Almost no traditional Christmas carols were written by Jews (though there have beenrumors). But sometimes it seems like almost all the best 20th century Christmas songs were. Many people are dimlyaware of this, but few know its full extent. I have compiled a list, with representative performances. [more inside] posted by grobstein at 3:02 PM PST - 67 comments
Christmas Caped Crusader Tis the season for heartwarming news filler, perhaps, but the video of this guy at the children's hospice makes me think he's the real deal.
When the cameras stop rolling, though, do stunts like this make people give more deeply or more often to charity? posted by Grrlscout at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments
In hard economic times, people often look to cut their food budgets first. There may be a tasty source of nutrition you're overlooking, and it's right inside your pants, or tucked intoyourbra! (NSFW) posted by fontophilic at 11:09 AM PST - 53 comments
Mike O'Connor, owner of Bird Watcher's General Store in MA, writes a column "Ask the Bird Folks", for The Cape Codder newspaper. Five of O'Connor's short but humorously enlightening pieces were chosen by Steven Pinker to be included in the 2004 edition of the Best American Science and Nature writing. Those five can be read here: ,,,,. The full set of articles here. He started in 2001 and is sort of a "Car Talk" of bird watching. posted by stbalbach at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments
Ladies and gentlemen. Thank you very, very much for waiting! And now, won't you welcome please the isolated bass of John Entwistle. (Good stuff at 01:22 on second link). posted by punkfloyd at 7:41 AM PST - 21 comments
A sixteen year long astronomical study, led by Dr. Reinhard Genzel of the Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, has provided what is considered to be the best empirical evidence yet of the existence of supermassive black holes, specifically one a relatively cozy 27,000 light years away.... "The stellar orbits [QT] in the Galactic Centre [QT] show that the central mass concentration of four million solar masses must be a black hole, beyond any reasonable doubt." [more inside] posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 12:02 AM PST - 43 comments