Gimme some stories of goats misbehaving!
...or some eerie spooky stories that aren't gross or horrible
...or some websites with fun interesting stuff for when the news gets me down.
When I was a kid my Gran still had an outdoors loo. It was made of corrugated iron and next to the coal bunker, and when you were using it her - ancient, terrifying, inscrutable - neighbour Mrs Northsworthy would occasionally come out and bang a steel pan on the side. We never worked out whether she strongly objected to the very concept of bodily functions, or just liked to sow terror for its own sake. – sobarel
Do you want to read Mefites' terrific tales of terrifying toilets? Of course you do.
Today on Mefi, a post from zarq about earbud.fm, a "friendly guide to great podcasts," while elsewhere around the site:
The latest Mefi podcast (with special guest Eyebrows McGee!)
And recently on Ask Me, Entertain my ears, smartly!; English-language podcasts from other parts of the globe?; Cozy (but dark) relationships / life advice podcasts?; Podcasts Please; Art history podcast suggestions?; good podcasts about extremely ancient history?; good podcasts about niche / specific interests hosted by funny people?; Ongoing fictional podcasts?; Star Wars podcasts?; Podcasts on addiction and substance abuse?
Please Don't Ursinate in Pool! – Atom Eyes
Shibori's first post about a video of a
home pool invasion by bears is a fun thread with some great anecdotes from nevercalm and Nerd of the North.:
Epic thread on Emotional Labor offers dozens of great stories, academic studies, and personal insights into how our lives depend on constant and under-recognized emotional work, mostly performed by women. Come read along – this thread might change how you look at your marriage, or your parents, or your workplace.
Member rodeoclown shares an incredible story of designing custom Nike shoes along with a young diabetes patient, and the extra lengths they went to make it really great.
One "on the side" project I've been lucky enough to do was creating a special shoe for a 10-year-old boy as part of a long-running fundraiser (for the past 10+ years, Nike has worked with kids from the Doernbecher Children's Hospital here in Portland, letting them design custom shoes, actually bringing them into production, then selling and donating all proceeds to the hospital... ~$8 million dollars raised so far.)
MonkeyToes owns a farm and has learned to do lots of strange things not taught in school, like how to help impregnate a pig:
The key, at least from my end, was to keep her calm and more or less still for the five or six minutes it took my husband to remove the cap from the semen container, fit it into his end of the spirette, and gradually squeeze its contents down the long tube.
In an effort to improve everyone's fitness, MeFi member barchan relates the story of competing for the most daily steps against her parents:
Not long after we started, my parents both started catching up to me, even without the handicaps. This is great! I thought. And because you can't help but compete with your own fitbit, I started upping my daily totals. And so did they. And so did I. And so did they.
For as long as I live, whenever I pass a field of Texas wildflowers; I'll remember summer days spent lying in clover and wildflowers, listening to the trains, watching the sky kaleidoscope, and laughing my fucking ass off while Bill went off on one thing or another. I watched him explain philosophy to a cow once. I'm pretty sure the cow understood. I have never laughed so hard in my life.