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Greetings, Nerds, whether you are in the Northeast and cosplaying as a Hoth Snow Trooper or elsewhere watching the snow on TV. We bring you an unlikely convergence of worlds today: national politics, white nationalist wankers, and anime. Plus the usual mix of science, science fiction, and general geekery.

Dubious Assertions About The Masturbatory Habits Of Neo-Nazis

It's the 40th anniversary of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and to celebrate/monetize the milestone, the Pythons have released a brand new Blu-Ray edition of the movie, complete with a whole bunch of previously-unseen Terry Gilliam animations from the Vaults. But because they are kind souls, the Pythons have also released the featurette on their YouTube channel, and here it is, first with Terry Gilliam talking about the scenes, and then with the original sound effects. Gilliam wonders why on earth you're buying another version of Holy Grail, since you've seen it a few million times, and also notes that after Python, his own career went in an unexpected direction, calling himself “the man who could have gone on to become a great animator but was forced into live action film." Enjoy, and feel free to say "Ni!" as much as you need to.

'Extinct' Giant Stick Insects Not Dead Yet

Check out this cool NPR story about the recovery of a species of giant stick insects (colloquailly called "tree lobsters") that used to live only on Lord Howe Island in the Tasman Sea. Thought to have been wiped out by invasive rats that reached the island after a shipwreck in 1918, a tiny population of the things was found on a nearly barren volcanic peak sticking up from the sea 13 miles away. And darned if some Australian researchers didn't manage to breed them in captivity. Now the question is what to do with them: there are far more than can live on the island where they were found, but the rats have thrived on Lord Howe Island and would eat up any attempt to reintroduce them, unless islanders are up for a rat eradication effort. And so, to try to convince the islanders to welcome the critters back, "the Melbourne Museum is mulling over a public relations campaign to make these insects more ... well, adorable, or noble, or whatever it takes," complete with a video of the noble critters hatching, intended to win hearts and minds for the big ol' bugs who really belong on the island:

NPR science guy Robert Krulwich wonders what will happen next:

Will ordinary Janes and Joes, going about their days, agree to spend a little extra effort and money to preserve an animal that isn't what most of us would call beautiful? Its main attraction is that it has lived on the planet for a long time, and we have the power to keep it around. I don't know if it will work, but in the end, that's the walking stick's best argument:

I'm still here. Don't let me go.

We're half ready to adopt a Tree Lobster ourselves, now.

Look At This Dumb Robot That Can Barely Do Housework! Or Crush Us Like Ants...

The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition is pretty proud of its impressive bipedal robot, ATLAS, which can do a lot of cool stuff like stack one thing on top of another, push a broom around a little, and fold a ladder. It can even switch on an upright vacuum and move it around a patch of lab carpet.

But can it love?

While bipedal robots are still in the early stages of figuring out this whole "balancing" thing, and are pretty clumsy at it, you know that someday, their revenge will be terrible. In the meantime, enjoy this video of robots falling down. Laugh while you can, monkeyboys:

The Horrible Video We Were Going to Show You Was Deleted, So Here's A Dildo On A Baggage Claim Conveyor

We fully intended to show you the "Trump Jam," a horrifying performance at a Donald Trump rally by some young unfortunates calling themselves "The Freedom Kids," but lucky you, the briefly viral video was Copyright Notice'd out of existence. Sometimes we doubt EMI Music's commitment to Sparkle Motion. Probably much to the future relief of the young performers.

So instead, courtesy of BoingBoing, here is a video of a sad abandoned sex toy endlessly circling a baggage carousel, somewhere in an unidentified airport. That seems strangely related to the Trump campaign, too, somehow.

[Crooks and Liars / Forbes / NewRepublic / Ms Blog / Open Culture / Gizmodo / NPR]

Doktor Zoom

Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.

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