Pelicans and World Records


This week I've been thinking a lot about this TikTok meme where a country music song plays and the singer sings "How the hell you spell showfer" and then a reply comes "Chauffeur" and then the singer sings "Ooo fancy pants rich McGee over here, fucc you." The audio is used when people of different economic classes have disparate experiences. You can watch lots of them.

But the audio itself was created by an AI that some people made explicitly to turn text into songs of various genres. I do not know how this works, but it apparently isn't that complicated since there are now many similar tools. Parallel to this is the very long tradition of websites and social media accounts that repost screenshots of funny things that happened on the internet. Now there's a new crop of social media accounts that convert those funny things that happened on the internet to AI-generated songs (often superimposed over people playing Minecraft or Subway Surfers because it helps keep people from getting distracted and swiping away).

An account of that sort found a 2020 Twitter thread (shown below) that was created entirely by accounts that have now either been privated or suspended, but lived on because of those websites that post screenshots of funny things. The video actually contains a bunch of such pieces of content turned into country music, but the "Showfer" one got used in a clever way by someone and is now viral on TikTok and Reels.

This makes me think about a lot of things, but a big one is ownership. Obviously, the people who wrote the original Twitter thread are not getting any credit or any benefit from their words going viral and creating a lot of value for mega-corporations. In fact, I've seen lots of people believing that the "Showfer" song is a real country music song created and hoping they might be able to hear the rest of it!

It makes me think a bunch of other things too, but they all kinda boil down to, "culture is extremely weird and confusing and it is very strange to be an individual inside of an unrecognized superorganism."


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What’s John Reading?

I've just read a book written by a Nerdfighter! It's called A Body Made of Glass by Caroline Crampton, and it's about hypochondria, a disorder that shares a lot with OCD and other forms of obsessive thinking challenges. I loved the book--it's a wide-ranging, relentlessly curious cultural history exploring everything from John Donne's hypochondriacal writing to the author's personal life with hypochondria since recovering from cancer. The title comes from a phenomenon in early modern Europe where many people came to believe that parts of their bodies were made of glass and therefore exceptionally fragile. Someone might develop a belief that their buttocks were made of glass, or that their heart or some other organ was. Crampton explores how our particular obsessive fears are a response to our historical moment, but the underlying impulse seems near universally human.

Commercial flights have become significantly safer in recent decades

Esteban Ortiz-Ospina

According to figures from the Aviation Safety Network, in the 1970s, there were about 6 fatal airliner accidents for every million commercial flights. This meant about 1 in every 165,000 flights ended in a fatal accident.

As the chart shows, this figure has dropped steadily in the last 50 years. According to the latest data, it is now about half a fatality per million flights. This means that, on average, it now takes more than 2 million flights for a fatal accident to occur./

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The Northern Lights

Lots of We’re Here readers saw the northern lights last week! Thank you to everyone who sent us photos.

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This Week at Complexly

Journey into the gravity-defying, sunlight-harvesting world of a plant cell, and take a tour around a busy, life-filled animal cell with new Crash Course posters in both English and Spanish! Available now!

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Liquid nitrogen (LN2) might slow down a T1000 for a bit, and it definitely helps make yummy ice cream during a classroom demo, but it has a lot of applications you may have never considered. Maybe one day it'll help astronauts stay clean, or even power your car!

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Your Favorite Breakfast

As anticipated, we are all passionate about our favorite breakfasts. Some folks sent us recipes and we want to share them with you! If you make any of these, let us know how it goes. We are sharing these as they were sent to us and we haven’t made them, so consider this a breakfast adventure!

Vegan Banana Bread

2 ripe bananas

120 ml maple syrup

4 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

4 tbsp plant based milk

70 g rolled oats

170 g flour

2 tbsp walnuts

2 tbsp cashews

1.5 tsp baking powder

0.5 tsp cinnamon

25 g chocolate chips

Turn your oven on (180°c)

Mash two ripe bananas and mix it with 120 ml maple syrup + 4 tbsp coconut oil + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar + 4 tbsp plant based milk 

Mix the wet ingredients with the following dry ingredients: 70 g rolled oats + 170 g flour + 2 tbsp of crushed walnuts and cashews each + 1,5 tsp baking powder + 0,5 tsp cinnamon + 25 g chocolate chips

Mix everything and add the batter into a loaf pan, cut a banana in half and lay it on top of the batter

Bake it for 30 min then reduce the heat to 150 °c and bake for another 15-20 min

Enjoy the best banana bread, anytime of the day (specially breakfast)



1 block of salt pork

4 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 quart whole milk

2 cups flour

1/2 cup butter

Cut salt pork into bite-sized pieces and fry in a heavy-bottom or cast iron pan. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400F

Beat eggs and salt. Add flour and milk gradually. Don't overmix.

Put butter in a 9x13in glass pan and put in the hot oven to melt the butter. Take it out of the oven before the butter browns.

Pour the pancake batter into the pan and sprinkle the fried pork evenly across it.

Bake for 30-35min.

Serve warm with lingonberry jam.

Rose O.

Savory Oatmeal

1/3 cup rolled oats/ regular oats

1-2 tsp good oil

Pinch of nutritional yeast

Pinch of salt

Black pepper to taste

1 cup water

1 tablespoon nuts ( I like pepitas and cashews)

Optional toppings:

1-2 tbsp plain yogurt

Your favorite Hot sauce ( I like Bomba sauce)

Chopped avocado

Pickled red onion

I like to serve the Oats with leftover roasted veggies, salad, or par boiled Broccoli.

Toast the oats and nuts in oil on med in a small saute pan. Stir frequently to avoid burning. When some of them start to turn light brown and smell nutty, add the water (chicken stock if desired) pinch of salt, black pepper, and nutritional yeast.

Add chicken sausage or leftover veggies to reheat to pan. Put a lid on for 2ish minutes to heat everything through. Remove the lid and cook until all the water is absorbed. Taste.

Poach the egg in a separate pan to desired doneness, or prepare however you like.

Put oats, veggies, meat in a bowl and top with the egg and and any other toppings you want.


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