If history were a movie, what would be the most egregious plot holes?

Hate that smarmy, too-good-to-be-real Christmas episode of World War I? Annoyed by the lazy montage scene that took us from the first airplane to the Moon in just 66 years? Think "rocks fall, all the dinosaurs die" was just a total cop-out? Here's a fun Reddit thread you will appreciate, pointed out to me by Karen James.

BEHOLD I AM BECOME EERILY GEOMETRIC FROZEN MCRIB DESTROYER OF METABOLISMS


Redditor DJDanaK got this photo of frozen McRibs in situ, marking confluence of pork futures and sandwich-making.

My buddy works at McDonald's and sent me this photo of raw McRib meat.

Blue sky billboard in smoggy Beijing


Reddit user D3cker posted this amazing photo of an electronic billboard showing a gorgeous blue sky in a smoggy Beijing square. No idea if the photo is original to D3cker or whether it's been shooped, but it's pretty sweet contrast, and plays neatly into the China-is-collapsing narrative.

Beijing Tv Sky.


Update: In the comments, m1ck3y posts, "The picture is real—it's from the Atlantic Magazine article China's Toxic City. This particular photo eerily looks like a screencap from Blade Runner."

(Image: China's Toxic Sky, Feng Li/Getty Images)

Counterintuitive truths

Here is a great catalog of counterintuitive truths, collected in a Reddit thread called "What fact do you accept intellectually, but still feels 'wrong' to you?" For example: "How automatic transmissions work. No matter how much I read about it, it still seems like magic." (ohsballer) Cory 11

Haunted Mansion wedding cake


This amazing Haunted Mansion wedding-cake (complete with Doom Buggie cake-topper) featured at the wedding of a redditor called TheSharkFromJaws.

Got married in WDW today. Thought you guys might enjoy a pic of the cake.

Mass anti-surveillance demonstration in DC on Oct 26

Rainey from EFF sez, "On the weekend of October 26 -- the 12th anniversary of the signing of the USA PATRIOT Act -- thousands of people from across the political spectrum will unite in Washington, D.C. to take a stand against unconstitutional surveillance. Groups like EFF, ACLU and reddit are using the event to pressure Congress to stop mass spying -- and dropping off a petition with over 500,000 signatures to show they're serious. There will be speakers, privacy experts, and lots of music - including YACHT, the indie pop duo that's sweeping the nation with its new song, 'Party at the NSA.'" (Thanks, Rainey!)

Lee Billings — exoplanet-obsessed science journalist — on Reddit's AMA

At 3:00 Eastern today, science journalist Lee Billings will be doing a Reddit Ask Me Anything. Lee has been a guest blogger at BoingBoing in the past. His specialty is exoplanets, the worlds that exist beyond our own solar system. Bring him your questions about the Kepler space telescope, human exploration of the galaxy, the likelihood of alien life (and of us finding it), and more.

Excellent goals from an eight-year-old


This list of third-grade goals is presented by redditor Elbostonian as the work of his eight-year-old son. It's a rather ambitious document, but admirably so -- an excellent mix of stupid body tricks, theoretical astrophysics, identity development, culinary adventure, and mystery.

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Fear of clustered small holes


The Trypophobia subreddit is a place for posting photos of things with clusters of small holes or pits in them, like lotus plants, funguses, multi-chambered plants, and strange infections. Trypophobia is the (not medically recognized) fear of "objects with small holes." It sounded weird to me, but after clicking through the first couple-dozen links, I was massively squicked. Shown here, Ethiopian injera bread from Apple Pie, Patis, and Pâté Recipes. Normally, I love the stuff, but in the context, I have to admit, it gives me the frisson.

The most common phobia you've never heard of. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Shark-centric "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit tomorrow!

David Shiffman, a fantastic scientist and ocean blogger, has spent the past week correcting the errors of Discovery's increasingly misleading Shark Week programming. Tomorrow, at noon eastern, he'll be on Reddit for a shark-centric round of "Ask Me Anything". Got shark questions? David Shiffman will have sharp answers.

Marriage proposal by way of a modded vintage console game


A redditor called EquinnoxX wanted to propose to his girlfriend, so he hacked an NES console-game cartridge called Contra so that it delivered the proposal in the course of the gameplay. He changed the character names' to his and his girlfriend's, and then modded the end text to be a marriage proposal (she said yes).

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Spooky two-sentence horror story


A Reddit thread called What is the best horror story you can come up with in two sentences produced this damned spooky entry by justAnotherMuffledVo:

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Solar pays


Redditor Tufflaw has been running a central air-conditioning system "24/7" during the New York heatwave. But the bills were offset by 26 home solar panels by Sharp that took three days to install and were subject to state and federal tax-credits, and will take 7-8 years to pay for themselves. Here is the most recent bill: $6.05. Tufflaw says that there are sometimes months that go by with no bill at all (and one year generated a $20 rebate from the power company!), and adds, "There's also an intangible benefit, feeling good about using a free renewable source of power."

Been running my central air 24/7 lately, especially with the recent heat wave. This is my most recent electric bill. Damn I love my solar panels.

Intellectual jokes

A great Reddit thread asked readers for their favorite "intellectual" joke -- some of the high-ranked ones are really good!

Q: What does the "B" in Benoit B. Mandelbrot stand for?
A: Benoit B. Mandelbrot. (balloseater)

It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally. (Watch_Closely)

I'd tell you a UDP joke, but you may not get it. (ambivalist)

I prefer IP jokes; it's all in the delivery. (ianschenck)

I could tell you a joke about TCP, but I'd have to keep repeating it until you got it. (Razakel)

Werner Heisenberg, Kurt Gödel, and Noam Chomsky walk into a bar. Heisenberg turns to the other two and says, "Clearly this is a joke, but how can we figure out if it's funny or not?" Gödel replies, "We can't know that because we're inside the joke." Chomsky says, "Of course it's funny. You're just telling it wrong." (Saboot)

What's the most intellectual joke you know? (self.AskReddit) (via Kottke)

AT-AT made of single-serving ketchup tubs


Redditor Txmaluda works at a Whataburger and used their little ketchup-tubs to construct an AT-AT Walker during a slow shift. Bravo!

Update: From the comments, robcruickshank sez, "I hope the rebels mustard a defense." I hope so, too, Rob.

Assault walker I made from ketchup packets when I was bored at work. (i.imgur.com) (via Geekologie)