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May 08, 2016

Overnight Open Thread - Mother's Day Edition

Happy mother’s day! If you are a mom reading this, I hope your day was this good:

This day in history

Victory in Europe Day - 71 years ago.

On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.

The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany.

May 8 is also the birthday of David Attenborough, who just fought the internet. And won.

The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite the title "Boaty McBoatface" previously topping a public vote.

A website inviting name suggestions had attracted huge interest, with Boaty McBoatface the runaway favourite.

But Science Minister Jo Johnson said there were "more suitable" names.

Attenborough narrates the BBC’s “Africa,” which contains one of the funniest scenes I’ve ever seen in a nature documentary. To be fair, this isn't a particularly high bar since such documentaries usually feature the real 'circle of life' stuff that Disney keeps out of its movies:


In 1988, May 8 took away writer Robert Heinlein. It's time to re-read “Starship Troopers” and put another pin in your Paul Verhoeven voodoo doll for turning a complex, interesting book into a stupid cartoon of a movie.


These dogs have taken ‘man’s best friend’ to a new level.

The ten best cooking shows on Netflix. Solid list. Includes a semi-new series produced by Netflix:

Chef’s Table is a show produced in-house by Netflix focusing on one famous chef per show. This is really the show for you if you’re obsessed with chefs and fine dining and the sort of mystique of the restaurant industry.

Number one is obvious. “Parts Unknown” is not just the best show on the list, but Anthony Bourdain may be the best reporter working for CNN.

Memorial Day is coming. Here are some grilling guides and recipes to help you master cooking with fire. If smoking is more your style, let Meathead be your guide.

New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hit his first career home run last night, and I think his teammates were happier than he was. You can already remember the moment with a baseball card.

Some of you may want to reconsider that funeral trip to China. Their government has banned funeral strippers:

This week, China's Ministry of Culture told people to stop hiring strippers and vowed to work with police to stamp out the practice.

"This type of illegal operation disrupts order of the cultural market in the countryside and corrupts social morals and manners," the ministry said in a statement.

Commies, man. They just want to suck the joy out of everything.

Goodnight, folks. Remember: if you can't think of anything nice to say...at least try to be creative with your insults. We've got standards to uphold.

Tonight’s ONT brought to you by the trailer for "Rogue One" in Lego:

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