Parrot at the Ministry of Funny Walks

"Cute Caique Parrot Bird Silly Walk" [via] is among the highlights from a YouTube channel dedicated largely to the adorable exploits of parrots.

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The story behind 'Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)'

In the summer of 1972, the song "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) by New Jersey bar band Looking Glass took the charts by surprise. Now considered a classic and one of the best songs ever written, it almost didn't get air time.

Elliot Lurie wrote and composed the number one hit and tells its story in this 2016 interview. In it, he debunks the many rumors surrounding the song, including that it was inspired by the true story of a real spinster named Mary Ellis who had a hot romance with a sailor. It wasn't, Lurie claims. It's a complete work of fiction.

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Advice on raising resilient kids by author Adam Grant

In this Atlantic video, organizational psychologist and dad of three Adam Grant shares why helicopter parenting isn't helping our kids in the long run (duh) and shares advice on raising more resilient kids. I think his advice is spot-on, even if you aren't a parent. It's a good reminder of how we all can weather life's setbacks and "bounce back" stronger.

Related: Late last year, Grant gave a TED Talk that asked the question, "Are you a Giver or a Taker?" that's really worth a watch. It inspired me to read his 2013 book, Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success, which validated my lifelong love of being a "giver." Read the rest

Hear the sublime isolated vocals for the Beach Boys' 'Wouldn't it Be Nice'

Wouldn't it be nice if we could hear just the vocals on the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't it Be Nice" track? We wouldn't have to wait so long because someone has already removed the tunes and made a video of this a cappella version of their iconic song.

You may even give thanks for the happy times together we've been spending after hearing it.

Thanks, Mable!

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The Funn Machine is headed to the Oregon Eclipse Festival

Dan Das Mann's fork lift gone crazy will be celebrating the coming eclipse at The Oregon Eclipse Festival!

There has been no shortage of eclipse coverage on Boing Boing, over the last few days. When Dan called asking if I wanted to join his Funn Machine team at the festival in Oregon, how could I say no?

Dan has spent the last few decades making things that delight festival attendees. From gigantic structures at Burning Man to a disco-ball and laser laden backpack, Dan's creations are always a blast. He's even helped us out at few Boing Boing events!

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Watch: Driver confuses stairs for parking garage, then forgets emergency brake

Oops! A driver in Santiago, Chile made two stupid mistakes at once when she tried to park. First, she confuses steps leading into a building for a parking lot entrance. Then she either forgets to put it in park or to apply the emergency brake.

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Hey, this ice cream don’t melt!

Ugh, the “dog days of summer” are upon us. It’s hot, with cities in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest reaching record-breaking temps well over 100 degrees.

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How to bow and exchange business cards in Japan

Ojigi, or bowing, is an important part of Japanese social life. I don't know how to do it. Here's a video shows the three main ways to bow and how to use them in different situations. The video also shows how to exchange business cards in Japan. Read the rest

The (new) Munsters will live in "hipster" Brooklyn

One of the best tv themes of all time will be coming back, if they got the rights. Hipster jokes I can likely skip.

Inspired by the original series, the half-hour single-camera The Munsters, now in development, follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn. (In the original, the Munsters resided at the famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address in the city of Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California.)

Kargman will write the script and will executive produce with Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions’ Meyers and Mike Shoemaker. Universal TV is the studio.

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Tattoo artist makes animated 'flipbooks' by inking multiple people with individual frames

Tattoo artist Phil Berge's handiwork is old school, yes, but some of his tats more than that. They are animated!

How does he do it? At the Tattoo Shack in Quebec where he works, he inks multiple people with one frame of an animation.

For instance, to create that Bart Simpson "tattoo flipbook" (above), he had to ink 19 different people.

This one was inspired by a 1950s Gallo wine commercial and took 11 inked people to animate:

"Bad Mickey" took 13 (naturally):

This one was inspired by a Popeye cartoon short called, "Sock-a-Bye, Baby" and took 17 individual tattoos to complete:

Pretty cool, isn't it? You can check out more of his (mostly non-animated) work at his Instagram.

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Seriously detailed NASA map of August 21st eclipse over North America

Fascinating and detailed map of the eclipse path. Read the rest

How to clean your Coleman stove

I've been in love with Coleman liquid fuel stoves since I was a boy scout. They are nearly indestructible and last decades with some simple maintenance. My old Powerhouse 414 was in need of some love, before serving a group of pals next week, and this video came in handy!

You can run any Coleman liquid gas stove on white gas or unleaded fuel, but the unleaded will clog up the generator after a while unless you have a dual fuel model. I prefer white gas and it stores very well, but the gasoline option is very nice.

If you need one, I recommend the 414 model. While it puts out slightly more heat, the real joy of the 414 over the 425 is space for 2 10" frying pans or pots. The 425 is very crowded.

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Haha! What the heck is this dog doing?

I'm not sure if this dog is looking for snacks in the rug or if it just found a new way to feel good. But it sure is cute! Read the rest

Watch: Train plows into semi-truck that is stuck on the tracks

Not a good day for a semi-truck carrying candy in Locust Grove, GA. The truck gets stuck on train tracks when a train then comes along and plows right through it. Luckily no one was hurt!

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Watch: What if Tarantino Made Spaghetti and Meatballs?

What if Quentin Tarantino made a 1-minute video on how to make spaghetti and meatballs? This would be it! Self-described "freelance foodie-for-hire" David Ma has created a brilliant mini-series of recipe how-tos, reimagined in the style of movie directors.

His other titles, all on YouTube, include What if Wes Anderson Made S'mores?, What if Michael Bay Made Waffles?, and What if Alfonso Cuaron Made Pancakes? You need to see them all! Read the rest

What would happen if you threw a mouse, a dog, and an elephant from a skyscraper?

Why can a mouse survive a fall from a skyscraper, but not a dog or an elephant? This episode of Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell explores size differences in animals, and how it affects their anatomies and physiologies. Read the rest

Jon Snow gets to work

Contains mild spoilers. A good Thrones mashup, from zouru. Dany and her counselors try to plan the war ahead as Jon Snow mines the island for dragonglass. Read the rest

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