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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

The Simpsons predicted the Corona virus pandemic in 1993

The Simpsons, always ahead of it's time - this 1993 episode first discusses a Chinese flu spreading around Springfield:


The Simpsons have a reputation for this sort of thing:


Related - 10 times The Family Guy predicted the future:

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday links

100 years ago - Prohibition in the United States began in January 1920 and ended in December 1933. Related: here's Winston Churchill's doctor's note allowing him to drink "unlimited" alcohol in prohibition-era America.

For Al Capone's birthday, here's the story of that time he bought large blocks of stock in miniature golf construction companies.


January 17 is Ben Franklin's birthday - bio, quotes, videos, his 200+ synonyms for drunk, the bodies found in his basement, and more.

What could go wrong? Living ‘Franken-concrete’ which can heal its own cracks and even ‘give birth’ to new bricks, has been developed by scientists.

The Ten Most Important Weapons of the Middle Ages.

ICYMI, most recent links are here, and celebrating the Feast of the Ass, the science behind why dark winter days bum people out, learning any subject with Richard Feynman's notebook technique, the folklore of gin, and a 1918 publication on remedial politics for newly-enfranchised women in the UK.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Must watch interview with the "napalm girl" from the 1972 Pulitzer-winning photo

Remember the Napalm Girl from the Vietnamese War?


Per Wikipedia:

In this Vietnamese name, the family name is Phan. According to Vietnamese custom, this person should properly be referred to by the given name Kim Phúc.
Phan Thị Kim Phúc OOnt, born April 6, 1963), referred to informally as the Napalm girl, is a South Vietnamese-born Canadian woman best known as the nine-year-old child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken at Trảng Bàng during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972. The well-known photo, by AP photographer Nick Ut, shows her at nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack.


Here's her wiki. More here, and here's the photographer remembering that day: My picture led to end of the Vietnam war: ‘Napalm Girl' photographer Nick Ut tells TNM.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday links


Alcohol tolerance might have saved our ancestors from extinction, scientists claim.


Richard Feynman’s “Notebook Technique” Will Help You Learn Any Subject–at School, at Work, or in Life



ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include Pachelbel's Canon In D performed by train horns, National Geographic’s 100 best photos from 2019, the history of robocalls, and a cumulative list of the Darwin Awards.