Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Penguins - Spy in the Huddle

PBS premiered a 3-part mini-series called Penguins: Spy in the Huddle on Wednesday night and OH MY GOODNESS IT WAS SO AMUSING! Researchers made animatronic penguin cameras and sent them out to mingle with real penguins to get a better sense of what penguin life is like. Here’s the description of the show from PBS’s website:

For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature’s most devoted parents bringing up their young against the most extraordinary odds is revealed as never before.

If you missed the first episode, you can stream it online on PBS’s website. The next two parts will be available on PBS over the next two Wednesdays at 8pm.

Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem

We already knew honey badgers were badass because of 2011’s “honey badger don’t care!” video, but I now have a ton of admiration for honey badgers thanks to this video about an incredibly smart honey badger named Stoffel:

It’s not really explained in the clip, but the reason why they wanted to keep Stoffel penned up was because he kept terrorizing the lions in an adjacent pen. He’d get bored, break into the lion pen, and chase the lions around. :O

You can watch the full Nature episode, Honey Badgers Masters of Mayhem, on PBS.

Smeagol Sings “Mad World”

A couple weeks ago, YouTube user Ijameswalters published “Gollum sings I Dreamed A Dream,” in which he impersonated Gollum/Smeagol from The Lord of the Rings and covered “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. Today, he published a new video in which he sings Smeagol’s version of “Mad World”:

What’s Up with Advertising?

Anti-virus HDMI cable
Photo by rsjac

Advertisers must think the general public is made up of idiots. Who knows, though; maybe they’re right.

“Anti-Virus” HDMI Cable

I saw a post on Reddit earlier this week called “Found this today at work…” (picture on the right). It’s an HDMI cable with the following feature:

“100% Mylar” double shield 1.3c grade cable with anti-virus protection to reduce virus noises and to obtain perfect image transmission.

Yes, an HDMI cable with “anti-virus protection” that also makes your viruses less noisy. I looked online and it appears to be a legitimate advertised feature of this product. o_O

Detergent Advertises Basic Math

I saw another instance of facepalm-worthy advertising on a box of detergent the other day. It was a box of 180 load laundry detergent that boldly advertised “50% more detergent.” Well, 50% more detergent than what? I looked at the fine print on the box and it said, “vs. 120 load size.” Uff da.

“Technology” Catch Word

If you’ve seen any commercials within the last few months, I’m sure you’ve heard the “technology” catch word. I got so overwhelmed by it recently that I started to make a list of the commercials I heard it in. Here is my partial list:

  • Nicoderm CQ – “smart control technology”
  • Mazda – “with revolutionary Skyactive technology”
  • One Touch – “double sure technology”
  • Bridgestone – “tire technologies” & “serenity technology”
  • Bounty – “trap and lock technology”
  • Degree – “with motion-sense technology”
  • Pronamel – “gel-to-foam technology”
  • Secret Outlast Deodorant – “odor-protection technology”
  • Well Tabs – “positive mood technology”
  • General Electric – “advanced cooking technology”

Here are a couple more that don’t use “technology,” but are amusing nonetheless:

  • Bayer Advanced Asprin – “re-engineered with micro particles”
  • Space Bags – “you must be at least 18 years old or older”