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At farm supply stores you can purchase "artificial insemination gloves."  The non-veterinary uses are limited only  by your imagination.

This cruise ship rocks (you)

YouTube link.

Palouse (Washington state)

"Often referred to as the Tuscany of America, the Palouse region of Washington State offers one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the United States.

3D transformation of the Hubble Deep Field

YouTube link. Reposted from 2010 to add this new information: There are a dizzying 2 trillion galaxies in the universe, up to 20 times more than previously thought, astronomers reported on Thursday.

"PodRide" bicycle/car hybrid

YouTube link. More information here.

Julius Caesar pencil holder

Impractical (note the hand required to keep it upright), but clever.  Via Reddit. Within moments, the entire group, including Brutus, was striking out at the dictator.

So there's no such thing as bad publicity?

From a complaint filed in Texas in December by Mark Oberholtzer, the owner of Mark-1 Plumbing, against Charlie Thomas Ford, a car dealer.

Dabba ("The Lunchbox")

YouTube link. This was the best movie I've watched in a long time.  Decidedly not a Hollywood-style movie (no killing, no sex, no explosions), The Lunchbox reminded me very much of You've Got Mail.   Some of you will recognize Irrfan Khan from his role in Life of Pi.  The acting is superb, and the movie is filmed with a sensitivity that allows moments of quiet to be extended and savored.

The "Dutch Reach" may prevent you from injuring a bicyclist

YouTube link. Via Deadspin.

Marble veil

"Veiled Lady by Rafaello Monti, c.1860, held by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts"Via Stuff about Minneapolis.

Stone Age artifacts emerging from glaciers

YouTube link.  In 2010 I wrote Retreating glaciers and melting ice yield treasures, about discoveries in the Alaksan Yukon, and in 2012 Artifacts from retreating glaciers showed a 4th century A.D.

Messerschmitt KR175

The Messerschmitt KR175 microcar (1953–1955) was the first vehicle built by Messerschmitt under its 1952 agreement with Fritz Fend...

Green's Dictionary of Slang online

"Green’s Dictionary of Slang is the culmination of a life’s work for Green. First published in print as a three-volume behemoth in 2010, to awards and rave reviews, it now emerges in digital form with about 30% ‘revised, augmented and generally improved’...

A prediction from 1943

Via The Elegant Criminal Society.

2.2 MB

"Univac 9000 Series disk cartridge prototype with a 2.2 MB capacity  1966"Via Sloth Unleashed.

Physics fun with a vortex cannon

YouTube link. Via Fuckyeahfluiddynamics, where there are links to other posts on vortex rings and air cannons.

Bob Dylan - Forever Young

YouTube link. I'm a "boomer," and Bob Dylan is one of the musicians who define my generation. "Forever Young" was written as a lullaby for his eldest son and released in the mid-70s; it appeals to an older crowd than those who were attracted to him earlier for his "protest"-themed songs.

"Euthanasia coaster"

The Euthanasia Coaster is an art concept for a steel roller coaster designed to kill its passengers.  In 2010, it was designed and made into a scale model by Julijonas Urbonas, a PhD candidate at the Royal College of Art in London.

World population growth is declining

" history can be divided into three periods marked by distinct trends in population growth. The first period (pre-modernity) was a very long age of very slow population growth.

One health care chart to rule them all

Life expectancy on the vertical axis vs. inflation-adjusted health expenditures on the horizontal axis, over a forty-year time period, in 24 countries.