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Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday links

How to Prevent Pregnancy, c. 1260 (the weasel/scorpion method), plus other dubious medical advice.

Why blackmail is called "blackmail", plus the origin of the lesser known "buttockmail".

Feast Your Eyes on This Beautiful Linguistic Family Tree.

No-Rules NASCAR: If you stripped away all the rules of car racing and had a contest which was simply to get a human being around a track 200 times as fast as possible, what strategy would win?

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, including Asimov's just-published 1959 paper for DARPA, a zombie-proof log cabin kit, the world's oldest genitals, and Stage 6 Alzheimer's patient Glen Campbell's final song to his wife: I'm Not Gonna Miss You.

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