How to super clean your vehicle's engine bay

Whenever I've gone to a vintage car show, I've often wondered how they get their engines so sparkling clean. Now I know!

This comprehensive how-to video from YouTuber ChrisFix shows exactly how to wash, and then detail, your vehicle's engine bay. It takes about two hours, from start to finish, to get your engine super-shiny clean.

I think his "before and after" engine bay photos are particularly satisfying.

Note to self: Keep this video handy for your post-Burning Man engine-cleaning needs.

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For parents with a twisted sense of humor: the shark stroller

This shark stroller almost makes me want to have another baby. Almost. Instead I'm going to get one to push my cat around (not really, Missy would never have that.)

However, if I were to have another baby or adopt a more cooperative cat, I would totally get the Shark Buggy by baby brand Maclaren. Designed by British neo-pop surrealist Philip Colbert , the stroller gives the illusion that junior is sitting in the mouth of a dangerous predator (which is probably a metaphor for life).

(Cool Mom)

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LA bakery heat-seals ice cream inside of glazed doughnuts

My teeth hurt just looking at the Halo, the new ice cream-filled glazed doughnut by chef Barb Batiste of B Sweet Dessert Bar in Los Angeles. For $5, the bakery will put a scoop of ice cream --vanilla, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, rocky road, chocolate malted crunch, or ube-- inside a glazed donut and seal it together in a warm press.

The brain freeze-inducing treat is advertised as "Hot outside, cold inside, yummy all over!"

Batiste was inspired to combine ice cream and doughnuts by her father Angel, who passed away five years ago.

LAist explains:

He and Barb had a very special relationship; there's a chair marked for him in the restaurant, and Barb has fond memories of getting Thrifty's ice cream with him every other day as a child. His name was Angel, and after he died, Barb decided to honor him by combining his two favorite desserts: doughnuts and ice cream. The circle reminded Barb of a halo hanging above Angel's head after his passing; hence, the halo dessert was born.

If you're in L.A. and gotta have one, bring your sweet tooth and five bucks to 2005 Sawtelle Boulevard.

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How Dr. Dre discovered Eminem

An intern slipped famed record producer Jimmy Iovine a mixtape of then-unknown Eminem. Dr. Dre got hold of it and the rest is history.

In an earlier documentary about their fateful meeting, Dr. Dre describes what happened:

"Well, I first heard Eminem’s music at Jimmy Iovine’s house. He just happened to have gotten Eminem’s tape maybe a couple of days before. He actually got it from an intern that used to work at Interscope. He popped it in and then I heard it. And I thought it was incredible. At this time, I had no idea he was a white guy. I didn’t find that out until a few days later. And I was just like ‘What the fuck is this? I really need to meet this guy.’ The first thing that we did was ‘My Name Is.’ I had already prepared a sample that I thought he would sound great on. Immediately after I put it on he just went ‘Hi, my name is’... When I heard he was gonna start his own label, I thought it was an amazing idea. I was excited to see what they were going to be able to do with it.”

This is a clip from HBO's The Defiant Ones, a new biographical series documenting the "unlikely and wildly successful partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine."

Here's its trailer:

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This South African man set the record for one-handed backflips

South African gymnast Zama Mofokeng has set a new Guinness World Record for "Most consecutive backflips (one hand)."

How many did he do? THIRTY-FREAKIN'-FOUR... in a row!

By achieving this feat, he says he hopes to inspire children to become involved with gymnastics. He wrote Guinness in his application, "I want the government to build us a training centre so our local children can have a place to learn and progress their tumbling."

I came across some interesting information while researching this post. I believe this is the same guy who, just a few years ago, wanted to go to prison so he could get a free education. Read the rest

Audience member shoots off confetti cannon during a comedian's set

During his set at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, comedian Joel Dommett gave a guy in the audience a button that would set off a confetti cannon. He instructed the man, "Just set it off when you think it's the right time in the set, ya?"

Well, they say timing is everything, especially in comedy.

Towards the end of this podcast, Dommett explains the bit.

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Text this San Francisco museum and they'll text you back artwork

With over 34,000 pieces of art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is only capable of showing a small fraction of its vast collection at a time.

So, they've come up with an ingenious way to get it in front of you: right from your phone.

Their art discovery tool is an SMS service called "Send Me SFMOMA" and it's simple to use. Here's how it works:

Text 572-51 with the words “send me” followed by a keyword, a color, or even an emoji and you’ll receive a related artwork image and caption via text message.

I played around with it for awhile. Not everything you input will result in an artwork:

But, when it does works, it's fun to see what gets delivered back:

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Watch these inappropriate TV commercials of yore

Oof, these (sexist, racist, tobacco-filled) ads certainly wouldn't fly today. Yet, while we can see they are obviously inappropriate nowadays, it really wasn't that long ago that these commercials were deemed ok to air on television! Watch'em and cringe.

Stuff like this always makes me wonder, what do we have in our modern-day world that will look ridiculous and old-fashioned in the not-so-distant future? (A lot of things, I'm guessing.)

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This video explains 'The Art of War' in 5 minutes

In just five minutes, this Life Guide video gives a palatable overview of Chinese military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu's ancient treatise, The Art of War. Written in the 5th century BC, Tzu's work is still used to teach leaders today and is considered the world's foremost guide on military strategies and tactics.

Here's some wisdom from the paper:

"A leader leads by example, not by force."

"Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."

"The greatest victory is that which requires no battle."

"When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move."

"The whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent."

"Never venture, never win!"

And of course, this one should be familiar:

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.

Personally, I'm more of a War of Art kind of gal.

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This family announces their overseas move, in 4-part harmony

This might well be the cutest darn thing I've seen in a long while.

In four-part harmony, the Muller family --Thor, Amy, Tesla, and Quinn-- shared some big news. In their self-produced music video, they announced their move out of San Francisco and into the Netherlands.

Thor, the dad, wrote on Facebook, "We have a life-changing announcement to share. It's so big, we're doing it in song. 'Cause that's how the Mullers roll."

The nearly-four minute video titled "Going Dutch" starts, "We're moving... We're not moving to the Presidio or Oakland or Stockton." They then go on to list all the wonderful sights and tastes this cross-continental move to Amsterdam will afford them.

And, one thing they will be giving up, "We are trading in our gun rights for healthcare and Heineken."

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Bill Murray to open 'Caddyshack' restaurant near Chicago

By the end of the year, Bill Murray and his five brothers are set to open a 6,000-sq. ft Caddyshack-themed restaurant near their Illinois hometown of Wilmette. The new restaurant will be located in Rosemont, a village just north of Chicago.

Interestingly, it's not the brother's first eating establishment. In 2001, the six Murray brothers -Bill, Andy, Brian, Ed, Johnny and Joel- opened the inaugural Murray Bros. Caddyshack restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida.

Rolling Stone reports:

Bill's older brother Brian Doyle-Murray wrote the classic movie, which stars Bill as Carl Spackler, the loveably messed-up greenskeeper who's in constant hot pursuit of an elusive, mischievous gopher. Brian found inspiration for the film when he worked as a caddy at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka. Its flagship restaurant and bar in Florida pays homage to its namesake, with a golf-themed menu that includes crispy potato golf balls, salads aptly listed under "the greens" and items from "the front nine" and "the back nine."

The restaurant's slogan is "Eat, Drink and Be Murray." Read the rest

Nails it: Jack Black lip syncs Fugazi

#Fugazi #WaitingRoom #RadOnes

A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Jul 5, 2017 at 12:25pm PDT

Just a man, a camera, a soundtrack, and many awesome facial expressions. Here's Jack Black lip syncing Fugazi's "Waiting Room."

And, this isn't Mr. Black's first lip-syncing rodeo. Oh no. Follow his hashtag #RadOnes on Instagram to see all the songs he mouths like a brilliant maniac.

He's also got a Spotify playlist with the same hashtag. About that he writes, "these are my fave songs of all time. each musical ear morsel has a special place in my mind palace."

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These hairy leg leggings really exist

I'm a big fan of the absurd and even I'm having difficulty imagining why we need these hairy leg leggings to exist in the world.

They are a custom-printed item by UK clothier Contrado and, honestly, I'm going to share the real value of this post. Starting at about $45, you can get a pair of leggings custom-printed with the design of your choice. Anything. I'm guessing you can come up with something better than a "hairy legs" motif.

If the hairy look is your thing, be sure to pick up this tracksuit too.

(Dangerous Minds, Geekologie)

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Fixing the common mistakes most beginner cooks make

My daughter likes to joke that, in our house, if the smoke alarm is going off mom (me) is trying to cook. Guilty as charged! I'm a great baker but a terrible cook.

So, when I saw the title of this Brothers Green Eats video, "15 Mistakes Most Beginner Cooks Make," I stopped in my tracks and watched it. It was all news to me, so I'm sharing in case these tips are helpful to you too.

One commenter listed all 15 cooking fixes:

1. Dry meat off before cooking

2. Make meat even thickness

3. Let seasoned meat sit for at least 10 minutes

4. Controlling heat of pan

5. Enough oil in the pan

6. Preheat pan before adding oil

7. Pull meat early

8. Let meat sit and don't waste juice

9. Prep your veggies and aromatics

10. Create a plan of attack

11. Don't overcook veggies

12. Let your food chill (don't over stir)

13. Season your food

14. Make that shit look nice

15. Practice and you will get better

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Macklemore surprises his grandma with a 'Glorious' 100th birthday

My heart is ten times bigger after watching Macklemore's just-released music video for his new song, "Glorious."

In it, he flies to Modesto to surprise his Grandma Helen for her 100th birthday.

He tells her, "We're gonna do whatever you wanna do."

She replies, "Oh god, I want to do it all."

Game on.

He then drives the new centenarian (in a badass gold Cadillac El Dorado convertible, no less) to a karaoke bar, a thrift store (naturally), the local grocery store (where they race motorized shopping carts), and other stops along the way. All over town, they have good old-fashioned fun, and cause a bit of trouble. When they get back to her house, he's got more surprises waiting for her, including strippers and a giant birthday cake.

Go, granny, go.

Seriously, if this video doesn't make you feel all the feels, you'd better check yourself.

The Modesto Bee interviewed Grandma Helen (Schott) about filming the video:

“I’ve never done this before. You have to be a bit of a nut to do all of this...It was my first time singing karaoke. I’d never been into one of those places where you play all the games either. Everyone was so charming; they’re all wonderful people.”

Macklemore (born Ben Haggerty) wrote in the comments' section of the video:

“Grandma - nothing is more Glorious than you. Happy 100th. Thank you for the Werther’s Originals. The advice. And for being a part of something that I’ll treasure forever.
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Watch this Jewish surf band rock the new 'Gong Show'

I wasn't sure I'd like it, but the new Gong Show is a whole lot of fun. I had been told by some friends who have been watching it that it was perfectly quirky and they were totally right. Then I found out that my friends in the Jewish surf band Meshugga Beach Party performed on the show and that sealed the deal for me. They have quite the schtick, as you'll see in the video.

Minor spoiler alert: Celebrity judge Dana Carvey gave the band a well-deserved "10"!

("Meshugga" is Yiddish for crazy, in case you didn't know.)

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Watch this timelapse of illegal 4th of July fireworks over L.A.

Happy Fourth of July Timelapse Tuesday! The best fireworks are in the hood. They are technically illegal, but that doesn't stop much of the city from getting down. This is a blend of a short video and an hour long timelapse made up of 800 photos on a Rokinon 50mm and Canon 6D. The music is from my super talented friend ARWon (check my profile for his SoundCloud). . . #westcoast_exposures #WeOwnTheNight_la #wheream_i_la #intheheartofthecity #igbest_shotz #igpodium_night #ig_color #ig_masterpiece #instashooterz #ig_exquisite #ig_shotz_le #allmediumsaccepted #ABC7Eyewitness #discoverla #dtla #global_hotshotz #jaw_dropping_shots #losangeles_city #losangeles_la #longexpoelite #losangeles #lastory #best_timelapse #conquer_la #nightphotography #night_shooterz #NBC4You #heatercentral #uglagrammers #in_losangeles

A post shared by Kevin Greene (@thekevingreene) on Jul 4, 2017 at 10:02am PDT

Photographer Kevin Greene created this amazing timelapse using photographs of illegal Fourth of July fireworks going off in Los Angeles. To get the series of shots, he traveled to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook seven miles out of town.

Wondering why the city in the front doesn't have much action?

Kevin explains,"The foreground is Culver City. Culver City Police Department is super strict about fireworks. Those houses are relatively expensive and in Los Angeles the best street fireworks tend to be in the hood." Check out all his cool night shots on his Instagram. Read the rest

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