A buildup of methane gas from flatulent cows ignited, setting their barn on fire. The NY Daily News headline: “Farting cows blow up barn after deadly buildup of methane gas inside”.

You know The Onion staff is looking around asking themselves how they missed that one.

Time gives us several photos from Christopher Morris of the NYC subway from 1981.

The images that emerged from his months-long project show subway cars being tagged, and stations covered in dirt and grime, but we also see commuters going about their business — reading newspapers, listening to music — beneath advertisements for vacation deals and aspirin.

We Were Told Two-to-Four Inches!

January 21, 2014 at 11:30pm • One comment

Snowy balcony

Ben Zimmer at Slate tries to find the origin of the idiom “screw the pooch”:

Whether the action was feeding, walking, or fornicating, though, all of these early examples were used to mean “to loaf around” or “to waste time” (dogs have often been associated with laziness, as in the expression “dogging it”). Later on, possibly around World War II, “fucking the dog” and its euphemistic equivalents took on a secondary meaning of “blundering.”

I need to use that one more often.

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

— Ernest Hemingway

Pablo Maurer at Gothamist gives us a photo gallery of an abandoned resort in the Catskills.

Much of the resort has been demolished; what’s left has been thoroughly picked through over the years. The cabins and cottages that dot the grounds are unsafe to enter, their floors badly rotted, their roofs a deluge of splintered wood. Nobody is home at the Jennie J hotel, which has been thoroughly torn apart. Every bit of copper and steel plucked from its walls, every bathroom smashed apart.

I’m not sure what it says about me as a person, but I absolutely love destruction porn.

The NYC MTA MetroCard is 20 years old today.

Customers, who for decades had simply dropped a token into the slot on top of the turnstile, had to familiarize themselves with a new method of entry.  Using the MetroCard required riders to master the swipe.  Not too slow, not too fast and don’t lift too early.  Some likened it to delivering a punch to the gut.

After 20 years I still can’t swipe correctly when a train is in or entering the station. Works every time when there’s no train nearby. Typical.

Speaking of the NYC subway, here’s a slow-mo movie of the people standing on the platform while a train is entering the station.

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, LEGO will introduce a The Simpsons set in February, and there will be a LEGO themed episode of The Simpsons in May.

The Simpsons House has been turned into LEGO bricks with detachable roof, modular design, car with dent, the famous family couch, 6 minifigures and so much more…

The set looks amazing; so many elements. However, as a friend pointed out, it looks like Lisa’s saxophone didn’t make it, which is weird since they’ve made a sax for the “Saxophone Player” minifig.

To “celebrate” the 25th anniversary of the movie Major League, Topps will produce baseball cards of the fictitious players from the movie.

That’s right, stars of the 1989 movie Major League will be among those signing for the product — cards styled with the 1989 Topps design and with character names and studio licensing that allows for use of the film’s logo as well as images as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. So far, Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen have signed on for this one. (Could past Topps signer Charlie Sheen be far behind?)

I hope Jobu gets a card.

Dogs in Cars showcases photos of…wait for it…dogs in cars, by photographer Lara Jo Regan.

IS THERE A DOG OWNER IN THE WORLD who does not delight in the delirium of their four-legged friend on a car ride?

Our website aims to spread the infectious happiness of dogs in cars by showcasing the best art, photography, video and stories relating to the topic.

As someone who’s dog was deathly afraid of cars, seeing such enthusiasm is just too cute.