A Tribute To Bob Newhart's Character Professor ProtonBeloved comic actor Bob Newhart passed away Thursday at age 94. We remember him fondly as psychologist Robert Hartley in The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s and as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the sitcom Newhart in the 1980s (legendary for the best series finaleever). He was also known to younger viewers as Professor Proton in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory.Professor Proton was actually Arthur Jeffries, Ph.D. but he had hosted a children's science show that inspired Sheldon and Leonard as children to become scientists when they grew up. They later made friends with their idol. Professor Proton appeared in six episodes of The Big Bang Theory. Now TBS will air all those episodes back-to-back in a tribute to Newhart on Sunday, July 21st. Read about Newhart's Big Bang Theory character at Deadline. 
Hand Farting Musical CoversThe German musician der schaelm specializes in the art form of manualism—the art of squeezing air between one’s hands to produce melodious sounds. But back when we (yes, I’m including you) were doing this at eight years old, we called it “hand farting.”There’s a lot that goes into hand farting. The musician must precisely arrange his or her hands and engage differing levels of tightness in order to achieve higher or lower or shorter or longer notes. It can take decades to master the craft and der schaelm has done the work. Here’s his cover of “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M. He also provides covers of songs from the Foo Fighters, Metallica, Slipknot, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.-via Laughing Squid
ASL Interpreters Stealing the Show at ConcertsA couple of weeks ago, Tamberly B posted a TikTok video of the American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at a Ludacris concert. It went viral because her performance was as impressive to the hearing audience as it was to those who know ASL. Watch Nakia Haley-Stuckey perform her magic.
Dungeons & Dragons Postage StampsThe Royal Mail issues a wide variety of special stamps commemorating popular culture, such as the X-Men,Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, Harry Potter, Peppa Pig, and the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Most recently, the government agency issued a series of eight stamps with some of the most famous and dangerous monster from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. They’re available in enlarged versions suitable for framing and display in tasteful homes, as well as actual stamps that you can use to contact old-school off-grid players. My favorite is the mimic, which has become so common in popular culture that it was central to the anime and manga franchise Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End.-via Boing Boing
There: I Ruined It -- Kermit the Frog Sings Snoop Dogg​Dustin Ballard continues his great project to ruin and/or perfect your favorite songs. Most recently, he used artificial intelligences to remix the voice of Jim Henson from 1979’s The Muppet Movie. Kermit the Frog strums his banjo while singing the mournful song “Rainbow Connection.” Except that this time, he’s singing Snoop Dogg’s foul and crude “Gin and Juice.”In this remix, Kermit plans a wild party for his friends consisting of drinking, drugs, womanizing, and irresponsibility. Kermit, as you can see, has lost touch with the leadership values that made him famous and powerful as he embraces his newfound rap career.
Taika Waititi is Remaking Time Bandits for TVTerry Gilliam made the 1981 movieTime Bandits as a time-traveling adventure for children, and it has become a classic in the memories of a certain demographic group (okay, Gen X). Taika Waititi is in that age group, and (along with Jemaine Clement and Iain Morris) will launch a remake as an Apple+ TV series. Time Bandits is scheduled to comprise ten episodes, with the first two dropping on July 24. Lisa Kudrow leads the cast, and Waititi cast himself as God. The trailer sparked a discussion at Metafilter about the differences in a production from 1981 and 2024, and the questionable necessity and wisdom of remaking beloved stories. There are links to several controversies surrounding the new Time Bandits. They also pull apart the original, with an ending that parents and children saw very differently.