"Stand Still, Stay Silent"
is the follow-up to Minna Sundberg's successful webcomic "A Redtail's Dream" (previously)
, but instead of a 550 page Finnish fantasy tale, it's a post-apocalyptic but still very Scandinavian story intended to run for years. After 10 months of almost-every-weekday pages, she has taken a short break for the end of 'Book One' and it's a good time to catch up. (SPOILERS INSIDE, but reading from the beginning is still strongly recommended) [more inside]
"What was his weapon? Trust. Over and over again, he shook the hand of a parent and said, 'It's OK. I'll take care of them. I'll make her a better person.' Instead what he did was rob them of their innocence and change the scope of their lives." SB Nation
on Mel Hall
- "a flamboyant baseball player
, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator."
"The most beautiful girl or woman in the world would be a matter of indifference to me, but tall soldiers
—they are my weakness." Thus confessed Frederick William
, second king of Prussia, whose passion compelled the creation of an elite regiment of six-foot-plus grenadiers
. Recruitment, diplomatic gifts, and the occasional abduction of a spindly peasant or acromegalic tradesman supplied thousands of "giants" for the ranks; experiments with breeding programs and stretching machines were somewhat less successful. Frederick II, Frederick William's son and successor, dispersed the regiment when he succeeded to power in 1740. The Potsdam Giants had never actually seen combat, the main part of their duty having been to drill and parade before their enraptured king. [more inside]
In The Public Domain Review
, John Glassie reviews
one of Athanasius Kircher's
greatest works, Mundus Subterraneus
…intended to lay out
before the eyes of the curious reader all that is rare, exotic, and portentous contained in the fecund womb of Nature.
"Facing a 50-game suspension for doping
, San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera created a phony website and a fake product in an attempt to dodge the ban by proving he inadvertently ingested a banned substance, according to a report
Peyton Manning is known as one of the best NFL quarterbacks
of all time. He holds many NFL all time records
and led his team to victory in Super Bowl XLI
. Manning has lost significant playing time due to a serious neck injury
and it is not clear if he will return to the Colts
next season, or to football at all.
If he does decide to return to the gridiron to try and win another championship (to catch up with his little brother on that score)
there is no clear consensus on what team he could possibly end up joining.
With that speculation in the mind of every NFL fan this offseason, artist David Rappoccio
has begun to visualize what it might look like if Peyton joined your local team.
I come from Bankers and Businessmen, New Jersey.
The dividing line between north and south New Jersey is the Driscoll Bridge
according to one theory. The Sports Fan rule
applies a hypothetical line between where NY Giant fandom ends and Philadelphia Eagle fanaticism begins. Under the Sandwhich conjecture
, South Jersey's northern border is where people stop eating hoagies for lunch and start eating subs.
New Jersey is too nuanced for simple binary categorization. Rigorous tests of the competing theories produce contradictory results (Monmouth County
is part of South Jersey under the Driscoll theory and North Jersey using Sports Fan methodology.) Throwing out the ineffectiveness of northern and southern classifications, a recent Rutgers graduate and current state employee has produced a controversial and highly accurate visualization of a new Jersey
, though some may be offended.
The 49ers are back
, but who's paying attention? Sitting on top of a weak NFC West
, is the Niner's impressive rise going overlooked? [more inside]
The Tallest Man
collects information and photographs of giants. Despite its title, it includes giants of both genders. "My goal is to build an online image database of giants from 7'2" and upwards. Initially I had 7'6" as my lower criterium, but as so many of the famous touring sideshow giants from the past were below that height, I have lowered the height to be able to include Cliff Thompson
, Eddie Carmel
, Jim Tarver
and Siah Khan
." Perhaps you can help identify an unknown giant
? Many have already been identified
On July 25th pilgrims
arrive at Santiago de Compostela for the holy feast day
of St. James
. The medieval pilgrimage route
has seen a spike in popularity
in recent years and has been portrayed in both classic
film as an introspective journey. However, travelers along the way also pass many reminders of Spain's history of religious conflict such as a monument to Ferregut's
final duel, the final resting place
of El Sid
, and the final battleground
. Images of the saint himself can sometimes
The game as it was played in 1958 “is still an entertaining sport to watch, but it’s just not near as complicated,” Reid said.
Writer Mark Bowden watches the 1958 NFL Championship game between the Baltimore Colts and the New York Giants with Eagle's coach to find how he thinks the game has evolved. They find a game that is at times barely recognizable as being in the same sport. (Via
The tallest man on record
was Roger Pershing Wadlow
which I discovered after finding this curious photo
. His 8'11.1" stature dwarfed Andre's
mere 7'4" height. Both suffered from the rare pituitary disorder of gigantism or acromegaly
. China has some really tall people
including Defen Yao
. If her height of 7"8.5" is accurate, it is more than an inch taller than Guinness record holder Sandy Allen
. By comparison, the top 50 tallest basketball players
provide some scale. (centimeter converter).
Apparently, girls and giants
are a popular combo.
The Field Day festival, intended to be a two-day outdoor show in Calverton, NY, (Eastern Long Island) has now been reduced to a single day,
and will be held at Giants Stadium in NJ. Tickets will be automatically refunded -- you must purchase new
tickets to the NJ show.
The Photon Belt
....along with Maitreya
& the greatest sign
& 36ft tall humans
....all make for some far-out Friday frolicking.
A feel-good story for the holidays, involving a pro football player. Warrick Dunn of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers makes the down payment and furnishes homes for single mothers and their children
in Tampa Bay and his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This program has now been copied by NY Giants' Jason Sehorn
. (more inside)