Here’s Why So Many Cartoon Characters Wear Gloves

You’re sitting on the couch, watching yet another cartoon. You’ve seen this one a million times, but it’s the only way you can entertain your kids. Bored out of your mind, your thoughts start to wander…

Did I forget to take out the trash? Should I start working on my taxes?

Wait, why does Mickey Mouse have gloves on his hands?

You’ll have to answer those first two questions yourself. But Vox has helped us out with the last question and explains the reasons why cartoon characters wear gloves.


After one of Vox’s contributors watched “An Extremely Goofy Movie” for the thousandth time, she heard one of the characters ask “Why do you think we’re always, like, wearing gloves?”

That sparked her curiosity, leading her to animation historian and NYU professor John Canemaker, who gave four reasons why animators put gloves on their characters:

1. It Saves Time

“Animation of any kind, even with computers, is a very work-intensive or labor-intensive process,” Canemaker says in the video.

Back in the early 20th century, animators had to draw every detail and every scene by hand. At first characters looked like boxes, but then they transformed into a “rubber hose and circle design,” using more circles and rounded edges. This helped animators quickly draw arms and legs without needing any realistic details of other parts of the body, like elbows and hands.

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While they were designing the arms and legs to look like noodles, they had to figure out a way to do the same thing with the character’s hands. Instead of sketching every knuckle and fingernail, they decided to put gloves on the characters. It saved a lot of time and viewers could still understand what the characters were doing with their hands.

Well, sort of.

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2. Black-On-Black Is Bad

When early cartoons were black and white, the bodies of most characters were black, and the background was white. Canemaker says that in black-and-white cartoons, black hands on characters would be difficult to see against their black bodies.

To solve this problem, animators just put white gloves on their characters for contrast. This also explains why most characters have white shoes.

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3. Vaudeville Was Big

Early animators were drawn to the vaudeville acts that were around in the Roaring Twenties. These acts had over-the-top facial expressions and actions, as well as blackface, loose clothing and gloves, and inspired the creation of early cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat and Bimbo.

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4. Anthropomorphizing Is Key

All of these characters were animals, but they were made to do human-like activities to make them more believable, funnier and more relatable.

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In Walt Disney’s biography, “The Disney Version,” he said of Mickey Mouse: “We didn’t want him to have mouse hands because he was supposed to be more human. So we gave him gloves.”


So there you have it! Now that you know, you’ll find yourself fixating on those gloves. We certainly are!

Video Shows How Pills Dissolve Inside Your Body

Have you ever wondered what happens to a pill once you ingest it? You know that when you take a pill it obviously travels through your digestive system, but do you have any idea when, where or how it dissolves? Even if the answer is no, you have to check out this mesmerizing video. It shows you how certain pills break down once you take them—and is just fascinating to watch.

So now that you’ve got the visual, you’re probably wondering what causes this reaction inside your body when you take a pill. Here are the basics: Your stomach is very acidic, with pH levels between 1 and 2. It’s less acidic than battery acid, but close to the pH level of lemon juice.

After you take your pill in the morning, your stomach’s acid breaks it down slowly. Different types of pills break down at different rates. An aspirin pill with an enteric coating, for example, can handle lower levels of acidity in the small intestines. Liquid capsules, on the other hand, dissolve quickly once they come in contact with water.

There’s no need to worry about when or where the drug releases in your body, of course. Drug makers have the pill design down to a science. They’ve engineered each medicine to release at the perfect time and in the perfect location inside your body.

So enough of the technical stuff. Let’s just appreciate the video; it really is pretty incredible.

You Have To Hear This Dad’s Rendition Of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’

Who needs singing competitions when you have your own budding music career thanks to YouTube and Facebook?

Texas dad Kris Jones now has over 25 million combined views of his rendition of “Tennessee Whiskey,” thanks to a video his daughter posted on social media. They were driving around when Jones’ daughter turned on her camera phone and started recording. With the instrumental (or karaoke) version of the song playing through the stereo system, you can hear Jones belt it out and hit those high notes like it’s nothing.

His daughter, having a front-row seat to the action, can’t help but giggle and mime the words along with her talented father. If I ever need a wing-woman, I know who to ask!

In a Facebook Live video, Jones, a 38-year-old father of three, says that he knew his daughter was taping him throughout the song. But he didn’t know she would post it on her YouTube channel, Daylafulla. After it went viral, he was blown away by the reaction to his pipes.

Some said he should try out for singing competitions. He did try out for “The Voice,” but was rejected. But, with the fanfare he is getting on social media, maybe he will decide to give it another shot! Two of his videos, “Whiskey and You” and “Simple Man,” each have hundreds of thousands of views so far.

Growing up, Jones was a part of the church choir. There’s a 30-minute video of him singing “Amazing Grace.” After his start in gospel music, he gravitated toward country music. He loves old souls like Sam Cooke, but he can also sing songs written by Garth Brooks and Keith Urban.

But nothing can top Jones’ cover of Chris Stapleton’s cover of George Jone’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” He might even be able to give Justin Timberlake a run for his money!

Dave Grohl and Daughter Violet Perform Together

Speaking of incredible father-daughter duos, Violet Grohl, the 12-year-old daughter of Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, recently joined her dad on stage to perform a cover of Adele’s song “When We Were Young” during the Notes & Words benefit concert in Oakland, California. We must say — we’re impressed!

Violet had no problem hitting the high notes as her dad accompanied her on guitar.

Watch the awesome performance from the May 12 show below:

Audience members got two for the price of one because later in the show, Grohl’s younger daughter, 9-year-old Harper, joined her dad and sister to sing backup on Foo Fighters’ 2017 song “The Sky Is a Neighborhood:”

Harper’s skills are just as impressive as her sister’s, and it’s clear Grohl is super proud of his daughters.

Harper and Violet recently appeared in the music video for “The Sky Is a Neighborhood,” in which Grohl directed them. Although many of us know him as a prolific musician, when it comes to his kids, Grohl is just Dad.

“You have to realize that my children don’t see me as a famous rock musician,” he explained to Rolling Stone. “They see me as a slobbish dad and especially when it comes to a director … It’s funny, they were much more cooperative making the video than they are when it’s time for them to clean their room or go to bed.”

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Despite their obvious talent, Grohl says his daughters’ lives are largely like those of any other kids, and that they spend a lot of time doing things like watching slime-making tutorials on YouTube and skateboarding.

If they’re interested, I think these two have great potential to follow in their dad’s footsteps with careers in the music business. The bright lights of the stage and a screaming audience clearly didn’t bother them!

Man Has A Stinky Solution For Thief Who Steals Packages [Video]

With the holidays just around the corner, millions of packages are arriving on doorsteps across America. This influx of gifts is also the perfect opportunity for thieves to take said gifts from said doorsteps.

These so-called “porch pirates” go around neighborhoods looking for packages left unattended. A porch pirate will monitor to see which families don’t appear to be home, then they loot the front porch, taking any package they choose.

One man in Riverside, California, was sick of losing his family’s packages to theft—and so came up with a clever way to stop it from happening.

“Since we’ve lived at this house we’ve had three packages stolen,” Mike Zaremba told

Zaremba and his wife had recently hosted several dogs at their house in honor of their Great Dane’s birthday. Zaremba decided to pick up all the “land mines” the dogs left behind and place the turds inside a USPS box. Then, in a sort-of reverse game of “Ding, Dong, Ditch,” he sealed it up and left it outside his front door.

The bait worked; the thief stole the box off the front porch. And, as police report, dropped the package not long after. He must have taken a whiff and known something was up.

“He dropped it as soon as he found out,” Ronel Newton of the Riverside Police Deparment said. “He didn’t want nothing to do with it and kept on riding.”

The man was later arrested and taken into custody by police.

Zaremba said that even though he’d set the trap for the porch pirate, it still felt like a violation to see a theft in action.

“At first I really felt violated even though I knew what was inside the package, I was still like, he stole from me!” Zaremba said.