Saturday Morning Cartoons: May 10-16

I think this Parkour video has been around for a little while, but that doesn’t mean it is any less mega-cool.  Worth giving it another watch if you haven’t seen it in a while.

The best of the sad Batman meme.

Firenado.  No further explanation necessary.

Who can resist a little Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes? Not me:

Along the lines of Victorian and steampunk and Sherlock-y things, I aspire to someday buy all my clothes from here.  The high-waisted trousers and braces and waistcoats…gah…

Oh, and while I’m on that theme, here is a truly adorable Victorian couple getting their picture taken:

Now…on to science!

So here’s something wicked awesome.  Apparently NASA is currently conducting an experiment involving the cameras on the international space station.  Rather than paying for a $50M camera, they went to Best Buy, bought a Sony camcorder, and stuck the thing on the space station to see a) how long it would last and b) the quality of video it would take.  They’re live broadcasting their results at the above linked site.

Also, as my brother explained to me, the station orbits the earth about every 90 minutes.  So if you keep the page open in your browser, you get to see a sunrise or sunset every 45 minutes.  And they look something like this:
Which is to say, something like phenomenally beautiful.

And if you’re really lucky, you might get to see the aurora borealis from space, which looks like this:

And in the reverse direction–20,000 Leagues under the sea instead of out in the stratosphere–here are some sea creature things I discovered/people sent me this week.

First, check out this octopus unscrew the lid of a jar from inside the jar.  This is some serious Houdini type shit.

Then, take a gander at these pancakes all in the shape of cephalopods.  Three separate people sent me a link to this page…my love for sea creatures is definitely no secret.

Also, I did some googling around about the dumbo octopus, after a friend sent me the deep sea camera adventure I posted last weekend.  Turns out they are all unstoppably adorable.  Some examples (taken from this site):
Hello, I am unstoppably adorable.
Me, too!
Doop di do…

Historian, novelist, musician, and imagination professional.

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