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This book was bound with human skin.Human skin was removed from a corpse, tanned (or processed in another way) and then used to cover a book. Harvard’s Houghton Library has one from the 1880s (read more about it here), but the one in this image is much older. Show More Summary
"Our three-part library starts here, in the bedroom, on our fancy Home Depot particle-board shelves. They bow a bit, 'cause our studs aren't ideally placed, and we have too much media. Our books are mostly contemporary fiction, with some literary nonfiction and my grandmother's poetry books thrown in. Show More Summary
Eleanor Roosevelt was 6 ft. tall From an essay in Esquire:In one survey, about half of collegiate men required their date to be shorter, while a monstrous nine of every ten women said they would only date a taller man... Only four percent...Show More Summary
Minnesota may spend more money performing the drug tests and implementing the program than it saves by denying benefits to drug users: A new state law designed to prevent drug users from receiving welfare benefits could end up costing...Show More Summary
YouTube link. Posted for my cousin Karl, who is teaching English and playing the saxophone somewhere in Barcelona.
As reported in The Register (UK):Facebook has reportedly swerved a huge corporation tax bill by paying its Ireland-based parent company - Facebook Holdings Limited - €1.75bn in “admin costs” for its intellectual property.According to the Financial Times (£), Facebook recently reported a pre-tax loss of €626,000 after it paid out those expenses. Show More Summary
News from the British Library:We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. Show More Summary
From the study published in PLoS One: Artificial sweeteners have been widely incorporated in human food products for aid in weight loss regimes, dental health protection and dietary control of diabetes. Some of these widely used compounds...Show More Summary
According to an article in the Harvard Gazette, the idea that studying music improves intelligence is probably a myth:Though it has been embraced by everyone from advocates for arts education to parents hoping to encourage their kids to stick with piano lessons, a pair of studies... Show More Summary
An interesting post today at American Forests muses about the "hedge apple"/"Osage orange"/"monkeyball" (Maclura pomifera):Consider the fruit of the Osage-orange, named after the Osage Indians associated with its range. In the fall,Show More Summary
In "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," Hemingway describes the impending death of a hunter suffering from a gangrenous leg (boldfaced emphasis mine): Because, just then, death had come and rested its head on the foot of the cot and he could smell its breath. Show More Summary
Photo by David Millard (10X magnification), from the Nikon Small World 2011 Photomicrography competition.
The solid red line in the gif is the "freezing line" forecast for this coming weekend (data and graphic from NOAA and Ham Weather, via Paul Douglas' On Weather). Here in Madison, Wisconsin the temperature hasn't been above freezing even...Show More Summary
Attitudes are changing. But very slowly.For starters, consider that there is not a single self-described atheist in Congress today. Not one. It wasn’t until 2007 that Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from Northern California, became the first member of Congress and the highest-ranking public official ever to admit to being an atheist. Show More Summary
It is great fun to see the bookcases (and collections). My house is decorated in bookcases and maps, for the most part. In our humid climate, bookcases are against inside walls only.Here are topically organized shelves, Chess set (tournament size) on the top, then some theory books, mountaineering guides and reports, bicycling, geology and ecology. Show More Summary
Hello from the Sunny Southwest - Arizona.The photo shows a portion of our bookcase. At the top are stuffed animals from my daughter and son's childhood with a few cherished family photos.On the center shelf are 1-1/2 rows of random books I intend to read. Show More Summary
Our examination of nationwide trends indicates that grading practices were largely constant for decades, but grade distributions have undergone gradual yet very significant changes since the 1960s. For the schools in our database, the number of A’s awarded has increased to such a degree that A is now ordinary. Show More Summary
There are lots of things I don't/can't/will never understand. Quantum theory and string theory lead the pack...In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed that an audacious model of the Universe in which gravity arises from infinitesimally thin, vibrating strings could be reinterpreted in terms of well-established physics. Show More Summary
Detail from The Rape of Prosperina [Persephone], a sculpture in marble by Gianlorenzo Bernini. Photo by Bill Barnewall.
A New York Times article discusses hospital policies regarding visitation by "best friends":But a few medical institutions have taken a different approach and thrown open their doors to patients’ own dogs and cats, letting them visit along with spouses, children and friends. Show More Summary