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Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday links

February 5th is World Nutella Day - just in time for your weekend baking, here's a canonical list of Nutella recipes.

Submarine tourism didn’t catch on.

What If: Since Death Valley is below sea level could we dig a hole to the ocean and fill it up with water?

Some Super Bowl reading:

Football during WWII, when almost all able-bodied men joined the military: The combined Steelers/Eagles team called the Steagles.

The Lost Tribe of Gypsy Harlots: The Mythical Invasion of the Super Bowl Hookers.

Were footballs ever actually made of pigskin?

'Super Bowl Babies' Come Together to Sing About Being Conceived After Super Bowl Victories. (From 2016 - if they've done an update I haven't found it.)

ICYMI, Thursday's links are here, and are all about Groundhog Day (the day and the movie) and/or February: why February is all about purification (februa = purify), what's up with February 2nd and weather predictions, how often the groundhog has been right (spoiler - 39% of the time since 1887), and doing the math on how long Bill Murray was stuck in Punxsutawney in the movie (8 years? 34 years?).

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February/Groundhog Day links

February links - pagan Roman purification (februa = purify) and Mary's purification 40 days after the birth of Christ.

Don't like what the groundhog has to say about how long winter will last? You're in luck: Punxsutawney Phil has been correct just 39% of the time since 1887.

Jonah Goldberg's classic Groundhog Day column.

How to Write Groundhog Day by... the writer of Groundhog Day.

As Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell take off down the street once Groundhog Day has ended, Nat "King" Cole is singing Almost Like Being In Love - here's Mark Steyn with a history of that song.

ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the history of domesticating chickens, beer yoga, 1960's disposible dresses, 25 animals that scientists want to bring back from extinction, and why it's nearly impossible to castrate a hippo.