular design is intended to slow drivers down, allowing drivers and passengers to take in the scenery. It also reduces traffic noise and it’s a pretty good bet it’ll end up a popular tourist attraction

Bridge to Nowhere
Azusa California, however, can boast the actual Bridge to Nowhere. It was built in 1936 and was meant to be part of the East Fork Road project in the San Gabriel Mountains. The road was still under construction in 1938 when it was destroyed by a huge flood. After that, the project was scrapped, but the bridge is still there.

The Mount Huashan hike in China is known as the most dangerous hike in the world. It’s officially called Changkong Zhandao “Long Sky Dangerous Road”. It was first built in the 13th century for monks. Now, with the assistance of a safety harness installed in 2005, pretty much anyone is welcome to try

The Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan is known as “The Rollercoaster Bridge”. It spans Lake Nakaumi and was build with a high center to allow boat traffic to pass below it without the need for a drawbridge. Photos exaggerate the slope with telephoto lenses, but it’s still steep for a bridge.

China’s Bridge to Nowhere
The New Yalu River Bridge was constructed between 2011 and 2014 at a cost of about $330million. It was supposed to connect China’s Dandong with North Korea to further free trade relations between the two countries, and it was meant to handle 20,000 vehicles a day. The problem is North Korea dropped the ball on their share of the infrastructure and the four lane bridge ends very abruptly in a field in North Korea.

For the full story, check out the video!

Thumbnail photo: Creative Commons 2.0 Jimmy Baikovicius

The Alaskan Ice Monster – A Lesson in Critical Thinking

The Internet has gone crazy for a new monster, apparently we’ve grown bored of clowns and we’ve moved on to a mysterious sea creature in a river in Alaska.

It all started with a 21 second video clip of what appears to be a 15 foot ice-covered creature swimming upstream in an undulating fashion. Undulating, by the way, means to move in a wavelike fashion; that will be important later.

Inferred credibility grew out of the fact that the video was originally posted on the Facebook page of Alaska’s Bureau of Land Management, part of the United States Department of the Interior, a government agency. The caption of the video was, “Our Fairbanks employees captured this strange ‘thing’ swimming in the Chena River in Fairbanks.”

It’s exciting to think that a new creature has been discovered. It’s also exciting when things are mysterious, we’re compelled to want to know more, our brains are just wired that way. What’s in the water in the video looks somewhat like a creature moving against the current. Also, the Facebook post referred to it as a “thing” and said it was “swimming”, which further misdirects the brain into believing a new sea monster has been discovered.

There’s an idea called “Occam’s razor”, which was described by a guy named William who probably owned a razor because beards were out of fashion in his day. In philosophy, a “razor” is a principle that allows one to discard (“shave off”) assumptions and unlikely explanations for a phenomenon.

Let’s start shaving.

Firstly, the original video is only 21 seconds long and the “full length” video is just over a minute. Both versions of the video cut before the “creature” is out of sight. If you saw a strange sea monster floating in the river, wouldn’t you get as much footage as you could? We don’t see what happens after the video clip. Also, for most of the video the image is zoomed in so that you don’t see the “creature” in relation to objects around it. The water rushing over “it’s nose” gives the appearance of upstream movement, but if we can’t really track its position.

Next, the creature appears to be covered in ice, but still moving actively. Ice – which is frozen water – is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, 0 degrees celsius. Most animals that aren’t mammals or birds are unable to produce body heat, their temperature is regulated by the environment. They’re called ectotherms, or “cold-blooded” animals. Large reptiles and snakes cannot live in freezing water, as their metabolism would stop. Cold-blooded animals that do survive in extreme cold environments do so by placing themselves in a state of torpor, which means they slow their metabolism and stop moving. It’s almost like the “suspended animation” you see in sci-fi movies. Almost. Torpor greatly reduces their body’s energy needs. Fish in a freezing pond will swim down to the warmest spot they can find and just sit there until it gets warm again. Moving would waste energy. This includes giant sturgeons. The “creature” in the Alaska video is moving. Kind of a lot.

Warm-blooded animals in cold environments, especially cold enough to get themselves iced-over, go into a state of hypothermic shock. The heart stops at 68 degrees F (20 celsius). If the Alaska video were of an actual creature, it wouldn’t be warm-blooded, unless it were some kind of new warm-blooded animal who’s body fluids contain a high concentration of antifreeze (incidentally, some fish actually produce their own antifreeze).

The idea of a warm blooded animal that can produce enough of it’s own antifreeze to survive in freezing water long enough to get itself iced-over is an assumption. A big assumption. Another assumption is that this animal has gone undiscovered until just now. Remember our buddy Occam? I mean William?

This “creature” appears to be moving in a wavelike fashion; undulating. What else moves in a wavelike fashion? If you said “water”, give yourself a cookie! As a result of that movement, anything buoyant in that water is going to move with the motion of the waves. Anyone who’s gone for a swim in the ocean knows this.

The “ice monster”, when you shave away the assumptions and unlikely explanations, is most likely a rope that has one end stuck on something to keep it from drifting away. If the rope has been underwater for a while, it would be covered in moss and plant material. The leading edge of this rope creates and obstacle for the water current, and the appearance of motion is due to the water rushing around this obstacle.

If the original video had the caption “look how this rope moves like it’s some kind of creature” the video would probably never have gone viral.

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. Five years ago in Iceland, Hjörtur Kjerúlf filmed a similar “creature” on the river Jökulsá í Fljótsdal. It was dismissed as a piece of fishing net caught on something underwater. Some people still insist, however, that the Iceland “creature” was real, nd it’s a good bet people will also insist the Alaska “creature” is real. The “rope” explanation will probably be labeled a government cover up. Because it’s a lot more fun to believe a 15 foot creature that can survive icy conditions is only just now being discovered

Honeywell HCE323V Digital Ceramic Heater

The HCE323V Digital Ceramic Heater from Honeywell is a space-saving tower with two heat settings and a programmable thermostat. It has a safety motion sensor that shuts off the heater when an object becomes too close; it then turns back on when the item is removed.

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Bill Murray and Tom Hanks – 7 Facts Each

bill-murrayThe website Reasons My Son is Crying posted a photo of a celebrity. Shortly after, the internet was in a frenzy with people arguing whether it was Tom Hanks or Bill Murray. It actually does resemble both actors, but the man in the photo is Tom Hanks.

This week’s List –
Seven Facts Each About Bill Murray and Tom Hanks

– Bill Murray got his start on Saturday Night Live and since leaving the show has guest hosted three times.

– Tom Hanks has hosted SNL 8 times

– Tom Hanks has an asteroid named after him

– Bill Murray has a Galago named after him at the Tigerhomes Animal Sanctuary

– Bill Murray’s Bacon number is one

– Tom Hanks’ Bacon number is also one

– Tom Hanks can be reached through publicly available contact info via his own production company, Playtone Productions, his agents, his publicist, his estate attorney, or his professional attorney

– Bill Murray only fields offers for scripts and roles using a personal telephone number with a voice mailbox that he checks infrequently.

Tom Hanks crashed an engagement photo shoot for a random young couple

– So did Bill Murray

Tom Hanks went to high school in Oakland California

– Bill Murray took over a guy’s taxicab in Oakland California so the guy could practice saxophone in the back seat

Tom Hanks turned down the leading role in Groundhog Day

– Bill Murray turned down Forrest Gump

What Is Funny? – Coupledom #103

Carolina’s sense of humor has a high threshold. Christopher tries to find the low mark, which isn’t really anything new if you know Christopher.

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A History of Hemp and Marijuana in the USA

Marijuana or cannabis is the most readily accessible illegal drug in the United States. Some surveys suggest one in three people have tried marijuana at some point in their lives. Lately there’s been a lot of talk about legalizing marijuana, it’s currently a schedule one drug. Did you know it was once required by law for farmers to grow cannabis?

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Audio Technica ATH M50x Headphones

Audio Technica’s ATH M50x headphones are probably the best buy for the money you’re going to find. Nothing in their price range touches them for performance and build quality!
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Public Toilets – Best to Worst

When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go… but where to go is the question. In this video; public toilet choices ranked from best to worst:

Traditions and Such – Coupledom #102

Traditions. Whether they’re family gatherings for holidays or waking someone up annoyingly early to sing to them on their birthday, they’re a good thing to have.

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Toxic New Car Smell

Did you know it’s smelling your new car good cause disorientation, headaches, and even cancer? Most people love the smell of a new car and go as far as attempting to reproduce that smell automotive air fresheners or fragrances. New car smell is made up of gases that escaped from the materials that went into the construction of your car’s interior.

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Tile Tracking Device Review

I finally got around to doing a Tile review and those guys release the new Tile Mate AFTER when I was mid-edit! DOH! Oh well, the tile is a great tracking device for your keys and probably many other things.
Tile Generation 2 on Amazon
Tile Mate on Amazon
Tiles Slim on Amazon
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California used to be island on maps. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Spanish seems to think California was an island. In fact they thought it was an island paradise.

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Not On Camera – Coupledom #101

Carolina isn’t particularly fond of videocameras. Posing for a photo is alright, especially when she sees it coming. Video, though, requires more preparation for her, apparently.

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All Clowns Scare Some People

Clowns, perhaps you love them, but you probably either hate them or couldn’t care less about them. Purposefully scary clowns in movies didn’t really become a thing until the late 1980s. Obviously if you’ve had some bad experience with a clown as a child you’re bound to be scared of them as an adult, but many kids who haven’t had this experience are equally terrified of clowns.
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The super fast Samsung T3 portable SSD drive has really upped my editing game by freeing up some space on my computer’s main drive and providing a source for audio and video at 450MB/s.
250GB ➜
500GB ➜
1 TB ➜
2 TB ➜
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13 Bands With Only One Original Member

Is your band still your favorite band? There are bands that have been around for years with all of their original members, like ZZ Top and U2. Sometimes bands carry on with a missing member, like The Cars, who last toured without Benjamin Orr because… well… he’s not alive anymore. Some bands have so many personnel changes that only one original member remains.

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Columbus Was a Jerk

Did you know Columbus was an ass****?

Columbus Day is a holiday celebrated… Celebrated? HOW, other than just enjoying a Monday off work? Columbus day is observed by the US and Italy… in Spain and several Latin American countries it’s celebrated without specifically mentioning Columbus. In Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, who was also a jerk by the way, changed the holiday to Día de la Resistencia Indígena – the Day of Indigenous Resistance.

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OXICLEAN Keeps Our Kids From Destroying Their Clothes

Seriously? An OxiClean review? YES!
I’ll review a lens or a phone or something next week (likely the Audio Technica headphones), but this week I’m paying tribute to the thing that’s kept up from breaking open the piggy bank to replace our daughters’ clothes over and over.
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Recognizing Clickbait

You won’t believe what happens next! It will change your life! See it before you die!
You’re on the internet so you seen clickbait. Dubious and vague hyperbole and a photograph or graphic image to draw you in. This week’s list; 11 clickbait phrases.
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Colombia… What the FARC? – Coupledom #100

This week is a little less irreverent than usual. Carolina is still a Colombian citizen, but she’s been in the State over a decade. What she’s hearing about recent developments in her home country is cause for concern. On a side note, how do terrorist organizations end up with such great websites?

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Tesla vs Lambo

Did you know the latest Tesla can smoke a Lamborghini Huracan at the drag strip? The Tesla p100d sedan with its ludicrous battery covered a quarter mile faster than the latest Lamborghini just last week at Palm Beach International Raceway. The Lamborghini Huracan with a base price of $240,000 in the United States uses a 5.2 liter V10 to reach 0 to 60 in about two point five seconds with a maximum speed of 212.5 miles per hour. Yes, we realize most of you would still rather have the Lambo.
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Minions and Man Boobs – Coupledom #99

Halloween is coming up, and since the kids are getting old enough to care about costumes, it’s time to start planning. Halloween is on a Monday, but that isn’t stopping Carolina from coming up with a detailed (ie complicated) costume plan.

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Amazon Dash Button Review

Amazon Dash is a device that allows you to reorder one specific item via Amazon Prime with the simple push of a button. Basically it saves you the trouble of having to go to your Amazon app on your phone or computer. Also if you are the forgetful type, pushing the Amazon Dash button immediately when you notice you’re low on supplies saves you the headache of having forgotten to order that product later.

The dash button connects to your Wi-Fi to send the order the moment you press. Placed them anywhere in your house, for example you might want to locate a button for detergent wherever you store your laundry supplies. Each button has an initial cost of $4.99, but that is credited back toward your purchase placed via Amazon Dash. An Amazon prime membership is required.

Amazon Dash Buttons ➜

10 Best Movie Car Chases

The ten best car chases from movies over the years, in the humble opinion of this editor. Some you’ll expect, and some you won’t. The quick rundown is below… for a more detailed explanation and the reasons you won’t see a couple of your favorites on this list, see the video!

  • Gone in 60 Seconds (original 1974)
  • The Seven-Ups
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Ronin (first chase)
  • Jack Reacher
  • Beverly Hills Cop semi chase
  • Quantum of Solice
  • Bullitt
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Ronin (second car chase)

For a more in-depth take on this subject, click the video below!

Useful Urine

History is filled with people using urine for various uses from whitening teeth to making textiles to cleaning. Urine has been used for making toothpaste and cleaning cookware. The ancient Romans were quite fond of Portugese pee. They even taxed it.

Astronauts on the International Space Station recycle their pee into drinking water… don’t try that at home!

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Bose SoundTrue Headphones Review

The Bose SoundTrue over ear headphones sound really good and are light enough to forget you’re wearing them. The pack small so traveling with them is a breeze. There are better sounding headphones in the price range (namely Audio Technica ATH-M50x) but the Bose are probably best for portability and comfort.
Bose SoundTrue headphones on Amazon
Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones on Amazon

7 Ways You Think You’ll Die (But Probably Won’t)

There are many ways people think they COULD die, but the most likely deaths are due to health concerns and car accidents, not attacks by animals or catastrophes:

  • Snake bite – Even in the country with the most poisonous snakes per capita, India, your odds of dying by snake bite are 0.00096%
  • Dog attack – More Americans are crushed under furniture or household appliances.
  • Bee attack – Even though the CDC says they’re the most deadly animal in the USA, they kill only about 40 people per year. Most of those deaths are due to allergic reaction
  • Buried alive – Being buried alive is extremely unlikely. There probably aren’t any reliable statistics about this, but the fact that most lists of such occurrences include cases in developing nations or decades ago indicates how much of a stretch one has to find examples.
  • Spider bite – Even the most venomous spider in the world, the Brazilian wandering spider, has only been confirmed to have ever caused ten deaths.
  • Plane crash – To even out the odds of dying in a plane crash, you’d have to double the world record for airline bonus miles.
  • Shark, bear, and alligator attack – Fatalities from these animals are so rare, we’ve grouped the three into one category.

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The Ideal Place to Live? – Coupledom #98

It almost seems like Carolina has the wild urge to pack up and switch countries. Her question for the week is “where is your ideal place to live?” Carolina has a surprise… it’s not Colombia.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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Flat Earth – No Trees

In our modern age, when 533 people have been into outer space and we can watch satellites trek across our skies, some people still believe we live on a flat Earth. Some of these people also believe a lot of other whacky stuff too! No really, whacky like 19,000 foot trees once existed but got cut down by 36 foot giant men. Get out your tin foil hats and join us for a look at a flat world with no trees.

Creative Commons Zero Photos

Legion of Weirdos offers the pictures in the “royalty free” gallery under similar terms as Creative Commons Zero with the limitations that you can’t use any of the images for pornographic, criminal, defamatory or degrading purposes; you can’t imply that Legion of Weirdos or any of the models, brands, or anything else in the pictures has endorsed you or your product; you can’t use or redistribute these images on free stock photo websites or apps; you can’t sell and/or redistribute these pictures implying you’re the photographer; and you can’t sell and/or redistribute these pictures as stock photography. You can create awesome work using these pictures without needing to spend a dime and are free to use these pictures for personal or commercial projects. No attribution is required, but it is always appreciated. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact

Samsung BDH6500 BluRay Player Review

The Samsung BD H6500 is a great BluRay player for playing BluRay discs and for Netflix and other apps. For some reason, though, it’s not so great with Amazon streaming video. I’m not alone, I’ve read plenty of other cases where folks are experiencing the same.

If for SOME REASON you’re still wanting this, it’s on Amazon

For streaming Amazon (and now everything else), I ended up buying a Fire TV. Review coming later, but so far, so good.

7 Hotties from Commercials

You’re watching TV, and all of the sudden it’s commercial time. You really should make a trip to the restroom but you’re compelled to keep watching. Maybe for AT&T, maybe Trivago, maybe Wendys… but it’s not for the product, it’s for the people. This week’s list: 7 sexy TV commercial spokespeople.

Uncharted Ultra-Lite Packing Cubes Review

WOW! It’s like drawers for your suitcase. They’re available in blue, sky blue, black, red, gray, and green. If you have a family, buying a color for each family member makes identifying everyone’s stuff a piece of cake. Uncharted Ultra-Lite Packing Cube 3 Piece Set.

Where Does the Passion Come From? – Coupledom #97

Where do we get the passion for things we’re passionate about? Are we born with it? Is it acquired? That’s Carolina’s question for this week’s episode.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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“In Exchange for My Unbiased Review” – A Bit of a Rant

We all love free stuff, right? Of course we do! Things we get for free are way better than things we have to shell out our hard earned dollars to get! Does getting an item for free (or at a 95% discount) bias our opinion of that item? I think so.

*update – 2/26/2017 – Just finding this article again… the good news is since I originally ranted about this, Amazon has done a great job handing the problem!

Colorful Fart Fires

Farts are basically made up of a mixture of six gasses, and three of them are flammable. So yes, you CAN light a fart on fire. You probably SHOULDN’T, but you can. This video explains how that’s possible. But remember, we’re not recommending you try it!

Contour ShuttleXpress Review

The Contour ShuttleXpress jog wheel is the perfect too to speed up my video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut! It also works with a huge list of other software and it’s completely programmable.
Click here to view the Contour ShuttleXpress on Amazon

8 Useless Hillary Clinton Facts

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in for 2016. She was the 67th United States Secretary of State, a United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, and First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She was born in Chicago and raised in the suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois, and this video will continue the story with some less useful facts.

Who Reads Anymore, Anyway? – Coupledom #96

Carolina doesn’t read much. She’d rather watch a movie. That’s not unusual, but she’d like to be someone who reads more often.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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Head Transplants are Coming – Did You Know?

It’s actually possible that the world’s first head transplant could happen in the near future. Will it succeed? Dr Sergio Canavero wants to perform the world’s first human head transplant surgery. Valery Spiridonov wants to be the first patient.

Spigen Bluetooth Selfie Stick Review

Spigen’s Bluetooth Selfie Stick is the perfect accessory for someone wanting a compact and simple device.

Click here to find the Spigen Bluetooth Selfie Stick on Amazon

8 Ways Tech Makes You Lazy

Reading a map, remembering phone numbers, and going to the library all used to be part of normal life. Not so much anymore. Maps are now part of an application you phone does; the same phone that stores everyone’s contact information for you. Your music is chosen for you by a robot on the other side of a wireless digital data stream and the people singing the songs can’t really sing. Nobody reads books or newspapers anymore, they read status updates, tweets, and text messages, which are replacements for face to face interaction and phone conversations. Watch the video below for eight ways tech is making us lazy!

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Kaizen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Coupledom #95

Legion of Weirdos needs to get more efficient. Christopher needs to get more efficient. Carolina thinks she has the answer to all the time management problems we face.

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The Muppets and their Violent Past

One of the first muppets was a murderous psychopath. Cookie Monster used to eat snack crackers, back when he still had teeth. Kermit used to sing about the wonders of cooked bacon!

After first being introduced on a Washington DC television show called Sam and Friends, the Muppets started branching into commercial work. Starting in 1957 to advertise coffee, Muppets Wilkins and Wontkins acted out dozens of violent slapstick skits that would make Moe, Larry, and Curly wince.

Wilkins was a character similar to Kermit the Frog, but with round eyes. Wontkins was a bit more abstract-looking. In most of the commercials, Wontkins would be the victim of some horrible accident or abuse, triggered or inflicted by Wilkins. Guns, guillotines, and bombs often came into play.

Rode VideoMic Me Review

I bought the Rode VideoMic Me thinking it would greatly improve the sound of video I make with my phone. The sad truth is, for most applications, the built-in mic is much better than the Rode.

Click here to find the Rode VideoMic Me on Amazon

7 Dumb Urban Legends

We all love a good urban legend. Some of us even really fall for them, believing Mr Rogers was a Navy Seal, that there’s a ghost hitchhiker on Highway 1, and that they can summon Bloody Mary just by saying her name. This video outlines seven of the dumbest urban legends ever.

  • Paul McCartney died in ’66 …or’67 –
  • Mikey from the Life Cereal commercial died from pop rocks and soda
  • Chevy Nova didn’t sell in South America – Spanish for “no go”
  • Einstein failed math
  • Walt Disney is cryogenically frozen
  • The New York City sewers are crawling with discarded pet alligators
  • Vegas kidney heists

What is “Old?” – Coupledom #94

When someone turns 40, usually there are “over the hill” references made at the office birthday party. Same for 50. Not so much 70. Why, because it’s just awkward? If so, why? Because now that person really IS OLD?

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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Ozzy Osbourne is a Genetic Mutant

Ozzy Osbourne is a Genetic Mutant Who Should Have Died Already. At the age of 15, Ozzy committed burglary, dropping a television set on himself as he made his getaway. Ozzy claims to have started using cocaine in 1971. He was also a smoker and raging alcoholic, claiming at one point to drink four bottles of liquor a day. In 1982, while Osbourne was aboard his tour bus, it was hit by a Beechcraft Bonanza that had his guitarist Randy Rhoads onboard. Ozzy left the bus unscathed, though guitarist Randy Rhoads and two others, who were all on the plane, died in the crash. Also in 1982, at a show in Des Moines, Ozzy picked up a wounded bat from the stage floor and bit its head off and then had to undergo treatment for rabies. He’s snorted a line of ants as if they were cocaine. He fell off a stage, breaking his ankle. He crashed an ATV, breaking his collarbone, six ribs, and a vertebra in his neck. His broken collarbone was blocking a major artery at the time of the accident, which was corrected with emergency surgery. Throughout most of his career, Ozzy used insane amounts of cocaine, LSD, heroin, and prescription drugs, all washed down with lots of alcohol. Statistically, Ozzy should be dead.

In 2010, a company called Knome mapped Ozzy’s genome. They determined that Ozzy is six times more likely than the average person to have a dependency on alcohol but also a higher metabolic tolerance for the stuff; he could process it faster with less health effects. He also apparently had a lower predilection for heroine and nicotine, which is probably why he was able to kick both those drugs relatively (HUGE relatively) easily.

Instant Pot DUO60 Pressure Cooker Review

We used to be a crock pot slow cooker family… Now that we’ve bought the Instant Pot, however, things are changing. We’re mainly using it to cook meats, but have started with rices and lentil dishes too.

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Four YouTube Creators That Need More Patreon Love

Regardless of what your parents or coworkers might think, making good YouTube videos is hard! Planning, lighting, shooting, editing, uploading… not to mention stuff like filling out the description box, linking to social media, and figuring out your SEO chops. But those of us who LOVE it do it anyway. That’s why is so cool. If you see someone playing an instrument on a street corner you kind of EXPECT them to have an open instrument case or a hat or something to pitch money into. A lot of you pitch in money… for some of you it’s regardless of what they’re playing. Patron is a YouTube creator’s open guitar case.

Here are four fantastic creators that deserve more Patreon love (links in the video description):

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Does Size Matter? – Coupledom #93

The age old question. Many surveys have shown the majority of women will answer “no”, but it that really the truth? More importantly, why the hell are a husband and wife talking about it? Isn’t that just asking for trouble?

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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Laboratory-Grown Meat is Coming Your Way!

Meat grown in a laboratory is a reality that isn’t even a decade old, and yet now companies are pushing to get it on the market for us to buy!  Supermeat is working to bring us stem cell chicken while Memphis Meats is whipping up artificial meatballs!

Old School Toyota Pickup Truck Review

Toyota’s Tacoma and Hilux trucks are virtually indestructible, and are of great use for many household, business, or sporting purposes. Generally speaking, older trucks work harder than newer trucks. We’re not afraid to hurt them, because they’ve already been through the wringer.

The Business Manager – Coupledom #92

Carolina is officially taking charge of business manager duties for Legion of Weirdos. Apparently this means more than just balancing the books. What’s a time study?

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Magnets Implanted in Human Bodies

Magnetic therapy devices are the stuff of snake oil salesmen, but there are examples of people using implanted magnets to help or modify the human body. This video explains a couple of ways medical science is using magnets for therapies as well as how some people are biohacking their own bodies with magnets.

Walk Like a Duck part two – Coupledom #91

People tend to default to the negative. There are more bad reviews on Yelp than good, generally. But what if you could change your negative attitude to positive just by ACTING like you’re positive? Plus, for some reason, Christopher brings in a food metaphor for some reason.

Coupledom is a podcast hosted by Carolina and Christopher of Legion of Weirdos, a real couple with real couple stuff to talk about.

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Nest Thermostat Review

The Nest Learning Thermostat is best put to use when you have both heat and air conditioning, at least if you live somewhere that has changing seasons. If you’re into watching your energy usage, you get reports via Google, and it works with Amazon’s Alexa / Echo.
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A Black Cop Joined the KKK

Ron Stallworth was the first African American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department. He also became the leader of the local chapter of Ku Klux Klan by tricking David Duke over the phone.

VTech Write & Learn Creative Center Review

VTech Write & Learn Creative Center has helped our daughter learn to write her name at the age of three. It’s also a great tool for kids to practice drawing and perfect their handwriting skills.

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