May 27

Scaling the Heights in China

To attend class, backpack-carrying pupils from Atuler village in Sichuan province must take on an 800-metre [2,600-foot] rock face, scrambling down rickety ladders and clawing their way over bare rocks as they go. (SLGuardian with internal link to original reporting in Chinese)
posted by bryon at 11:39 PM - 3 comments

Football anthems and soccer songs, including one by Pop Will Eat Itself

There are a ton of football (soccer, for the US hooligans) songs and chants (Wiki category), enough to warrant a 4 CD compilation of "hit anthems" back in 2010, with such notables as Come On England and Goldenballs, which got both 4-4-2 and Bell and Spurling on Top of the Pops for their respective songs. But what about those lads who petitioned (but failed) to have FIFA get the Italian pornstar-turned-MP Ilona ‘Cicciolina’ Staller to present the 1990 World Cup trophy, Pop Will Eat Itself? They had their turn on TOTP with their unofficial World Cup anthem, Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina (SFW music video).
posted by filthy light thief at 9:46 PM - 5 comments

When you grow up hearing," Yeah, but you're one of the good ones"...

You don't choose to be the Cleverman. You get chosen. The similarities in Australian politics, literature, cinema and television to the United States are striking at times. One man's erasure has become inspiration for a tv show with the first ever Australian Indigenous superhero on the national broadcaster. Youtube link
posted by taff at 9:21 PM - 3 comments

Treasure Hunt

“I still think you could do something that no one has ever done before.” - the story of Kit Williams and Masquerade, a children's book of illustrations that also served as clue to the location of a golden hare, and, despite an ignoble end to the competition, kicked off a crazy off treasure hunting books and videogames in 1980s Britain.
posted by Artw at 8:16 PM - 6 comments

I root for Yellow

The free physics simulator Algodoo is used to create (among many other things) soothing marble race videos. But once you've got colored balls racing each other, why not take things to the next level? Introducing the Algodecathlon and the Algicosathlon
posted by bq at 7:13 PM - 12 comments

“Its been the same ol’ thang, I swear the game don’t change”

“Safe”- MC Dumbfounded [NSFW Lyrics] [YouTube] Rapper Dumbfoundead Tackles Hollywood Racism in Amazing New Video [via: New York Magazine]
posted by Fizz at 5:54 PM - 4 comments

Average Roman worker died at 30 with bad bones

Almost 2,000 working-class Roman skeletons excavated over the past 15 years show high rates of broken bones, arthritis, and bone cancer, even though the average age of death was only 30. They probably mostly ate stale bread and rotting grains, unlike the "the rich inhabitants in Pompeii - a city of expensive villas and plush domuses" who "generally avoided hard labour and ate a varied diet." The full study is available as Bones: Orthopaedic Pathologies in Roman Imperial Age. "A multidisciplinary team including orthopaedists, paleopathologists, radiologists and medical historians has evaluated the major groups of bone disease in the population finding out incredible cases and picture of ortho-traumatologic pathologies in a pre-surgical era." [more inside]
posted by clawsoon at 5:14 PM - 23 comments

Free State of Jones

The True Story of the 'Free State of Jones': A new Hollywood movie looks at the tale of the Mississippi farmer who led a revolt against the Confederacy (Smithsonian Mag). Newton Knight has always been a controversial figure. "This controversy was fueled in part by Knight's postwar marriage to a formerly enslaved black woman, which effectively established a small mixed-race community in southeastern Mississippi."(Jones County, Mississippi) [more inside]
posted by cwest at 3:17 PM - 19 comments

Nuts about doughnuts

Recipes for Leftover Doughnuts.
posted by storybored at 3:09 PM - 19 comments

Officer Edith

“I told Pierre that hedgehogs love baths but he said no, People love hedgehogs having baths. There is a difference.” Officer Edith is: a) a green parrot, b) the office bird and mascot of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, and c) the persona behind what may be the best account on twitter dot com. [more inside]
posted by karayel at 2:24 PM - 20 comments

When you find my body, please call my husband George and my daughter...

On July 22, 2013, Geraldine Largay stepped into the Maine woods and disappeared without a trace. The 66-year-old had been hiking the Appalachian Trail alone, and failed to make a scheduled meet-up with her husband. Her body was found over two years later, on October 16, 2015, just a 10 minute walk from a trail that turns into a dirt road. On Thursday, the Maine Warden Service released its files on her disappearance, revealing that she had survived for nearly four weeks before succumbing to starvation and exposure.
posted by apricot at 1:15 PM - 106 comments

Momma!

RIP cartoonist Mell Lazarus, who wrote Miss Peach and Momma. NY Times obit. He also wrote two books, including The Boss is Crazy, Too. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 1:04 PM - 8 comments

#BamForHam

The New York Times reports on the one Hamilton performance people might not be aware of - on the softball field as part of the Broadway Show League. (SLNYT)
posted by NoxAeternum at 12:43 PM - 6 comments

"And the survey says... MY WEENIE"

Steve Harvey Doesn't Want to Host Family Feud Anymore (SLYT)
by Vic Berger IV (previously)
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:33 PM - 22 comments

World’s Deepest Flying Insect Lives in Darkness with No Food or Sex

Exactly what the tiny insect does in the cave, besides flying, is still unclear. Insects, amirite?
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 12:11 PM - 17 comments

Ursine Hammock Hijinks

Three young bears play on a hammock while their mom looks on. (SLYT)
posted by usonian at 11:04 AM - 18 comments

A Progressive’s Style Guide

"Every day I experience how language can bring people together and build power. But language can also be divisive, dangerous, and exclusionary... I got to work on a Progressive Style Guide, (pdf) that would help guide fellow campaigners and writers in the progressive movement on using inclusive language."
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:02 AM - 43 comments

Tabarnak! Tabarnak!

The Delightful Perversity of Quebec's Catholic Swears (SLAO)
posted by Navelgazer at 11:01 AM - 41 comments

Don't Choke.

On Monday, Dr. Heimlich, at 96 years of age, finally used his maneuver to rescue a choking victim.
posted by schmod at 10:01 AM - 45 comments

Bergoglio really should have gone for Lando II

You thought the numbering of English monarchs was bad? The papacy is even worse.
posted by Chrysostom at 9:56 AM - 6 comments

The Brexit threat to Spain's little Britain

In one of Spain’s biggest British enclaves, the EU referendum looms large over an expat Shangri-La based on bowls, beaches and high-quality free healthcare. But is there any real love for Europe there? (slTheGrauniad)
posted by Kitteh at 9:38 AM - 32 comments

'Cause hydration is so ill

Sarah Silverman - Perfect Night (feat. Will.i.am) (SLYT)
posted by numaner at 8:52 AM - 9 comments

Making The Grades

How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process. Buzzfeed News covers allegations of grade faking (and more) at Northwestern Polytechnic University.
posted by zabuni at 8:27 AM - 12 comments

here to bury Salon, not praise it

POLITICO eulogizes Salon [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:33 AM - 66 comments

The Curious History of “Tribal” Prints

How the Dutch peddle Indonesian-inspired designs to West Africa. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 6:14 AM - 9 comments

simultaneous pursuit of wisdom and motherhood

Hungarian philosopher Zsófia Zvolenszky details her experiences of giving talks at philosophy conferences with a small child, starting when said daughter was 5 months old. [more inside]
posted by kmt at 5:27 AM - 10 comments

May 26

Hussam and the Death Way

Refugees are not a swarm, or a flood, but people. Cartoonist Toby Morris reports the story of 16 year old Hussam and his flight from Syria. Previously
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:49 PM - 11 comments

It's all junk!

When Jen (of Cake Wrecks fame) and her husband John learned DragonCon was planning a Labyrinth Ball, they decided to get to work on a costume -- to re-create the junk lady from Labyrinth. Finished costume. [more inside]
posted by fings at 7:27 PM - 26 comments

Belief in the unlikely: John Keely's schemes for free energy and more

John Ernst Worrell Keely was an inventor from Philadelphia who claimed to developed a machine that was motivated by a new and hitherto unknown force, based on the musical vibrations of tuning forks and that music could resonate with atoms or with the aether. His demonstrations were good enough to garner significant financial support and public interest, but he was debunked by Scientific American after his death in 1898. That hasn't stopped people from believing in sympathetic vibratory physics (Straight Dope forum discussion) and discussing Keely's other claims (on Pure Energy Systems Wiki). One of the most ardent supporters of Keely's theories is Jerry Decker, operator of KeelyNet, a long-running collection of articles and research on (free) energy, gravity control and other alternative sciences, with a section devoted to Keely.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:20 PM - 27 comments

Is it Ghostbusters Trailer 2?

The Trailers for Ghostbusters (2016) and the Art of Editing Comedy
posted by Artw at 6:11 PM - 67 comments

Steady hand

INSANE Domino Tricks! [more inside]
posted by bq at 5:54 PM - 18 comments

Seeing the Music

How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide its audiences though its music [more inside]
posted by damayanti at 5:52 PM - 9 comments

“With Dropbox Infinite, we’re going deeper: into the kernel—”

Dropbox Wants More Access to Your Computer, and People Are Freaking Out [Motherboard] [Vice] On Tuesday, Dropbox published more details about upcoming changes to the company's desktop client that will allow users to access all of the content in their account as if it is stored on their own machine, no matter how small the hard-disk on their computer. In other words, you can browse through your own file system and have direct access to your cloud storage, without having to go and open a web browser nor worry about filling up your hard-drive. Sounds great, but experts and critics have quickly pointed out that Dropbox Infinite, as the technology is called, may open up your computer to more serious vulnerabilities, because it works in a particularly sensitive part of the operating system.
posted by Fizz at 5:49 PM - 52 comments

Rediscovery of the 2nd known African-American woman novelist in 19th C.

Sarah E. Farro, an African-American woman, published a novel calledTrue Love in 1891. "The reason for 'True Love’s' disappearance might be simple: it takes place in England, a place Farro probably never visited, and all of its characters are white." It's been digitized and is available here and here.
posted by wendyfairy at 5:11 PM - 2 comments

Crime scene corvid

A winged thief tries to make off with evidence
posted by sardonyx at 5:01 PM - 21 comments

It's a Boy Thing

Couples who have sons are more likely to stay together. But why?
posted by R.F.Simpson at 4:44 PM - 74 comments

All together now ...

This week at a show in Paris, Radiohead performed a live version of Creep for the first time since 2009. Cameraphones were there. [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:29 PM - 13 comments

Aristotle's Tomb

Is this Greek hilltop the 2,400-year-old burial place of Aristotle? "Greek archaeologists at Ancient Stagira, Central Macedonia, say they have found Aristotle’s tomb. Addressing the Aristotle 2400 Years World Congress, they point to the 2,400-year-old tomb as the most important finding from the 20-year excavation."
posted by homunculus at 4:09 PM - 16 comments

An API is like a menu

Google prevails over Oracle: APIs are copyrightable but Android is fair use, jury says
posted by Monochrome at 2:17 PM - 63 comments

The Crucible needs your prowess!

"Who me? But I can only dance! And throw trip mines..." (SLYT.) [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 2:00 PM - 4 comments

Heart Like a Wheel

Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney "was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles. She won a total of 18 NHRA national events." She is ranked fifth on the NHRA top 50 drivers of all time. [more inside]
posted by cwest at 12:46 PM - 23 comments

Idle Hands Do The Factory's Work

Kill some time building a production line with factoryidle, an idle game about factories.
posted by cortex at 12:37 PM - 98 comments

Season 4, episode 14: Rory finally accepts her Yale fate.

Every single terrible hat Rory and Lorelai wore on "Gilmore Girls" (note: is in fact every hat, terrible or no)
posted by Etrigan at 12:19 PM - 24 comments

I Can Do All Things

This NBA season was overtaken by Stephen "Steph" Curry. After winning it all last season, this year he led the Golden State Warriors to the best regular-season record in the history of the league. Rising from relative obscurity in his early years, Curry won a second MVP award on the strength of his otherworldly play, and as he began to regularly surpass superstar Lebron James, his team seemed easily headed for more glory. But tonight Steph's team faces elimination from the NBA playoffs, brought on by an Oklahoma City Thunder team few thought would compete for a championship with a first-year coach and a star player possibly leaving the team after this year. Here is how it is happening.
posted by cashman at 11:27 AM - 54 comments

For nothing is more dangerous than desire when it's wrong

How John Hinckley Lives Now: He drives a Toyota. He eats fro-yo. He shops at PetSmart. You just might run into him.
posted by item at 11:17 AM - 49 comments

I have loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore I die in exile.

I miss my mom and dad and brother, my friends, my dog and cat, my giant redwood trees, and tacos.
Tor developer isis agora lovecruft is the latest developer to seek self exile and tells her story of FBI harrassment.
[more inside]
posted by adamvasco at 11:12 AM - 19 comments

Theranos Voids Two Years of Edison Blood-Test Results

In the continued fallout of the Wall Street Journal's expose on Theranos' struggles to deliver accurate medical test (previously), it has now been reported that Theranos is throwing out all Edison results from 2014 and 2015 (WSJ [paywalled], Reuters). The company reported completing about 890,000 tests per year, and "...has told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that it has issued tens of thousands of corrected blood-test reports to doctors and patients, voiding some results and revising others, according to the person familiar with the matter." [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread at 11:08 AM - 60 comments

At Baylor, More Than A Falling Starr

Baylor University has fired football coach Art Briles and demoted university president Kenneth Starr upon receipt of an independent report detailing how the football program concealed rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence accusations against Baylor football players. The announcement has come as a shock, as it had seemed that Starr would be the scapegoat for the scandal, with his demotion used to protect Briles, the most successful coach in the school's history. However, increased media scrutiny due to the 2016 campaign season bringing up Starr's role in the Whitewater investigation, drawing greater attention to what happened at Baylor.
posted by NoxAeternum at 10:58 AM - 63 comments

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm almost ready for my close-up."

Unflattering animal pictures. Yup.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:53 AM - 22 comments

Rhymes with Hug

Take a breath, make a sound, keep going | The wandering haunting music of Doug Koyama
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:35 AM - 1 comment

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