Friday, April 15, 2022

 Greetings and Salutations!

Folderol turns 22 this month. Isn't that crazy? It's now old enough to graduate from college and make its own way in the world!

That being said, we're going to take a little time off to recover from March Mammal Madness and get organized in general. We may take the whole summer off, if we feel really crazy. But the site will stay up and we'll probably be back in some form or other soon. Have a safe and spiffy time, all. See you soon.

Thursday, April 07, 2022


And that's another March Mammal Madness in the books! Now we sleep for a few days.


Wednesday, April 06, 2022

 It's time for the "In Memoriam" part of MMM, where we take a look back at the contenders which fell (or wandered off) along the way! Also check out the links at the end and support the artists, who are absolutely amazing.


Tuesday, April 05, 2022


Behold, the Final Roar! The championship battle takes place tomorrow!


Friday, April 01, 2022

 Happy April! Here we are with our Elite Trait recap!

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, March 31, 2022

 It's the Sweet 16! (Also, you get to hear me screw up a sentence about swordfish and therapsids.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2022

 A little late and a little abbreviated, but here's the summary from last Thursday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

 It was Upset City last night in March Mammal Madness! Come see what went down!


Friday, March 18, 2022

Happy Friday, all! Here's our latest recap of March Mammal Madness. Have a safe and spiffy weekend, and we'll be back with more next week.


Thursday, March 17, 2022


The first night of 2022's MMM is in the books! Here's our recap.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

 It begins! Here's our recap of last night's Wild Card battle in March Mammal Madness. The battles begin in earnest Wednesday night.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Tonight, March Mammal Madness begins, and you'll be seeing our recaps posted during the week!

In the meantime, however, happy Pi Day to all.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

 Hi there. Deep in March Mammal Madness preparation, plus some other stuff, but hey, look, Shackleton's lost ship has finally been found, and it's in decent shape! 

Friday, March 04, 2022

Happy Friday, everyone!

As we gear up for March Mammal Madness, the artist shop has opened with new mugs, t-shirts, etc....and the Rodent Roundtable is part of it this time round! (The concept of MC Marmot on a water bottle strikes me as hilarious.)

For those more into exploring the past, there's WreckWatch magazine, and you can read the latest issue online. 

From Glenna: New music from Wet Leg to take us into the weekend! 

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

It looks like the 2022 baseball season will be delayed, but in the meantime, here's a great article about a law librarian and a softball team with changing rules and excellent recaps! (I wish I was on this mailing list.)

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Greetings! Those of us into spooky stuff may know a lot about the Dunwich depicted in H.P. Lovecraft's story, but did you know there's another, real Dunwich in England, that's partially submerged? It's time for a new slew of spooky stories, I think!

Monday, February 28, 2022

 As we get into March, posts on Folderol will be a little hit and miss, except for March Mammal Madness recaps. However, we're ending February on this very cool story about a Roman mosaic (with Celtic influences, perhaps?) recently discovered in London. In related news, the Museum of London Archaeology looks amazing.

Friday, February 25, 2022

 Hello and happy Friday!

From my mom: This looks like a great place to visit. I'm especially intrigued by the secret room behind the bookcase!

Ernie Smith has a great piece about keeping focus in the middle of everything that's going on around us right now.

And to finish off, Florence and the Machine have a new song to take us into the weekend. Have a safe and spiffy time, everyone. See you next week.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

 The March Mammal Madness is beginning! The servers are a bit overloaded at the moment, but the information is (eventually) there.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Today: explanations! Mostly, anyway.

What is great art all about? (This is a YouTube channel)

What's the latest weirdness in the world? (Not really an explanation, because how can one explain all the world's weirdness? Instead, this is a place to see some examples.)

Monday, February 21, 2022

 Today, art and history.

Who's buried in Yeats's tomb? Probably not Yeats, actually!

The famous bust of Nefertiti is not in Egypt, but in Germany, and it's a long story.

Marcel Duchamp's works are online in one place! Go and visit to brighten up your Monday.

Friday, February 18, 2022

 Happy Friday!

It's been a busy week here, so just one link today. You may have seen the video of a former ballerina remembering her choreography before, but many details were wrong. Here's the story of Marta Gonzales and her dance career, plus the video of her later years which went viral a while ago. 

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

 By now, you have probably heard of Wordle. But have you heard of Worldle, the game which shows you the silhouette of a country and gives you guesses, with hints about how far away your guess is and from which direction? No? Then go check it out!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Apparently, an ad during the Super Bowl featured a QR Code that people could scan straight off the TV. Enough people tried it that it crashed the database. But, more importantly, doesn't this remind people of Silver Shamrock? Don't scan random QR codes, people!

In more wholesome news, we've been doing a lot of birdwatching this winter, thanks to the feeders on our deck, and Birdwatching HQ shows a lot of the same wildlife we see via 24-hour live cams and helpful identification guides to what you're seeing! I got a trail cam for my birthday and so far, it has captured images of birds, squirrels, a cat (ours), people (us), and raccoons. (We're still figuring out the best place to put it.)

Monday, February 14, 2022

 Happy Monday and Happy Valentine's Day! Back soon with links.

Friday, February 11, 2022

 Happy Friday!

There's a game going on this weekend, with all kinds of weird bets happening, including Cincinnati and Los Angeles museums.

March Mammal Madness is stirring beneath the ice, and we'll be back with our rodent friends to recap the action.

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

 Greetings! Here is an artist you should most definitely check out, especially this month: Betye Saar.

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Tis the season for snowplows. Do yours have names? Minnesota recently named a few of theirs, and I really like Ctrl-Salt-Delete.

An update to a link from way back: McBroken is still up and running and telling you which McDonald's machines are NOT up and running.

Closer to home, a nearby restaurant is trying out server robots which look like cats!

And in the wider world, UNESCO has added 35 traditions to the cultural heritage list, all of which are fascinating.

Monday, February 07, 2022

Happy Monday, all!

Via Cassandra: Måneskin has hit the big time in the states, performing on Saturday Night Live. Glam rock isn't dead yet!

Traveling further back in time, MoMA has a film series featuring actresses in the pre-code era of movies. These all look amazing.

Thursday, February 03, 2022

 Greetings. We're here, but weather and other circumstances are slowing us down. Back soon with more links.

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

 Happy February. We're all watching the skies for oncoming weather craziness, but here's something nice and nostalgic. Put in your location and be transported back in time to the early '90s or so, listening to the Weather Channel before it was taken over by, well, everything modern.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Hi all --

It's been a rough month. Do you know what might help? Chinchillas reenacting the Titanic movie!

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. Take care out there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

We seem to be on a "one link a day" kick lately, sorry. And tomorrow there won't be any links at all, because we'll be away from the computer all day! 

Anyway. Today's link is a brand spanking new podcast about the weirdness going on in the 1930s, called "Brother, Can You Spare a Podcast?"

Monday, January 24, 2022

Just one link today, but it's enough to keep one busy for quite a while! Musical mashups are back, and Bill McClintock does a staggeringly good job at combining both audio and video. I think my favorite, so far, is the Metallica/Huey Lewis mashup. Enjoy!

Friday, January 21, 2022

Happy Friday! Via Cassandra, let's go into the weekend with Wet Leg's cover of Madonna's "Material Girl," which sounds nothing like the original. Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

 For the historians: The best thing (so far) about 2022 is that the 1950 U.S. census will be made available in April! 

For the artists and the makers: Check out this mirror sculpture (sculpture? performance? installation?).

For the musicians: If you like Sigur Ros, you will also like Hammock, a band which makes gorgeously melodic music.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

 Being old(ish), I am not much on TikTok, but there are two accounts I follow: B. Dylan Hollis's crazy recipe adventures and, as of yesterday, Mayor Lovecraft. The latter is an actual mayor of an Ohio town and occasionally delves into the spooky world of Ohio (it's true, just ask the Raven Queen or the Loveland Frogman).

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

I'm fascinated by Namibia's Skeleton Coast, and therefore also fascinated with the Shipwreck Lodge. Can you imagine what a stay there would be like?

Friday, January 14, 2022

Happy Friday! A few more random links close out this week. We're taking next Monday off but will be back later in the week with more.

StrangeAgo does what it says on the tin, with all sorts of odd news and reports, but I especially like the weird happenings of a particular year, like this summary of 1912.

Haunted mansions are not exclusive to Europe and Disney; the Midwest has their own! Here's one in Detroit that has all kinds of weird stories.

Have a spiffy and safe weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

 Someday, Thursdays will not be so busy. This is not that day, unfortunately. Back tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

 Hello! We continue with our week of miscellany here.

This article shows my dream job (does anyone want to become a wealthy patron for those of us who want to scour the world for ancestral materials?) and spurred me to join MyHeritage.

Want to know the most popular baby names of 1922? Here you are!

In "it's never too late to start" news, here are the amazing works of art created by Mary Delany, who began making these at age 72.

And lastly, the best maps of 2021, according to the Cartoblographer!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

 Hi! Two quick links today.

Have you played Wordle yet? I'm not bad at it, which I never say about online games!

Why are the colors in movies and TV shows right now so...dreary? Here's an explanation! 

Monday, January 10, 2022

Here's to future days: Some AI-generated resolutions for 2022, courtesy of Janelle Shane, who's now a futurist in residence at the Smithsonian!

For those who'd rather look back: Behold, The London Dead, a great blog about London graveyards and the people in them.

Friday, January 07, 2022

 Happy Friday, all!

Some food news via Zazoo: There's a new Girl Scout cookie this year which looks yummy.

Some drink news: Fresca is joining the mixed drink club! 

Some meme news: Horse Plinko. That is all.

Have a safe and spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Tuesday, January 04, 2022

 Happy New Year, everyone! Let's party like it's 1122, with some help from Hildegard von Blingin's bardcore music, including some truly wonderful covers of songs like "Somebody I Used to Know," "Jolene," and "Summertime Sadness." Check them all out if you can, they're great.