27 April 2021

Divertimento #186 (gifs)

Walking through the Rotherhithe tunnel is not recommended
"Shepherd jump" as a way to descend from heights
A child's monowheel (1927), passes through horse manure with ease
How the inside of a ceramic bowl is painted
Sorting eggs on a "chick farm" (not an "egg farm") (see discussion thread)
The American highways in numerical order
Riding down a Swiss funicular (scenic, tho the endless panning is annoying)

Nature and Science
How the epiglottis closes to guard the airway during deglutition
Sand from the Sahara on European snow
A modern aeolipile
Lavawatching in Iceland
This rattleback can only be spun counterclockwise.  Explained here.

Panda having fun in the snow
Bobcat vs. rattlesnake.  I didn't know rattlesnakes make squeaky noises
Crocodile vs. cheetah (crocodile wins)
Tagged blue whale dodging ships
Elephant uses stick to intimidate rhino
Peacock displaying glorious plumage
Australian plague of mice
An Argonaut (Paper Nautilus)
Saltwater crocodiles can swim 18 mph (Olympic humans 6 mph). "Maybe deep down I'm afraid of any apex predator that lived through the K-T extinction. Physically unchanged for a hundred million years, because it's the perfect killing machine. A half ton of cold-blooded fury, the bite force of 20,000 Newtons, and stomach acid so strong it can dissolve bones and hoofs."

Impressive or Clever
How to catch pirhanas
Sisyphus sand art table (ball controlled by magnet under table)
"Antigravity" lego set
Ceramic "puzzle pot" discussed at the via
Great Britain's inflatable army
A squirrel's cache of acorns
Elaborate joineries in a 100-year-old house
Netherlands first responder soldier using a jet suit for maritime operations
The Falkirk Wheel boat lift in Scotland. (info here)

Sports and Athleticism
School custodian aces half-court shot
How figure skaters train to spin
Softball shortstop makes incredible play tagging runner at second base
Full-rink hockey goal
Man windsurfs over an island
Jalen Suggs' buzzer-beater
Bowler converts a 7-10 from the INSIDE of the ten pin!

Falls and wtf
Thief doesn't get away. ("Fortunately the wall broke his fall")

Humorous or Cheerful
The "lawyer cat" Zoom filter mixup
I wonder if the snail does this on purpose just for fun
Lively manhole cover looks like it's having a happy day
Indescribable.  Found at Madame Jujujive's Everlasting Blort.
And E. coli Karen is also from there.

The embedded images for this gif-fest are selections from a gallery of photos of Irish Traveller children, photographed by Jamie Johnson and posted in The Guardian.  Description and commentary on the photos at the link.  Growing up Travelling: The Inside World of Irish Traveller Children is published by Kehrer


  1. There needs to be a better name for a square, a more descriptive one.

  2. Also, my square was shiny like that once, I think it was in the 70s.

  3. Oops, I think you have the wrong address on the Swiss Funicular

    1. Right you are. I always save my links for a couple days until my poofreading team has had time to check the post. Fixed. Tx.

    2. Before you correct me, this has been a running joke on TYWKIWDBI since 2013 -


  4. Well, you learn something everyday.

    The Irish Travellers have an interesting history. Though often referred to as "gypsies," they are not genetically related to the Romani people. The Travellers have been around for centuries, forming their own distinct society sometime in the 16th century. Often discriminated against, especially in educational opportunities for the children, many laws and policies have been passed over the past two decades in an effort to overcome their unequal treatment.

    The Travellers have a secret language, Shelta, which they do not like to share with outsiders. It has been asserted that this language dates back to the 13th century.

    The Travellers refer to outsiders (non-Travellers) as "Buffers."

    There are perhaps 10,000 people in the USA who are descendants of Travellers. The largest and most affluent group is in Murphy Village, in South Carolina. Other Traveller communities are in Memphis, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio.

    Much more at, where else, Wikipedia:


    Also a youtube:


  5. The correct link for "How to catch pirhanas " is https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/lcalln/piranha_fishing/


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