The Muppets Perform a Musical Version of the ‘Declaration of Independence’ In Honor of the 4th of July

In honor of the 4th of July, Sam the Eagle does his best to seriously recite the opening paragraph of the Declaration of Independence before he’s interrupted and forced to perform his recitation with a humming chorus of muppet disrupters.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Offers Graphic Demonstrations Showing What Happens When Fireworks Go Awry

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has created a rather graphic video by using crash test dummies to show what can happen when fireworks are handled inappropriately and explosions go awry.

Americans have a longstanding tradition of enjoying hot dogs, hamburgers and apple pie at family gatherings to celebrate Independence Day. Some festivities also include fireworks. Unfortunately, what may seem like harmless fun with fireworks, can quickly turn into a tragedy. In 2014, this became a reality for thousands of families. According to our most recent fireworks report, 11 consumers were killed (up from eight in the previous year) and more than 10,000 (down from more than 11,000) were injured by fireworks. …These reports remind us that improper fireworks use can be deadly to the user and also harmful to friends, loved ones and neighbors. Other fireworks incidents have become deadly when banned, professional or homemade devices are involved.

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The U.S. CPSC has also created a humorous but informational graphic that offers valuable data about fireworks, the injuries that can be sustained and who most often gets hurt.

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Signature Hot Dog Toppings Used by Cities Around The United States

Mashable’s Watercooler looks at some of the signature hot dog toppings used by cities around the United States.

The Star Spangled Banner Played on Eight Floppy Drives

In honor of The 4th of July, MrSolidSnake745 presents “The Star Spangled Banner” played on eight gloppy drives.

The Unipiper Playing the 1812 Overture With Flaming Bagpipes While Riding a Tall Unicycle in Portland, OR

“This Machine Keeps Portland Weird!”

In honor of The 4th of July, here’s The Unipiper playing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” with flaming bagpipes while riding a tall unicycle in Portland, Oregon.

‘It’s Okay To Be Smart’ Explains Whether Flowers or Bees Came First

It’s Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson explains whether flowers or bees came first in a recent episode. According to Hanson, bees essentially exist because of flowers.

Bees and flowers have an amazingly close relationship. Flowers need bees in order to reproduce, and bees need flowers to feed their colonies. Take away one, and the other would disappear too. It begs the question: When it comes to evolution, which came first, the bees or the flowers?

Black and White Tabby Cat Plays Dead When Shot With a Finger Gun

Italian comedian Carmine Migliaccio demonstrates how his beloved tabby cat plays dead with just a single “shot” from a finger gun.

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Head-Banging Cockatoo Dances in Perfect Time to the Classic Queen Song ‘Another One Bites the Dust’

In 2007, Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo kept perfect time as he danced on the back of the couch, banged his head, and generally stomped to the fabulous beat of the classic Queen song “Another One Bites the Dust“.

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A Profile of the Life and Inevitable Death of AIBO, A Robotic Dog No Longer Produced by Sony

A recent episode of The New York Times series Robitica–titled “The Family Dog”–profiles the life and inevitable death of AIBO, a robotic dog no longer produced by Sony. Now that Sony finally closed the last of its AIBO repair centers in March 2014, it is only a matter of time before there are no more parts to repair the critters.

They didn’t shed, chew the sofa or bite the postman, but for thousands of people Sony’s Aibo robotic dog was the closest thing to a real canine companion. So when the Japanese company stopped servicing the robots last year, eight years after it ended production, owners faced a wrenching prospect: that their aging “pets” would break down for good.