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October 30, 2020

Great Argus Pheasant Mating Dance

That's one tough audience.

From growbyginkgo:

Deep in the rainforests of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula lives what some consider to be the most beautiful creature in the world: the male Great Argus pheasant.

Going about his daily business, he doesn’t look like much — basically, a very long wild turkey.

But when he runs into a possible mate, a quite extraordinary transformation takes place.

He suddenly becomes beautiful.

In preparation, he clears a six-yard stage on the forest floor, picking up leaves, twigs, and roots with his little white beak, finally beating his wings to blow away the debris.

And then his dance begins.

Starting off with a neurotic meta-bit, he struts around theatrically, pecking at the clear stage.

Then, in the blink of an eye, he twirls out his wings, transforming himself into a dazzlingly large, intricately patterned circle, and starts performing a pheasant version of the fan dance from Madam Butterfly — vibrating, shaking, and shimmering for up to 15 seconds at a time.

Finally, resuming his old form, he returns to his routine, strutting around, pecking the ground.

The polka dots, washed-out stripes, and swirling op-art waves that pattern his wing feathers are gorgeous, and the 300 pale yellow spots radiating over them, absolutely mesmerizing.

A complicated trick of the eye is at play here.

The spots increase in size as they rise up his wings, creating a forced perspective illusion.

To the hen facing him on the dance floor, they all appear the same size, while their delicate color gradients, shaded around the bottom curve and highlighted on the top, conjure the illusion that they’re three-dimensional spheres, bright glowing golden orbs floating there in the heart of the dark rainforest.

For the duration of his episode, the Great Argus is a nightclub full of sparklers; a piece of performance art millions of years of evolution in the making; a living Yayoi Kusama installation; at the center of which, peeking out behind his feathers, can be glimpsed his pleading blue, small hopeful face.

October 30, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to make diet soda taste less horrible


All these years since Tab came out in 1963 and they're all still yucky.

Last year I started opening cans and bottles of diet soda and letting them sit open inside my fridge for days, even weeks.

I did it because I hate the burn of diet soda untempered by decent flavor.

To my surprise and delight, flat diet soda turns out to taste less like diet soda.

Try it, you might like it.

If you're not happy with the results, you know what to do: email me how much you paid for your unsatisfactory soda and I will cheerfully refund twice that amount.

I will also blow you up by featuring your email as the day's leading boj post.

October 30, 2020 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

NASA Halloween Posters

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Wonderful posters created by NASA for all.

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They come in both English and Spanish.

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Free downloads, the way we like it.

October 30, 2020 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Check-In Desk, Chang Gwang San Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea


[via the Economist]

October 30, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Belly Button Bubble Cleaner



From the website:

Despite being one of the most noticeable spots on our body, we rarely pay much attention to cleaning our navel: just a quick brush with the sponge and off we move to more important parts.


But because of its shape, our belly button can become a breeding ground for bacteria!


If you want to make sure that you have really given that small but significant part the care it deserves, the Hesogoma Belly Button Bubble Cleaner is what you need!

The Hesogoma Belly Button Bubble Cleaner is a carbonic foam that comes in the form of a spray.


This means that it will do all the work with just a push.

Made with a mix of fruit and nut oils (coconut, macadamia, almond, rose hip, and avocado), it not only cleans your navel but also nurtures its skin — and with its bergamot fragrance, it also gives it a fresh scent.


Get rid of all the waste that accumulates in your navel due to everyday life and sloppy cleaning, and feel 100% clean!


Features and Details:

• Contains coconut, macadamia, almond, rose hip, and avocado oils

• Carbonic acid foam for easier use

• Instructions: Japanese

• Bergamot-scented

• 0.7 oz bottle



October 30, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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