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Ötzi's tattoos

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The existence of the tattoos on an ice age man is not particularly surprising, nor are they artistically interesting - - but their distribution, as reported in an io9 article, is fascinating: On account of the various locations of the...Show More Summary

"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti."

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

The title is Hannibal Lecter's famous line from Silence of the Lambs. I learned at the movies subreddit that there is a subtle implication:Lecter could be treated with drugs called monoamine oxidase inhibitors - MAOIs. As a psychiatrist, Lecter knows this. Show More Summary

The average American moves 11.4 times

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The last time the Census Bureau calculated this was in 2007, when it found that a typical American will move 11.7 times in their lives. We redid the math using the most recent data (2013 for mobility and 2010 for population estimates)...Show More Summary

A detailed analysis of NFL field-goal kicking

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

An article at FiveThirtyEight focuses on field-goal kicking accuracy rather than punting and kickoffs, with commentary on how improved FG kicking percentage is affecting fourth-down strategies.

This triptych was the inspiration for the iconic alien "chestburster"

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

The triptych is "Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion" by Francis Bacon. (No, not that Francis Bacon).I learned this and other interesting tidbits about the chestburster scene from this video - YouTube link. (via Neatorama)

The Bluetooth logo is formed by Nordic runes

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The logo combines "haglaz" (H) and "berkanan" (B), the initials of Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson, King of Denmark and Norway.Harald's nickname "Bluetooth" first documented appearance is in the Chronicon Roskildense from 1140. The usual explanation is that Harald must have had a conspicuous bad tooth that has been "blue" (i.e. Show More Summary

Some "shower thoughts" about language

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Anyone notice the irony behind "hyphenated" and "non-hyphenated"?If a word describes itself, it is homological. If a word does not describe itself, it is heterological. So is heterological homological or heterological?Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words. Show More Summary

Every winter men give the finger to snowblowers

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Since 2003, roughly 9,000 Americans have lost a finger (or two, or three) to a snowblower-related injury, according to estimates derived from Consumer Product Safety Commission data. Overall, about 15 percent of people who go to the E.R. Show More Summary

Young blood reverses some age-related impairments

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As reported in the prestigious Nature Medicine:At the cognitive level, systemic administration of young blood plasma into aged mice improved age-related cognitive impairments in both contextual fear conditioning and spatial learning and memory... Show More Summary

A blizzard (of links) for you

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"Molten gold was poured down his throat." Modern forensic pathologists reproduce the death of a Spanish governor of colonial Ecuador in 1599. They suggest that the reports of his bowels bursting may have been the result of steam generated by the procedure.How to fold a shirt in two seconds. Show More Summary

This river in Manila eventually leads to the ocean

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Photo credit: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images, via The Guardian.

Butterflies can change their spots

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Every aspect of a butterfly has been shaped by evolutionary processes over the millenia to render the butterfly as perfectly adapted as possible to its favored environment. The shape of the wings, the wing pattern, the color of the eggs...Show More Summary

Somebody has to lose a coin flip...

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But nobody loses more of them than the Minnesota Vikings:"The Minnesota Vikings haven't exactly been lucky on coin tosses, either. Since 1999 (when Pro Football Reference started keeping track), the Vikings have won fewer coin tosses...Show More Summary

Word for the day: virga

4 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Our local weatherman used the term "virga" several evenings ago when he pointed out that snow seen on the radar was not reaching the ground:In meteorology, virga is an observable streak or shaft of precipitation that falls from a cloud but evaporates or sublimes before reaching the ground. Show More Summary

Massive die-off of Pacific seabirds

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From National Geographic:Last year, beginning about Halloween, thousands of juvenile auklets started washing ashore dead from California's Farallon Islands to Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) off central British Columbia. Show More Summary

"The Last Time I Saw Her" (Gordon Lightfoot)

4 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. But that was so long agoThat I can scarcely feel the way I felt before.And if time could heal the woundsI would tear the threads awayThat I might bleed some more. A classic and very evocative song, written by Gordon Lightfoot in 1971. Show More Summary

The complicated tail of Comet Lovejoy

6 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

From APOD:Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), which is currently at naked-eye brightness and near its brightest, has been showing an exquisitely detailed ion tail. As the name implies, the ion tail is made of ionized gas -- gas energized by ultraviolet light from the Sun and pushed outward by the solar wind. Show More Summary

Canine prosthetic legs

6 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. This is your feel-good video of the week, which I found at Oregon Expat. Note from the OP: "Many of you have pointed out that Derby's prosthetics seem too low. We started this way to give him a chance to get used to his new legs. Show More Summary

American arrested for carrying Arabic "flash cards"

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Nick was heading off to start his senior year at Pomona College in California, back in August 2009, when cops detained, aggressively interrogated, handcuffed, and locked him in a jail cell for nearly five hours at the Philadelphia International Airport. Show More Summary

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