A young man with Proteus syndrome discovers that his birth defect gives him a biologic advantage
as a baseball pitcher.
"The Trust for Public Land named the city’s parks and recreation
facilities tops in the nation among 100 large city park systems in
rankings released Wednesday. It’s Minneapolis’ fifth year at No. 1
This video explains the use of a dolly zoom
Urine is NOT efficacious
in neutralizing the toxins in a jellyfish sting.
"...a search of available marriage license data by a group called Unchained
at Last... turned up cases of
12-year-old girls married in Alaska, Louisiana and South Carolina,
while other states simply had categories of “14 and younger.”.. Among the states with the highest rates of child marriages were
Arkansas, Idaho and Kentucky. The number of child marriages has been
falling, but every state in America still allows underage girls to marry
"Sallekhana is a supplementary vow to the ethical code of conduct of Jainism. It is the religious practice of voluntarily fasting to death
by gradually reducing the intake of food and liquids."
"Placing books on shelves with the spines facing outwards is a relatively recent phenomenon
, according to Mark Purcell, former libraries curator
for the National Trust and now overseeing the research collections at
Cambridge University Library. Until fashions changed in the 18th century, book titles and authors were
not printed on the spine but written in ink on the edge of pages."
"What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, but never has 5 letters."
Awesome balloon art
King John lost the crown jewels
When the tide turned and the water began pouring back in, they were
still navigating the treacherous bogs and sinking sands. The crown
jewels—and many of the men and horses—drowned in the flood... It is also believed that this lost treasure included a good amount of
gold, precious items like bejeweled utensils and chalices, and a
significant amount of the loot that he had acquired over the course of
his recent conquests. But, to this day, none of this bounty has been found. It’s a predicament that has puzzled treasure hunters for decades..."
All you need to know
More than you need to know about monkey selfies
The concept of "universal basic income
" ("give everyone enough money to live on") will be field-tested
("studying the effects of a 12-year income guarantee delivered by the NGO
GiveDirectly to 26,000 individuals in East Africa using random
assignment of villages."}
A man died of Vibrio septicemia after he went swimming in the Gulf of Mexico shortly after getting a tattoo
(but he may have been immunocompromised by alcoholic liver disease).
A Minnesota family is restoring a white pine forest
; they've planted 3,500 trees in the past decade ("Ted spends an extraordinary amount of time attempting to protect the trees from deer...")
Here is the box score of a baseball game in which the two pitching staffs combined for 42 strikeouts
(16+26) in 12 innings.
Those who enjoy following the activities of the Supreme Court probably already know "Kittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer God-damn
." (answer at the very end of the Radiolab podcast.)
The Guardian explores the rise of neo-Nazis
in modern America. "Neo-Nazi activism in America has been undermined for decades by what
both extremist leaders and hate group monitors describe as incredibly
childish infighting." The current political climate has changed that.
When did the United States achieve independence
? We celebrate the Fourth of July, because that is when America declared
independence. Some historians argue that independence isn't achieved
until it is recognized
by the world community (and that would be the Treaty of Paris in 1783
You're not the only person who sometimes forgets what they are doing when they enter a room
"For Christians looking for a way to opt out of an expensive health insurance market that they see as profit-driven, intruding on their personal freedom, and indifferent (at best) to issues of abortion and the sanctity of life, health care sharing ministries may seem like the perfect, providential solution
Impressive bird wings trapped in amber
. "...plumage types associated with modern birds were present within single
individuals of Enantiornithes by the Cenomanian (99 million years ago)." [if you are like me, you have to look up Cenomanian
One person's opinion that Bernie Sanders could have won the presidency
A subreddit dedicated to "Room Porn
." Try browsing some pix of remarkable interior design and decorating.
The most numerous undomesticated bird in the world
is the.... what? I'll give you five guesses and you won't get it. Ten. And there are at least a billion of them. Maybe ten billion.
A map of ships buried beneath San Francisco
A judge has ruled that a neo-Nazi with explosives and a framed picture of Timothy McVeigh is not a threat
Filmed on the streets of Atlanta
, Georgia. Discussion thread here
A poster by PETA
Condor visits the man who saved his life
. If you've never seen the size of an Andean condor, be prepared to be impressed.
A list of all 213 Beatles' songs
, rated and ranked by someone.
I highly recommend this photoessay about Siberian mammoth tusk hunters
Why modern planes have ashtrays
About those big blue exit signs
on interstate highways ("who decides which businesses make it on the signs, and how much it all costs.")
This Napoleonic general lost three legs in battle
(hat tip to the elves at No Such Things As A Fish).
An argument against
Little Free Libraries ("examples of performative community enhancement, driven more so by the
desire to showcase one’s passion for books and education than a genuine
desire to help the community in a meaningful way.")
Drones used to locate and rescue lost hikers
Why a car may have three tailpipes
(in this case a Honda Civic).
Aussie video dissing anti-vaxxers
" is one explanation for fussy feline feeders. (Don't put the food in a deep dish)
In 1964 the United States orchestrated a coup that overthrew the democratically-elected leader
of Guatemala and installed a military dictatorship there. Not something that any of us were taught in school.
Interesting sign on a unisex bathroom door
Is this a real product
? (NSFW language). If so, some Americans would buy it.
Jalopnik explains why you shouldn't run your car low on gas
Inspire Glare-Resistant Coating For Cellphone Screens."
A clever pair of t-shirts
I think this woman made a mistake
. Just my opinion.
Oops. Not to be used for navigational purposes
Then years ago when I wrote the home page paragraph that introduces this blog, I stated that "We try to be the cyberequivalent of a Victorian cabinet of curiosities." The embedded photos today are examples of cabinets of curiosity, via The Appendix