Host Craig Benzine explains different theories on the origins of the dollar sign “$” in the latest episode of the Mental Floss series The Big Question (see previously). The exact origin isn’t clear, but Benzine describes the most likely theory as well as a few others.
A stunning time-lapse video captured by Alex Schueth shows an undulatus asperatus cloud formation rolling like waves over Lincoln, Nebraska. Undulatus asperatus is not yet officially recognized as a distinct classification by the World Meteorological Organization, but a petition has been filed by the Cloud Appreciation Society for its inclusion in the International Cloud Atlas.
A portion of the video was converted to an animated GIF and posted to reddit.
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Host Jimmy Fallon and guest Andy Samberg made each other guess movie titles based only on incredibly brief descriptions in a game on The Tonight Show (see previously). The game had three rounds where Fallon and Samberg had five seconds, then three seconds, then one second to describe a movie.
“The Missing Scarf” is an award-winning animated short film by director Eoin Duffy that is narrated by George Takei. The film is a dark comedy that deals with some of life’s common fears modeled after a children’s storybook.
Albert the Squirrel makes a startling discovery … an empty space where once his favourite scarf lay. He heads off into the forest only to find everyone else is preoccupied with worries of their own. He helps who he can before moving on but never seems to get any closer to his goal. Ultimately, Albert’s problem is put in perspective by the friends he helped and the problems they faced and overcame together.
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Cookie Monster learns self-control in the Sesame Street parody of The Twilight Saga, “Twilight: Breaking Cookie.” It is the latest in a series of videos by Sesame Street that focus on Cookie Monster learning self-control. The show has created other videos focusing on this theme including a music video for the song “Me Want It (But Me Wait)“and a Star Wars parody titled “Star S’mores.”
Shortbredward is a yumpire with a cookie thirst and Belly is the girl who loved Shortbredward. The problem is that Shortbredward couldn’t control himself enough to share his cookies with Belly. Will Shortbredward ever learn to control himself or will Bacob the Wolf convince Belly to be with someone who has better executive functioning skills? Find out in Twilight: Breaking Cookie!