Friday, February 28, 2014

February 28th, outsourced

Here's another enthralling compilation of (mostly Russian) dashcam and surveillance videos showing amazing near-brushes with death. [HT Jeremy]

A novice spectator of figure skating gives his thoughts on all the ladies' performances.

In other figure skating news, here is an excellent summary of why some people think Sotnikova's gold medal was rigged.

Just who IS Andy's mom (in Toy Story)? This theory is intriguing. [HT Andrew]

How not to name your baby. [HT Lyse]

Downton Abbey's season finale, on Facebook. [HT Andrew]

Language anachronisms from Downton Abbey, presented in a non-curmudgeonly way. [HT Cait, I swear you posted this on fb but when I went back to check it wasn't on your wall.]

This video of a 10-year-old girl trying a ski jump for the first time is the new Happy Of Myself. [HT James]

What we mean when we say "hello." If I meet someone from PDX I often give them the "where did you go to high school?" line because it's an easy way to figure out where exactly they're from in an area that has strange city boundaries. [HT Susanne]


Crys said...

WHAT??? The Olympics are rigged ;) What do you think the deal is with these dash cams you think we have as many crazy accidents here that just don't go recorded or is the driving in Russia just crazier and if it is what is responsible for ice? unclear traffic laws? too much speed? I swear I was more shook up than half the people that got almost hit. Also that ski jump kid really sounds like a boy to me...that pre puberty voice...hearing it every day in this house :)

Bridget said...

OK, do I think the Olympic ladies' figure skating was rigged? No. But do I think Sotnikova benefited from being on her home turf? Absolutely.

I don't know if there are as many crazy accidents in the US. Russia has a ton of dashcams because of insurance fraud so maybe they have the same amount as the US, but they're caught on film more often.


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