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May 16, 2007
One man appeared more often than any other
on the sports anthology ABC's Wide World of Sports:
Yugoslavian ski jumper Vinko Bogataj
, whose spectacular 1970 crash was shown in the show's opening montage to the words "and the agony of defeat." (Despite the brutality of the crash, he suffered only a concussion.) He still lives in his hometown of Lesce, Slovenia, and since retiring from his factory job in 2005 has devoted himself to critically acclaimed painting
. Charmingly enough, he had no idea of his celebrity status until he was asked to appear during a special to mark the show's 20th anniversary
posted by maxwelton at 10:26 PM PST - 18 comments
Talk to iGod,
the God chatterbot. If you're in the right frame of mind, he's pretty hilarious. If you are feeling neglected by God in other contexts, he will seem very familiar.
He does not pass the Turing test. He speaks in riddles, appears to know very little about you, and he hangs up on you after a few minutes. When you log back on, he says he does not remember. A lot like Waiting for Godot, in fact. (He said he didn't know about that either.)
posted by Broadside Affront at 5:12 PM PST - 80 comments
Scientists have discovered a planet composed of scorching hot ice
. Originally thought to be a gas giant due to its mass, its actually only four times the size of Earth and most likely composed of exotic forms of ice, such as Ice VII and Ice X
with s surface temperature of 300° C.
posted by Artw at 2:09 PM PST - 30 comments
are not always good role models. Just in case you thought the craziness was limited to this one book, the authors proudly present a "true crime" glimpse
into a shadowy world of... okay, I actually have no idea
what they're talking about. Ah, the joys of vanity publishing
posted by OverlappingElvis at 12:45 PM PST - 51 comments
: shattering the myth that "all churches are locked". With the aim of visiting every church in England and recording whether it is kept locked or unlocked, this ten-year-old 'side project' now has statistics by county and diocese, county maps, and a map of the country
showing their progress.
posted by chrismear at 12:27 PM PST - 29 comments
Darwin wrote to 2000 people during his life; 14,500 of these letters still survive. The Darwin Correspondence Project
is putting annotated transcriptions of these online, and they've covered about 5,000 so far, including a letter written when he was 12 after he had got into trouble with his sister for not washing regularly while at school
. There's an intro here
. See also Darwin Online
, discussed here
. And the prolific network theorist Albert-Laszlo Barabasi has co-authored a paper on statistical similarities between Darwin's and Einstein's correspondence (#51
on the list).
posted by carter at 8:39 AM PST - 11 comments
Where's the money?
[YouTube] In a short interview with the BBC, Bob Geldof and Bono discuss ongoing efforts to get G8 members to fulfil commitments made at the Gleneagles summit, their own credibility or lack of, and whether or not the current focus on climate change is taking attention away from the situation in Africa. This Guardian article
has more details.
posted by teleskiving at 5:04 AM PST - 39 comments