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The story behind the "ice bucket challenge"

yesterdayOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Anyone with access to visual media during the past month can't help but be aware of the "ice bucket challenge." Most probably understand it as a fundraising campaign, but few know the details behind it.This video from ESPN is worth watching - even if you are not a sports fan.

Flour sack clothing

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills of the 30s started using flowered fabric for their sacks, 1939" Via Earthly Mission. I found the following photo at Living History Farm: And this image via Jennifer Lewis:

James Joyce's poor health

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"One summer evening in 1917, James Joyce was walking down a street in Zurich when he developed a pain in his right eye so severe he couldn’t move. A bystander helped him to a nearby bench, where he gazed at halos around the streetlights. Show More Summary

Why Medicare advantage plans want to send a doctor to your house

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

I recently received a phone message from someone calling "on behalf of my Medicare advantage plan provider," offering to have a medical person visit me in my home. I knew the plan had offered such, but wasn't clear why. Is their intention...Show More Summary

Mount Rushmore as you've never seen it

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

(In the 1920s, before it was carved) Via Earthly Mission.

The giraffe licked her and then kicked her in the face

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

This week at the Madison zoo, a woman from California was kicked in the face by a giraffe.Amanda Hall, 24, of San Luis Obispo, climbed over one fence and was almost over the second fence encircling the giraffe enclosure when Wally, a...Show More Summary

"Put on some damn sunscreen already"

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. "We showed people what they looked like in ultraviolet, & wondered aloud if they wanted to put on some damn sunscreen already."Discussed and explained at Slate.

"Legs modified for chewing"

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

It's called Hallucigenia because researchers have scratched their heads over where it fits among life forms since its fossil was discovered in the Burgess Shale of Canada's Rocky Mountains in the early 1970s...A new study of the claws at the end of all those legs revealed... Show More Summary

Analysis and discussion of "millenials"

2 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

From an article in the New York Times:Suddenly, as you may have noticed, millennials are everywhere. Not that this group of people born after 1980 and before 2000 — a giant cohort now estimated to number at least 80 million Americans, more than the baby boom generation — was ever invisible. Show More Summary

“And the end of all our exploring/ Will be to arrive where we started/ And know the place for the first time”

4 days agoOdd : TYWKIWDBI

"Net neutrality" explained in a cartoon.An op-ed piece in Time reports that the Iranian sanctions have cost the U.S. "between $134.7 and 175 billion in potential export revenue since 1995." Here's what happens when you duct tape a GoPro...Show More Summary

Hyperlapse video

last weekOdd : TYWKIWDBI

YouTube link. Discussed at Reddit. I have made my own hyperlapse videos using Google Street View images at this link, but haven't figured out how to slow down the replay (other than pausing with a spacebar). Any ideas?

Millenials are abandoning political parties

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From the Pew Research Center:The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 33, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion... Pew Research Center surveys show...Show More Summary

Using pine sap for indoor lighting

last weekOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Indoors, pine sap was seldom made into candles. It was unnecessary. A piece of sap cut or pulled from a tree—about the size of a little finger from the tip of it to the knuckle—would burn for longer than an hour. It was laid on something flat that was heatproof, like a carefully chosen rock with a depression in the top of it. Show More Summary

Why you might want to have an eel in your well

last weekOdd : TYWKIWDBI

A 155-year-old eel living in a Swedish well has died. "My family bought the cottage in 1962, and we always knew the housepet was included," Mr Kjellman said. Before public water systems were developed in the 1960s, it was common practice...Show More Summary

George Washington's infertility discussed

last weekOdd : TYWKIWDBI

Excerpts from an interesting article at the website of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine:Discussion of George and Martha Washington’s infertility begins with an examination of Washington’s marriage to Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731–1802) in 1759. Show More Summary

Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid

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A tourist seeking to take pictures of Yellowstone National Park crashed a camera-equipped drone into its largest hot spring, possibly damaging the prized geothermal feature, a park official said on Wednesday...It was not clear if the...Show More Summary

Restaurant adds "minimum wage fee" to its bills

last weekOdd : TYWKIWDBI

A small cafe in Stillwater has thrown itself into the big battle over Minnesota’s minimum wage increases, inundating the cafe with dozens of phone calls and online comments this week after it tacked on a 35-cent fee to meal tabs. Oasis Cafe owner Craig Beemer said the fee is needed to offset the 75-cent wage hike that took effect Aug. Show More Summary

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