The Shirk Report – Volume 502



Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to [email protected]



Improvise – Adapt – Overcome
Three thumbs up
English is weird
Yes Danny!
Never gets old
Me trying to jump into a conversation
We get it you va.. oh my god!
Protip for travelling musicians
I am reborn
I am very badass
As someone who spent a year studying abroad, I can relate
Triple layered 3-D street art
Me vs weekend responsibilities
I’m here for this | and this
Lost in translation
Make weather reports resonate again
Enjoy this face swap
Until next week



Mona Lisa: The theft that created a legend
Termite mound network the size of Great Britain discovered in Brazil
Frankenstein’s paperclips
Pistachios vs. Almonds
Gmail Smart Replies and the Ever-Growing Pressure to Email Like a Machine
Strange waves rippled around the world, and nobody knows why
The Fallacy of the ‘I Turned Out Fine’ Argument
The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?
The Graphic Art of Incredibles 2
Tesla Will Live and Die by the Gigafactory















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The Instagram Account Providing 1980s Hair and Make-Up Inspiration


“I was looking for really good 1980s hair and make-up references for my own personal use,” explains graphic designer and founder of Instagram account @beautybook1985, Laura Wingrove. “I was struggling because all I could find online was people recreating looks that Madonna and Cyndi Lauper had worn. But I wanted something that real women were wearing – not just models and pop icons. So I went on the hunt for the…

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Labour and Lesbian Lands: An Interview with Feminist Artist Carmen Winant


Imagine a feminist idyll. What would it look like? A piece of land, perhaps, bowl-shaped with forested hillsides that slope into a large, beautiful meadow? A place where only women roam? In 1976, the Oregon Women’s Land Trust (OWLT) acquired just such a spot, a vast 147 acres in size; and with that purchase, a radical feminist movement was born. Here, the trust established a ‘womyn’-only community – open to any woman, no matter her means –…

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Absolute Unit Deemed Too Big for Abattoir Will Live Out Its Days Grazing

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Photos of a giant steer have begun to circulate online as Internet citizens around the world feast their eyes on ‘Knickers’. The bovine behemoth stands 1.94 meters (6’4″) tall and weighs an astonishing 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs).

According to owner Geoff Pearson, Knickers’ enormous size has spared him a one-way ticket to the abattoir and will instead live out his days on the farm. The Holstein Friesian now serves as the farm’s ‘coach’, taking charge of the herd and showing others the ropes of life on the farm. Pearson adds:

“You’ll put him in a paddock and all the other cattle seem to get attracted to him. Whenever he wants to get up and start walking, there’s a trail of hundreds of cattle following him.”


As far as cattle go they don't come much bigger than this. 'Knickers' the Holstein Friesian steer is a bovine behemoth that certainly sticks out from the herd. He's 194 cm tall and weighs 1.4 tonnes. Knickers is now too heavy to head to any abattoir.

— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) November 27, 2018


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Global News: Massive cow named Knickers has been deemed too large to eat



On the Street…Tailoring, London




I’m really intrigued by Davide Taub’s @davidetaub work at @gieveslondon !

It’s so hard to put a new twist on classic men’s tailoring but he seams (see what I did there) to be finding a way. I love this jacket reads as very buttoned-up (almost military or like a pea-coat) but (in the next photo) it reads as a normal-ish double-breasted jacket. People that say men’s tailoring is boring just aren’t looking closely enough.


Things Native English Speakers Know, But Don’t Know..



I thought this was an interesting tidbit recently shared on reddit. It purports that native English speakers subconsciously order adjectives without even realizing they’re doing it.

However for those learning English as a second language this order is often taught and explained. For those that can’t read the ‘picture of text’ above, I’ve typed it below:


Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out. And as size comes before colour, green great dragons can’t exist.


[via truckzebra on reddit]



How to Plan an Unforgettable Stag Do

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If you are the best friend of the groom, you may well have been given the job of arranging his stag party.  This is quite a responsibility, but as his friend, you should know what types of things the groom likes and what things he doesn’t. It is still not easy to get it right though, so here are a few things to remember when you are arranging a stag do.

Don’t Get Drunk

As soon as a stag party is mentioned everyone always thinks of alcohol. The problem is that it affects people in different ways. Some drinkers become very happy, but others can get aggressive. You can do something that involves a few drinks, but not where everyone is so drunk they do not remember anything of it the next day.

Don’t Upset The Bride

If you are the best friend of the groom there is a good chance you know the bride quite well too. At some point, she will get to hear all the details and you should not do anything that will upset her. For instance, some brides take exception to there being strippers at the stag party, so this should be avoided if it is likely to be frowned upon.

There are other things that will not cause so much upset, such as a burlesque dancing show. What is burlesque dancing? It is a show of dancers who do not wear a great deal and often a strip tease is involved, but it is far more sophisticated than the average stripping act. This can be a great compromise, as they are on a stage out of reach.

Find Something New

There could be things that you know the groom has always wanted to do but never got round to. His stag do could be the perfect time to arrange this. Perhaps his has always wanted to do a bungee jump, ride on the Orient Express, go skydiving or paintballing. There is no end of activities you could plan to make the party enjoyable for everyone. Just remember not to make it something that you know will not take him out of his comfort zone.

Go To A New Place

Go somewhere totally new and let everyone let their hair down ahead of the wedding. There would be new places to explore, new dishes to enjoy and best of all, if someone does make a fool of themselves, they will not have to face the locals forever more.

Keep The Pranks Reasonable

It is tradition that the groom has some sort of prank played on them, but you need to keep them reasonable if you do not want to cause offence. The whole idea is to embarrass the stag, but you do not want to make him feel isolated or to come to any harm. It could be something as simple as implying that everyone will be dressed in an animal costume, but when he joins everyone else finds out he is the only one.

The stage party should be something the groom remembers as part of his wedding rituals, and it is up to you to make sure it all happens without any hitches.

Peter Jackson’s Restored and Colorized WW1 Film is Unlike Anything I’ve Seen


Produced and Directed by Peter Jackson, the acclaimed documentary, They Shall Not Grow Old, is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen.

By utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies, and pulling from 600 hours of BBC archival interviews, Jackson puts forth an intensely gripping, immersive and authentic experience through the eyes and voices of the British soldiers who lived it.


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Men’s fashion: Trends to watch out for in 2019

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With the new year almost upon us, it’s time to start looking out for what to wear from January onwards. With stores already preparing for the trends that will be flying off the shelves and hangers, we thought we’d take a little look at some of those that will suit your tastes.

The layered look

It makes sense to pile on the clothes during winter, but what about Spring and Summer 2019? You don’t need to worry about being stifling hot next year, even though layers will certainly be back.

A plain or striped t-shirt under smart denim shirts is a look that anyone can comfortably pull off – and also gives you the opportunity to show your personality. Mix it up with colours, styles and designs, and use this versatile, smart casual look to reflect who you are.

Coats and jackets

Leather will last from this year’s Autumn/Winter trends and stick around well into the new year. Choose a smart, classic design, such as a bomber jacket, and wear with a neutral-coloured polo shirt or sweater.

A leather jacket is simply a great addition to any wardrobe. Due to its timeless appeal and rugged durability, it is an item that suits spring mornings just as well as wintery nights, and works well for any formal occasion.

Psychedelic summer

When the weather does warm up, expect to see loose-fitting, multi-coloured designs hit the summer BBQs. Bringing shorts and t-shirts that scream psychedelia, you can really make them stand out by contrasting with plain, contemporary designs elsewhere.

Creating an original look that’s somewhere between the swinging-sixties and more modern, laidback styles, you’ll be able to wear your festival clothes far beyond fences of the campsite in 2019.

Athletic comfort

For hitting the gym at any time of year, there’s nothing better than feeling good and looking great. When it comes to athleisure wear, you’ll still look striking in solid, neutral colours and smart-fit designs.

From comfortable hoodies, to muscle fit t-shirts and tight joggers, there are some designs that are just too good to go out of fashion. A great choice to wear whatever the weather and occasion, brands like Gym King have a stylish range that will look wonderful all year long.

Statement jumpers

Particularly in Spring, a statement jumper will stand out on those dark nights and wintery mornings. Whether the garment will have a bold pattern, a striking logo or a slogan that really shouts who you are, it’s worth having one or two jumpers of this type in your wardrobe in 2019.

When you complement this jumper with a smart, dark jacket and tailored-fit jeans, you can also highlight the look further by wearing trainers that match the jumper’s base colour.

While this may seem like quite a bold look, the freedom of a statement jumper gives you the chance to look either serious or laidback, depending on who you are. As well as keeping you warm during the colder, winter and spring months, this jumper will, as soon as it is revealed, enable you to make a standout, visual impact on everyone you meet.

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