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Wolves? Wolf!

There is only one species of wolf in North America. Genetic analysis has found that the "Eastern Wolf" and the "Red Wolf" are hybrids of the Grey Wolf and the Coyote. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Jul 29 at 7:42 PM - 16 comments

the cataloguing arts are not lost

A list of whales in videogames, with screenshots.
posted by Collaterly Sisters on Jul 29 at 6:49 PM - 22 comments

National Statuary Collection

"...the President is hereby authorized to invite each and all the States to provide and furnish statues..." Each state can send up to two statues to the collection, representing notable people from that state. The statues may be rendered in either marble or bronze. [more inside]
posted by dfm500 on Jul 29 at 5:50 PM - 29 comments

Exhaustion: A History

How Exhaustion Became a Status Symbol. "From sloth to burnout, each age remakes exhaustion in its own image." [more inside]
posted by homunculus on Jul 29 at 2:22 PM - 15 comments

Even the bad ones float

All 58 Stephen King Movie and TV Series Adaptations, Ranked
posted by Artw on Jul 29 at 7:46 PM - 27 comments

Could women be trusted with their own pregnancy tests?

"In 1967, Margaret Crane was a 26-year-old product designer at Organon Pharmaceuticals, sketching face-cream bottles and ointment jars. One day, as she walked through a lab at the company’s headquarters in New Jersey, she spotted rows of test tubes on shiny racks that twinkled under the industrial lights. “What are these?” she asked one of the scientists. Pregnancy tests, he said. A doctor would collect urine from his patient and send it to the company’s lab for analysis. The results would be sent back to the doctor, who would then inform the patient. But Ms. Crane immediately saw another possibility: Why not cut out the doctor entirely?" Why at-home pregnancy tests weren't available until the late-seventies. (SLNYT)
posted by gaspode on Jul 29 at 8:17 PM - 8 comments

100 days

With America's general election 100 days away, and another two months before the first debate, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are off on a bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio (events), while Donald Trump campaigns in Ohio and Colorado. Where The Election Goes From Here
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 29 at 3:13 PM - 294 comments

The USNS Harvey Milk

The US Navy will name a new ship for assassinated San Francisco Supervisor, LGBT and civil rights leader, and Navy veteran Harvey Milk. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Jul 29 at 2:08 PM - 29 comments

"Like most fedora wearers, he had a lot of inexplicable confidence."

Starbucks wants its baristas to wear fedoras and other awful hatsThe fedora is meme shorthand for so many things, but perhaps most succinctly, it conveys the attitude of a male with poor hygiene, a Reddit addiction, and the firm belief that women keep putting him in the "friend zone" while dating assholes despite the fact that he's a "nice guy"—which is a thin cover for immature and often repellent ideas about gender roles. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 27 at 9:55 PM - 319 comments

Into The Black

I've nearly paid off $16,000 of student loan debt, but it cost me my friends This is the fourth installment of the series Into the Black , where we hear from people who found ways to pay off serious debt. This week we talked to Kyle Pendergrass, whose debt management has improved his mental and physical health, but who lost some friends in the process.
posted by Michele in California on Jul 29 at 12:48 PM - 72 comments

The winners earn ribbons, and all participants earn respect.

The Oregon State Fair celebrates oddities like the "curviest vegetable" and the "most misshapen fruit." Fairgoers can marvel over award-winning onions and pumpkins and snap photos of the top pig and llama. This year, the state fair is adding a new attraction: prize-winning marijuana plants. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade on Jul 29 at 4:12 PM - 17 comments

Best of women. (DNC Day 4)

Last stop in Philadelphia: Hillary Clinton’s Convention: Day 4 "I'm gay, so I feel like it's my second coming out party as a Democrat, to be free to wear my Hillary shirt," said Robin, who was wearing a 2008 Hillary campaign shirt and plenty of colourful Hillary pins, standing next to her wife. Livestream. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 28 at 12:53 PM - 3585 comments

"There must be real people"

The Verge interviews Werner Herzog, a passionate German film maker with his own version of cynical seriousness. Topics discussed include the value of film schools by negating their value, the inherent violence of Pokémon Go and the role of technology in extreme situations [TW: rape, violence].
posted by katta on Jul 29 at 2:31 AM - 27 comments

Skill and speed are very off-putting.

9 Non-Threatening Leadership Strategies for WomenShould men accept powerful women and not feel threatened by them? Yes. Is that asking too much? IS IT? Sorry I didn’t mean to get aggressive there. (SLCooperReview)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 29 at 5:47 AM - 51 comments

This is the one thing we didn't want to happen

Fifteen years ago, Brass Eye released the special episode "Paedogeddon". The Atlantic weighs in on its significance.
posted by Ned G on Jul 29 at 4:23 AM - 29 comments

Trolls for Hire

“The point is to spoil it, to create the atmosphere of hate, to make it so stinky that normal people won’t want to touch it” [SLNewYorker]
posted by alrightokay on Jul 28 at 1:31 PM - 51 comments

Our Intention-Birthing Bungalow

Communal Living Is Alleviating Millennial Ennui [more inside]
posted by poffin boffin on Jul 29 at 9:39 AM - 66 comments

"Dances With Wolves" was one of the least interesting things he ever did

David Bald Eagle, Lakota Chief, Musician, Cowboy, and Actor, Dies At 97. [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 28 at 10:31 PM - 23 comments

Twinkle, Twinkle, Vogel Staar: On Mozart's Feathered Collaborator

If you whistle a tune often enough to a starling, the bird will not only sing it back to you, it will improvise its response and create something new. On May 27, 1784, Mozart whistled a 17 note phrase to a starling in a Viennese shop and to his delight it spat the tune right back — but not without taking some liberties first. So he bought it and brought it home. That bird lived with him for the three most productive years of his life, during which he completed more than 60 compositions, including Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. The piano concerto as we still understand it was built in those rooms. The “Jupiter” Symphony began and Figaro ended. Melodies that two centuries of humans have since whistled could have first been volleyed between a genius and his pet bird.
posted by zarq on Jul 29 at 7:23 AM - 19 comments

The grubby, vandalised ruin evokes a low-budget hipster Ozymandias.

The 27-year-old CEO and founder of Soylent bought a patch of scrub in an area known as Flat Top to begin an “experiment in sustainable living” early this year.

It has not gone well.
posted by griphus on Jul 29 at 12:03 PM - 93 comments

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