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June 2016; a small cardboard sign appears by the A456 Hagley Road, near Birmingham UK. It reads 'who put Bella in the wych elm'. A few new twists have recently been added to a 73 year old murder mystery, including a connection to the last man executed in the tower of London.
The magnificent, insane castles of Ludwig II of Bavaria are slowly decaying. (Come for the architecture, stay for the orgies and proposed bank robberies.) As the article notes, "Ludwig kept hundreds of upholsterers, wood carvers and gilders busy, along with engineers and Siemens technicians." He spent himself into debt for the sake of his castles, many of which were designed after inspirations from Wagner, and some of which may have been built specifically for Wagner performances.
Riddlewot is a website with riddles made by whoever correctly guesses the front page riddle. That's all. If you want to post a riddle, you gotta make an account.
I bought some preserved lemons. Now what?
I'm prepared to make borscht, I have ingredients, tools, desire, and an overabundance of options. Help me pick the best one.
Emma Watkins, best known as the current Yellow Wiggle, dances Justin Timberlake's Can't stop the Feeling for World Deaf Day (September 24.) (SLYT) (Emma is Australian and I believe she is using Auslan.)
No, not the scary kind of crocs. Spencer the Irish Bulldog gets stylish prosthetics—you won't BELIEVE what happens at the end!
Here's a video of Husky pups swarming through a door vent, which seems upbeat and fun thanks to the indie-pop instrumental score. See a video (.MP4, 7.4mb) closer (Daily Mail) to the source, and it seems a bit more menacing without any audio. Let's amp up the terror and set the scene to The Walking Dead's theme song. If you need a come-down, enjoy Wrigley at the movies, a man and his boss's dog re-enacting romantic movie moments.
Herman Melville was an obscurity when Carl Van Doren (with Raymond Weaver's help) started promoting his work in the 1920s. Domenico Scarlatti was a completely forgotten Baroque composer until Ralph Kirkpatrick wrote his biography and republished his sonatas, which are now part of the keyboard canon. Petrarch discovered Cicero's letters and supposedly kicked off the entire Renaissance. What are some other examples of famous artists, writers, historical figures, etc. whose reputations were revived by a single person?
The HMS Terror, the second ship of Franklin's doomed expedition to find the Northwest Passage, has been located. Today the Arctic Research Foundation announced that it has located what it believes to be the HMS Terror, one of two ships belonging to the 1845 expedition. Official confirmation will come from Parks Canada.
Quiet Pine Trees is a twitter based stream of haunting and provocative micro-fiction by T.R. Darling. "Being brief isn’t enough. You can boil down a story to a sentence or two, but often you need context. If you need to convey a setting, like a fascist dystopia, or characterization, like a reluctant soldier, suddenly one or two sentences won’t fit. I often must resist the temptation to omit punctuation or fall back on abbreviation, like some kind of barbarian." Full Interview.
When you woke up this morning, I'm confident your first thought was: "What is the most ridiculous antelope?" Well, obviously it's the Dik Dik. Whether they are squeaking, fighting, or just being beautiful weirdos, Dik Diks have few competitors. But what do researchers find strangest about the Dik Dik? Well, it's monogamous.
This is a pretty good domino spiral. It took 25 hours to build over 8 days with 15,000 dominoes.
Found & Chosen is a blog from a collector of small toys, trinkets, charms, junk, baubles, whatnots, curios (and so on). Often arranged and presented as visually pleasing displays.
The last day of the summer swim season in Idaho isn't a day for people; the parks department in Nampa turns their waterpark over to dogs only, giving them a chance to splash and play. Thanks in part to the funds raised here, the parks department recently opened a pond in their oldest dog park. Nearby Boise has followed suit with a day at one of their outdoor pools. But that's not the only place a dog can play in an aquatic environment...
Fix my life so that I have decent beans and rice for breakfast every morning.
Nakul Krishna on the ethics & morality of Malory Towers.
Most of the media focus on Transgender rights up until now have been on "Bathroom Bills" that are being presented across the country, yet in doing so, we are, as Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney for the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project states, ...ceding the terms of this conversation to the people who want to expel trans people from public life and write us out of existence."
But is that really happening? Are there people who want to write trans people out of existence?
But is that really happening? Are there people who want to write trans people out of existence?
A series of pictures of food as eaten in world famous scenes in literature. Charles Roux creates these fictitious meals, photographs them and then eats them. His goal is to collect the photographs in a book, putting the meals back on paper, where they belong.
I need your best recipes, techniques, tricks, and ideas for baked goods for a single person. Important note - NO MICROWAVE MUG CAKES.
I seem to recall looking through a cookbook (probably in a bookstore) that had three versions (or so) of each recipe: one very simple, one a bit more complicated, and one even more complicated. I would like to find this cookbook again, but my google-fu and amazon-fu are failing me.
This exhaustive list of useful mental models from the founder of DuckDuckGo, drawing on Charlie Munger's concept of mental models is well worth exploring. It contains a surprising amount of interesting jumping-off points to rules-of-thumb and insights from various fields, from Hanlon's Razor to the critical concept of BATNA in negotiation; and including such useful startup ideas as technical debt, organizational debt, and hunting elephants or flies.
A letter of thanks for an unusual gift, a poem about a dying queen (with audio of the poet reading it), and a short story about a devoted couple with a shocking secret (with an introduction by Edith Pearlman): all are from the pen of the English novelist, short-story writer, poet, musicologist, translator & biographer; feminist, lesbian & communist Sylvia Townsend Warner (1893-1978).
Years ago, I had a glorious weekend with my best friend where we just hung out and did Weffriddles all weekend long. (Also wore togas, but that is not important.) Where can I find more/the best like this so I can do them with people!
Are there any good examples of Mefites using MetaFilter threads as a space for creative writing? One example might be scarabic's infamous how to dispose of a body comment. I don't mean hoax posts, which aren't intended as "fiction".
I would like to win my office's chili cook off. Added twist: vegetarian.
I have had my credit card canceled and re-issued at least every 3-4 months for a couple of years for fraud. Help!
Peter Doig Says He Didn’t Paint This. Now He Has to Prove It. Scottish artist Peter Doig is renowned for his somewhat surreal, eerie, haunting landscapes and scenes of ordinary life. His paintings have sold for millions of dollars -- his White Canoe fetched a record-setting $26 million at auction in 2015. Now, Doig is tasked with proving he did not create a particular work, in a case that has stunned art-law experts. (Previously.
Fakespot uses an algorithm to spot fake product reviews on Amazon. To use it just paste in your Amazon product listing link. Watch it in action. Here are the products with the worst fake reviews. A search engine for the best products with the most authentic reviews.
Brexit: why Britain left the EU, explained with a simple cartoon [Vox] // UK appeals for calm as markets drop, EU leaders huddle [AP] // David Cameron resigns after UK votes to leave European Union [Guardian], Brexit: David Cameron rules out second EU referendum [Independent] // Brexit: Six key questions after Britain's vote to exit the EU [BBC] // Brexit loophole? MPs must still vote in order for Britain to leave the EU, top lawyers say [Independent] // Brexit: Germany rules out informal negotiations [BBC]
California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been central to the US missile and rocket development and operations for decades, and from the beginning that technology's success rested on a corps of expert mathematicians, people known as computers. And from the beginning they were all women, in a time when such opportunities were few and far between. You can find pictures of them, but names have not been well-recorded ... until now. Nathalia Holt found many of those women and wrote about their experiences in her book, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars.
When the blogger/home renovator behind Manhattan Nest was hired to work on Olivebridge Cottage, it looked like a cute country bungalow in need of a little rearranging. Ten months later, he's almost viewing the experience as a post-modernist joke. (Blog entries appear in reverse chronological order; I recommend reading the entry at the top of the page, moving all the way down, and working up.)
What are some "alternatives" or substitutions to everyday products/tasks that you've found you liked better than the original? Relatedly, what have you stopped doing altogether that had unexpected positive benefits?
I am looking for mysteries that don't focus just on a dead body, but whose plot is more puzzle like. More under the fold.
X-Rays Reveal 1,300-Year-Old Writings Inside Later Bookbindings [The Guardian] The words of the 8th-century Saint Bede are among those that have been found by detecting iron, copper and zinc – constituents of medieval ink. Medieval manuscripts that have been hidden from view for centuries could reveal their secrets for the first time, thanks to new technology. Dutch scientists and other academics are using an x-ray technique to read fragments of manuscripts that have been reused as bookbindings and which cannot be deciphered with the naked eye. After the middle ages manuscripts were recycled, with pages pasted inside bindings to strengthen them. Those fragments may be the unique remains of certain works.
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (Medium, 12min) I learned to think this way when I was a magician. Magicians start by looking for blind spots, edges, vulnerabilities and limits of people’s perception, so they can influence what people do without them even realizing it. Once you know how to push people’s buttons, you can play them like a piano.
Kennedy Elliott, graphics editor at The Washington Post presents a broad, graphics-filled overview of how humans perceive data graphics. [Links to Medium, not WaPo.]
I'm looking for a list of songs that were large hits across multiple European countries but which never made significant inroads in the US. I'm thinking of songs like Stromae's "Papoutai" or Zara Larsson's "Uncover" here - which hit the top of the charts in multiple countries and made at least a moderate cultural impact.
Last year saw the release of Raven's Cry, an action-adventure pirate game that promised an immersive open world and historical accuracy. What people got was an incredibly buggy game with poor voice acting and glitches aplenty that would eventually earn a 1/10 "Abysmal" review on Gamespot. The creators addressed the concerns by attempting to fix all the bugs and re-releasing it in November of 2015 under the title Vendetta: Curse of Raven's Cry. Alas, it was eventually removed from Steam two months later after it received some very suspicious positive reviews. If you'd like to see what all the fuss is about, video game aficionado and YouTuber Jerma985 has some great examples of gameplay from both the original and the re-release. (Both NSFW audio)