Here’s an incredible story about an unsung hero that, by simply going about its normal existence, is making the world a better place: This dog named Pilot has no idea it is single-handedly supporting nearly every conversation at this party. Absolutely beautiful. This dog may not know it, but it is actively making this awkward party bearable in a major way. Before the party even started, Pilot’s quiet heroism was already at work. A friend of the host’s friend had arrived 20 minutes before anyone else, all but guaranteeing a long, forced conversation that neither participants wanted to take part in. But luckily, Pilot didn’t hesitate to jump up on the early guest immediately, giving the host an easy segue into a reasonably natural talk about the dog’s name, age, and breed just as the panic of an incoming stilted dialogue was setting in. As the rest of the party guests arrive, this dog continues to save the day over and over again simply by walking around and … [Read more...] about Silent Hero: This Dog Has No Idea It Is Single-Handedly Supporting Nearly Every Conversation At This Party
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Even more frustrating than a bad game is a bad game that could easily have been great, but for a few poor design choices. It’s especially frustrating when a developer builds a fascinating world but doesn’t give you anything exciting to do in it, or puts obstacles in your path that stop you exploring. That’s exactly what happens in We Happy Few, a story-driven adventure game that came out in August 2018.We unhappy fewWe Happy Few is set in a 1960s alternate-history Britain in which Germany and its allies won World War II, but the fictional island of Wellington Wells managed to get rid of its Nazi occupiers by making a twisted bargain. The islanders, sickened by what they’d done (I’ll avoid spoilers), turned to pills called ‘Joy’ to banish their guilt, swallowing them from morning to night.The towns of the islands are run-down, and plague-ridden wastrels roam the countryside like zombies. But as you see in the game’s early stages, … [Read more...] about Failure by design: We Happy Few, and five other games whose worlds disappointed
Feuds It's Feud Week at Gizmodo. We're exploring spats, gripes, and fights in tech, science, and entertainment. How do you kill Bigfoot? “You would need a heavy-duty rifle,” according Jim Lansdale, co-founder of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization (GCBRO). “I would suggest a 30-aught-six or better; .458 or something like that. Maybe a seven-mag’. But it’s all shot placement and you’d have to shoot him in the head. You can’t body-shoot him. They’re too big.” Lansdale has thought a lot about killing Bigfoot. He even starred in a reality show about it, called Killing Bigfoot on Destination America. In the recent cannon of Bigfoot-focused pseudoscientific backwood shows and documentaries—including Finding Bigfoot, Discovering Bigfoot, 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty—Killing Bigfoot is the only show that unapologetically promotes Bigfoot bloodlust. It follows Lansdale and the rest of the GCBRO crew as they … [Read more...] about To Kill or to Capture Bigfoot: The Great Cryptozoological Debate
I’m jealous of dog people. You can meet a dog by just walking up to it on the street. A typical dog trusts you instantly. But the average cat must be won over. I talked to three cat behavior experts, who explained why cats are like this, and walked through strategies for making friends with someone else’s cat, even in a single sitting. Treat it like a wild animal Why are cats, even those that have only known humans to be kind and friendly, so standoffish? I knew they don’t have all the selective breeding of dogs. But I didn’t appreciate the scope of this difference until I talked to science writer Tom McNamee, author of The Inner Life of Cats. Humans have been breeding dogs for 100,000 years, he says. Cats have only lived with humans for 5,000 years, ever since North African wildcats started hanging around as ratters. And until the last couple of centuries, “they’ve been hanging around barns,” says McNamee, with none of the selective … [Read more...] about How to Get a Cat to Like You
First of all, I just want to implore everyone to remain calm. I know we didn’t get this out yesterday, when you were expecting it, but things sometimes happen and we need you to remain calm in such situations and not resort to cannibalism, no matter what those memos may have said. The point is we’ve been reading over the problems and questions you’ve sent and have answers for you, so everything’s gonna be okay. Got it? Good. We’re here for you. We’ve got a good database of questions entered here on the Jalopnik Mainframe’s pirated copy of dBase II, and I instructed the compu-tor to select questions based on an algorithm that factors in implied urgency, seriousness of question, the likelihood that the sender would find David or myself “cool,” and David and my current skin salinity (averaged together). The result were these two questions, though I implore you to keep sending yours in! Remember, it doesn’t have to be about … [Read more...] about How Much Weight Does a One-Pound Bee Inside Your Car Add?