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It's so seldom that we get to post anything cheerful about a rhinoceros... Found at Big Binho (a reader's blog).

Gary Cooper (1930)

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Radiologists viewing this photo will wonder whether Cooper is exhibiting a positive or a negative Throckmorton sign (or John Thomas sign). Photo (a publicity still from The Texan) found at Haroldlloyds tumblr, via Curiosites de Tita...

The dangerous childhoods of today's "baby boomers"

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

From an only-slightly-tongue-in-cheek op-ed piece in the StarTribune:We defied danger on a daily basis. We never knew that we were doing risky things, of course; we just thought that we were having fun. Nonetheless, we spent our days...Show More Summary

The engineering of an aluminum can

yesterdayHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. It's more complicated (and more elegant, and more interesting) than you may realize.

The hexagon at Saturn's north pole

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

"Geometric whirlpools" are discussed in a Nature article:Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby have created similar geometric shapes (holes in the form of stars, squares, pentagons and hexagons) in whirlpools of water in a cylindrical bucket. Show More Summary

American hero fears for his life

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

It shouldn't be this way -From Saturday until the video surfaced Tuesday, Scott’s killing was being portrayed by city officials as simply what Slager said it was: a case of an officer facing down a violent black man, afraid for his life. Show More Summary

What's going on here?

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

It's clearly the head, spine, and forelimb of a lizard. But what's the white part that looks like a spiderweb?Answer at the BBC's Weird and Wonderful Photo Quiz.

"American Pie" lyrics explained

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

About five years ago when I blogged an explanation of Paul McCartney's phrase "Mother Mary comes to me", reader Binho suggested that I write about Don McLean's "American Pie," and offered a link to an extensive analysis of those lyrics.This...Show More Summary

Stop drowning tortoises

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

People in the US are accidentally drowning baby tortoises by mistaking them for turtle hatchlings and "releasing" them into the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says it knows of three "well-intentioned...Show More Summary

Seaweed collecting - a Victorian hobby

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

From Collector's Weekly:Seaweed collecting embodied a cross-section of Victorian-era pursuits, allowing people to explore nature, improve their scientific knowledge, and create an attractive memento to decorate their homes. By the 1840s,...Show More Summary

The yacht tax deduction

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

A WaPo op-ed piece offers reminders that government handouts are not limited to poor people. Consider, for example, the yacht tax deduction:If you’ve got a boat and you’re paying interest on it, that interest is tax-deductible – provided your boat is really, really big. Show More Summary

Here's your inspirational story for the day

4 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Lauren Hill, a young girl with an inoperable brainstem tumor (a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) wanted to "make a difference in the world" before she died.

The suicide of Lucretia Borgia

5 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

This depiction is by the Flemish artist.Joos van Cleve (ca. 1525). I find it interesting that the artist was knowledgeable enough to depict a stab wound to the heart entering below the xiphoid. Modern artists (and movie directors and people) tend to depict a downward thrust through the parasternal area that is so well protected by ribs and cartilage. Via The Reward of Cruelty.

TYWKIWDBI still supports Wikipedia/Wikimedia

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I encourage my readers to do so as well; this blog would be much harder to crreate and manage without the resources provided by Wikipedia.Those who disagree with my decision to contribute should read my 2012 response to admonishers.

An encounter with "birch water" (birch sap) - updated

6 days agoHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

One of my first garden chores this spring was to tidy up a flower bed near the front door. Last year a birch tree cluster had begun to shadow the bed, so on Monday I pruned a few branches, then sat down to clear some of the detritus of dead material from the flowerbed. Show More Summary

"The oldest girl cares for the family"

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"The oldest girl seated in the doorway of the house trailer cares for the family." Yakima Valley, Washington, 1939 by Dorothea Lange. An evocative Library of Congress photo from the Great Depression, posted at Historical Times, via old photos, young kids.

Taking the broader view of a political photo-op

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

Two more photos of David Camerons "rally" here - discussed at The Spectator.

Ice moon Tethys

last weekHumor / odd : TYWKIWDBI

The Astronomy Photo of the Day from NASA.Caught in sunlight just below and left of picture center in 2005, Tethys itself is about 1,000 kilometers in diameter and orbits not quite five saturn-radii from the center of the gas giant planet. Show More Summary

A "chaotic" Easter egg hunt

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For fox ache:An attempt to break the world record for the largest Easter egg hunt descended into chaos on Sunday, as adults ended up barging toddlers out of the way and scuffles broke out in a bid to collect the most eggs. Parents of...Show More Summary

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