Did you participate in the Geek Girls Run at Dragon Con this morning? That Taffyta Muttonfudge (Wreck It Ralph) you saw may have been our very own Holly Frey from Stuff You Missed in History Class!

Did you participate in the Geek Girls Run at Dragon Con this morning? That Taffyta Muttonfudge (Wreck It Ralph) you saw may have been our very own Holly Frey from Stuff You Missed in History Class!

stufftoblowyourmind:

It’s difficult to overstate the impact of syphilis on the Western world, and it remains a threat to this day despite effective antibiotic treatments. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie explore the history of the illness and its cultural effects, from powdered wigs and false noses to surgical advances and vampire myths.

Related Content:

Syphilis: The Great Imitator (podcast)

Anti-Syphilis Posters and the Monstrous Feminine

Artatomical: Rembrandt’s Portrait of de Lairesse

Artificial Noses and the Ravages of Syphilis

Monster of the Week: The Syphilitic Vampire

Quarantine (podcast)

Understanding Ebola (podcast)

stufftoblowyourmind:

Doctors have called it the great imitator because this destructive venereal disease can manifest almost any symptom. Initially spreading through sexual contact, Syphilis can remain dormant in the body for decades before flaring up again in brutally disfiguring, debilitating and deadly ways. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie explore the science of syphilis.

Related Content:

Monster of the Week: The Syphilitic Vampire

Quarantine (podcast)

Understanding Ebola (podcast)

Outside Content:

STD Facts - Syphilis

WHO: Eliminating congenital syphilis

Heading to #DragonCon? Some of your favorite Stuff hosts will be there — just look for these shirts! Our logo shirts are also available in the HowStuffWorks store.

Heading to #DragonCon? Some of your favorite Stuff hosts will be there — just look for these shirts! Our logo shirts are also available in the HowStuffWorks store.

missedinhistory:

Hetty Green was the wealthiest woman in the U.S., but her eccentric behavior and miserly ways led to bad press and a less-than-flattering nickname. (And one we’d heard so many times from listeners that both of us were sure she’d been the subject of an episode before.)

Here’s a link to our notes and research.

techstuffhsw:

How to Surf the Web Like a Super Spy

What does it take to make yourself anonymous online? The Internet was made for sharing information, after all — concealing your communications and identity ain’t easy. We’re joined by Ben of Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know to break down why it’s so difficult and what lengths you’d have to go to if you wanted to surf truly anonymously.

[Just want the mp3? Here you go.]

brainstuffshow:

We’ll be at Dragon Con starting tomorrow. Here’s our first pre-show video on How Fandom Works. #dragoncon

missedinhistory:

The Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut, was founded with the plan that it would educate young men, convert them to Christianity, and then send them back home again to spread their new-found religion. Many of these young men were from Hawaii or belonged to to one of the continental United States’ Native American tribes, so the school quickly became known as the Heathen School.

Here’s a link to our notes and research.

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

The Science of Teen Drama

Important back-to-school info for your brain!

stufftoblowyourmind:

Before porting yourself to your favorite convention make sure to watch this special edition of the Information Elevator. Not only will you learn costume pitfalls and tips, but you’ll also be an informed cosplayer with a little added sheen to your freak flag.

And while we’re sharing…

In addition to following Stuff to Blow Your Mind on Tumblr, you can also follow Tumblr pages for the “Stuff” hosts making appearances: 

TechStuff (The Ring ghost - Lauren) 
BrainStuff (Hot Dog - Ben / Oogie Boogie - Christian) 
Stuff You Missed in History Class (Animal - Holly) 

(Source: stufftoblowyourmind.com)

directedbychuckjones:

Tex Avery died August 26, 1980. This tribute by Chuck Jones was published in the Sunday, August 31, 1980 Los Angeles Tribune Calendar section. (Bottom: photographic negative of an original Tex Avery Bugs Bunny model sheet.)

"What Tex taught me was this:

"1. You must love what you caricature. You must not mock it—unless it is ridiculously self-important.

"2. You must learn to respect that golden atom, that single-frame of action, that 1/24th of a second, because the difference between lightning and the lightning bug may hinge on that single frame.

"3. You must respect the impulsive thought and try to implement it. You cannot perform as a director by what you already know, you must depend on the flash of inspiration that you do not expect and do not know. 

"4. You must remember always that only man, of all creatures, can blush, or needs to; that only a man can laugh, or needs to, and that if you are in that trade of helping others to laugh and to survive by laughter, then you are privileged indeed.

"5. Remember always that character is all that matters in the making of great comedians in animation and in live-action.

"6. Keep always in your mind, your heart and your hand that timing is the essence, the spine, and the electrical magic of humor—and of animation."

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

There is a thing called the Hot-Crazy Matrix, and it is terrible. And even more terrible is how many folks think it’s just a joke that also gets at the truth of how women are usually crazy nutbags.

Here’s our response, starring a sauve guy named Dilmint.