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A crosseyed planthopper


I need to take about a week off to tend to some urgent family matters.  When I come back I'll offer you a series of posts about Siberia.

Richard Feynman's lectures on physics are now online


As reported by Open Culture: Last fall, we let you know that Caltech and The Feynman Lectures Website joined forces to create an online edition of The Feynman Lectures on Physics.

Misinformation in televised medical dramas

"It turns out that popular medical dramas don't always portray medical treatment accurately. A new study found that seizure care in particular was depicted appropriately less than half the time on major fictional medical shows...

"Swatting" explained

YouTube link. Militarized local SWAT teams can be tricked by hackers into raiding homes of innocent people.  The Vice video above illustrates the problem, which is also discussed at Salon: “The caller claimed to have shot two co-workers, held others hostage, and threatened to shoot them,” the Littleton Police Department said in a statement.

Wooden toilet seat found at Vinlandia


"What is believed to be the only wooden toilet seat to be found in the Roman Empire has been unearthed at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall...

Christianity-based health care

"...one way Americans can avoid buying private insurance or paying into the Affordable Care Act. The deal, made possible by a little-known provision in the health-care law, has one particularly important requirement: The Duff household of nine must abstain from general debauchery.

American League teams win more interleague games


American League teams have won the majority of interleague games for 10 consecutive years; this year will likely be the 11th.  Graphic from the Wall Street Journal, where there is speculation about the reasons for this trend.

Movement of Death Valley's "racetrack" rocks finally explained


Rocks of various heft – some weighing 600 pounds or more – leave trails that wiggle like snakes or form complete loops or even rectangles.

The surprising effect of road salt on butterflies


Salting roads in winter can tweak the physiques of butterflies the next summer. Milkweeds and oaks, plants that caterpillars graze on, collected from alongside a country road carried higher sodium concentrations than the same species growing at least 100 meters from the splash and drift of deicing salt, says Emilie Snell-Rood of the University of Minnesota in St.

"FreeD video"

YouTube link. The technology is explained in this video of tennis coverage.

Online versions are not saving newspapers


The blue line in the chart displays total annual print newspaper advertising revenue (for the categories national, retail and classified) based on actual annual data from 1950 to 2011, and estimated annual revenue for 2012 using quarterly data through the second quarter of this year, from the Newspaper Association of America (NAA).

Bathing suit, 1916 - updated


In the photography category of this blog,  I've occasionally posted photos of beach scenes from the turn of the last century, and I suspect a modern person's responses are "what uncomfortable clothing to wear" and "what unattractive clothing to wear." With regard to the latter (?

The world's most famous iceberg


Because Titanic. The iceberg lay at latitude 41-46N, longitude 50-14W, off the coast of Newfoundland.

Calcified ectopic fetus


As reported by The Telegraph: Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy...

And the award for "Best Antennae" goes to...


"The beetle family Phengodidae, known also as glowworm beetles." From Project Noah, via A London Salmagundi.

"Sand-activated' puppets

YouTube link. You pour the sand in at the top.  And it comes out... well, at the bottom. Via A London Salmagundi.

Just follow the directions on the signs


For a brief time Thursday and Friday the parking regulation signs outside Linwood E. Howe Elementary School topped 15 feet.

People wilil still climb over this sign


Discussed at a Reddit thread.  (Image cropped from original)

"A poetic remake of the strategic achievement of Hannibal"


Gimme a break.  Dragging a replica elephant on wheels along the Cavalla Pass in Italy is hardly a remake of Hannibal's achievement.

World record price for a Navajo blanket

YouTube link.  Only about 100 of these original "first-phase" chief's blankets are thought to exist.


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