Chirpss: a bookmarklet that makes your website chirp whenever anyone visits or leaves

If you add Chirpss to your website, it will make a chirping noise whenever anyone comes or goes. You have to have Google Analytics installed (it relies on the realtime tracking GA provides) and the willingness to revisit the golden age of hit counters. Read the rest

Dog finally convinced to howl

"It took quite a while to finally get her to howl," writes Hugh Nibley, "and when she did we were not prepared for the majesty of her regal voice."

Is it just me, or is that dog a dial-up modem? Read the rest

Could you pass the chicken test?

To ensure that its graduates can discharge their duties with the absolute minimum of human warmth, Indiana University Police Academy challenges recruits not to laugh when a squeaky rubber chicken is slowly introduced to their field of vision and then squeezed.

I definitely prefer to be policed by the failures! Read the rest

Odd moment with a rubber chicken

It would be gauche of me to explain this wonderful moment of web video, but I feel obliged to protect you from any potential disappointment with respect to the interactions of rubber chickens and ceiling fans. It's a sample from this performance by Vitas, Russia's answer to Babylon Zoo:

(Nor is the the first wedding of Russian glam pop and chickens)

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Frank Welker recording roars for The Lion King

Welker turns up in the credits of seemingly ever cartoon that involves precisely customized animal noises. Seeing him work is a lot of fun, claw gestures and all.

"Great. Yeah, that was good."

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Alarm clock dropped inside wall still going off daily after 13 years

Thirteen years ago, Pittsburgh's Jerry Lynn carefully lowered an alarm clock on a string, lowering it into a wall from the floor above, part of a cunning plan to identify where to drill a hole by waiting for the alarm to go off. Unfortunately, the string snapped, and the clock's been going off daily ever since.

“As I was laying it down, all of a sudden I heard it go ‘thunk!’ as it came loose,” he said. “I thought, well, that’s not a real problem. You know it’s still going to go off. And it did.”

He couldn’t pull it back up, but figured, “Maybe, three-four months it’ll run out of battery. That was in September of 2004. It is still going off every day. And during daylight savings time it goes off at ten minutes ’til eight. And during standard time it goes off at ten minutes to seven at night.”

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Parrot perfectly mimics Google acknowledgement noise

I laboriously prepared the following accurate transcript of this video of an African Gray parrot.

WOMAN: OK Google

BIRD: Bloop!

WOMAN: Good job

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Deep Sadness

Deep Sadness is an interactive art thingy online. Click the shape to generate a new shape and a sad noise. The vibe is vaguely hauntological, like something you saw once on BB2 at 3 a.m. in 19A0 or so, but for some reason was never on TV again. [via Metafilter] Read the rest

Woodpecker vs. metal ladder

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