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Friday, March 18, 2016

Heh - 'Language of Love' from Norwegian group Ylvis (of 'What Does The Fox Say' fame)

Language of Love from Norwegian group Ylvis - about love when there's no way to understand what the other is saying:

What Does The Fox Say?:

via Viral Viral Videos

Friday links

It's Rimsky-Korsakov's birthday - quotes, bio, Flight of the Bumblebee and a lame joke.

Nobel Prize time: Disease-fighting beer.

ICYMI, Thursday's links are here, and include St. Patrick's Day, how peacocks look in mid-flight (spoiler alert - they're beautiful), and a 2,100 year old Roman tavern.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

History of the Batmobile Parachute Pickup Service Van

This is a hoot, especially if (like me) you're old enough to remember the old Adam West Batman TV series (wiki) - it ran from 1966 - 1968. If you haven't seen them, you should track them down and watch.

By the way, that theme song is really stuck in my head.


Infographic: The Price of Being a Superhero in Real Life, Then & Now.

The physics of Batman's cape.

via Miss Cellania

This Urn Turns Your Loved One's Ashes Into A Potted Tree After they Die

Your loved ones can nurture your ashes and create new life—and they don't even need a backyard.

Instead of visiting your dearly departed grandmother in a cemetery, now it's possible to watch her ashes turn into a tree on your balcony.

The Bios Urn, made from coconut shells, compacted peat, and cellulose, holds a person's ashes along with a seed for a tree. As the urn decomposes, the tree roots take up the ashes and break through the small pod. Though the urn can be planted in the ground, the designers realized that city-dwellers not have access to land—and might want to keep a family member closer.
"Everyone has mentioned that they want to be a tree after they die," MolinĂ© says. "But since we’ve launched Bios Incube, we’ve seen that people are also excited for the fact that you can experience the growth of the tree that comes from your loved one's remains. I think this is really interesting because if we are able to turn the process of death—which is always related with grief and desolation—to an educative and emotionally appealing moment of life itself, we will have achieved a lot."

Thursday links

Saint Patrick’s Day: origin, history, quotes, poetry, videos, and how to make your own green beer. Related, this excellent Biologist’s St. Patrick’s Day Song.

How Peacocks Look In Mid-Flight (spoiler alert - they're beautiful)

2,100-Year-Old Roman Tavern Unearthed, Empty Cups and All.

Anxious People Are More Likely to Walk Left When Blindfolded.

ICYMI, Tuesday's links are here, and include bewaring the Ides of March, a series of 1917 photographs of the Lincoln Memorial's construction, the map of the United Repositioned States, and the forgotten history of fat men's clubs.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday links

Watching a Log Cabin Hand Built From Scratch Will Make You Want to Live in a Forest.

A series of 1917 photographs of the Lincoln Memorial's construction and dedication ceremony.

Why does Britain have such bizarre place names

The Forgotten History Of Fat Men's Clubs.

ICYMI, Monday's links are here, and include people who can't stop making puns, Pi Day, cheese addictions, Albert Einstein's birthday (and the post-mortem saga of his brain), and the world's new largest aircraft, the Airlander 10 (it's 25% larger than a Boeing 747 and can stay airborne for 5 days).

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday Links

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879: bio, videos, gravitational waves explained, and the post-mortem saga of his brain.

3.1416: Happy Pi Day: history, video explanation, and the digits of Pi set to music.

Airlander 10: World's largest aircraft prepares to take to the skies (it's 25 per cent larger than a Boeing 747 and designed to remain airborne for up to five days)

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include a "best of" Mythbusters supercut, exploding killer lakes, lots of eyebrow interpretation advice from the 16th century, and the (court-ordered) unmasking of the Lone Ranger.