January 17

Bruce Lee, now with lightsabers

How cool would that be? (slyt) [more inside]
posted by numaner at 4:32 PM - 14 comments

The Greatest City in the World

The Minnesota Diet A new short story from the author of the Nebula Award–winning All the Birds in the Sky. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 2:26 PM - 5 comments

A brief history of British Pigs

The United Kingdom has a unique genetic heritage of pig breeds, but in 1955, facing pressure from the Danish, Dutch and Irish pig industries, the Howitt Report recommended that British pig operations needed to be based on only three breeds, Large White, Landrace and Welsh, narrowing the pool of British Pigs from 16. In the subsequent years, four breeds went extinct: Cumberland, the Dorset Gold Tip, the Lincolnshire Curly Coat and the Yorkshire Blue and White. Rare breeds are now faring better than before, but still not great. For more on these breeds and the efforts to maintain them, see the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. British pig history side-story: The Pig War of 1859, which was really about which country controlled San Juan Island.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:10 PM - 5 comments


  1. Shadows are difficult to retouch.
  2. Every country's cuisine has its own character.
  3. Dogs are excellent meme subjects.

posted by Johnny Wallflower at 2:04 PM - 15 comments

Ellen Pompeo Becomes TV's $20 Million Dollar Woman

"Decide what you think you're worth and then ask for what you think you're worth. Nobody's just going to give it to you." The 'Grey's Anatomy' star recalls in her own words the personal struggles and advice from Shonda Rhimes that led to a milestone: highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 1:41 PM - 7 comments


How much do restaurants really make from food orders? Washington City Paper's Young and Hungry asked restaurants to break down the costs of some of their most popular dishes. [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 1:34 PM - 32 comments

A Strategy for Ruination

An interview with China Miéville in Boston Review.
posted by sapagan at 1:08 PM - 32 comments

“It seems really clear to us that this is an escalation of retaliation”

Private Prisons continue to send ICE detainees to solitary confinement for refusing voluntary labor ( The Intercept) Immigration detention deaths reach the highest total since 2009 (Houston Chronicle) The heads of NYC’s New Sanctuary Coalition arrested by ICE and slated for deportation (Miami New Times, NYT) Who is Jorge Garcia and why was he deported after 39 years in the US? (Bustle) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 10:28 AM - 19 comments

Alive Inside

Across the country each year, thousands of people are wrongly labeled unconscious after suffering severe brain injuries. Among the survivors, a few, including Nick Tullier, make it to a Houston rehab hospital, where those with even the worst prognoses get a shot at recovery. (SLHoustonChronicle) [more inside]
posted by holborne at 9:51 AM - 21 comments

Misogyny is collaborative

"If men can swallow the confronting reality that their silence is foundational to both sexism and sexual violence, then they get to embrace the inverse reality—that their vocal dissent could begin to destabilise these evils at their base." [CW: sexual assault]
posted by Lycaste at 9:25 AM - 58 comments

eye in the storm

Mosul Eye is a blogger and historian who stayed in Mosul to chronicle the city under ISIS. Chronicler of Islamic State ‘killing machine’ goes public, Lori Hinnant and Maggie Michael [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:11 AM - 3 comments

"If I'd at least gotten closer to that impossible perfection..."

What We Talk About When We Talk About Translation is an essay by Deborah Smith, translator of Han Kang's novel The Vegetarian, among others. It is a response to various criticisms of her translation, first by translator and novelist Tim Parks, followed by Charse Yun, who also laid out complaints about it from Korean critics, though, as Kang Hyun-kyung reports, Smith has vociferous defenders in Korea. If you want a summary, Clare Armitstead, who comes down on Smith's side, recaps the controversy in The Guardian. Jiayang Fan touches on the dispute but focuses more on Han Kang and her upcoming books in Smith's translation in an essay in The New Yorker called Buried Words.
posted by Kattullus at 7:41 AM - 28 comments

Bengal Shadows

Said to be larger than the Holocaust in absolute numbers, a new documentary, Bengal Shadows, revolves around the British empire’s role, especially that of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in causing and exacerbating the Bengal famine of 1943.
posted by infini at 5:06 AM - 21 comments

The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. [slGuardian Long Read by MeFi's own Oliver Burkeman]
posted by ellieBOA at 3:39 AM - 31 comments

January 16

Gritty McVittie

It has been snowing heavily in Scotland. All the snow ploughs and gritters are out doing their part. You can track their position and progress live - where you will also notice that each vehicle has a name. Bonus for finding David Ploughie.
posted by rongorongo at 10:08 PM - 58 comments

Madame Tussaud, Beheadings, Death Masks

Marie Grosholtz was really good at propping a freshly beheaded and bloody head on her lap so she could do a death mask She even started on Marat's death mask while Corday was being arrested for the murder.
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:16 PM - 6 comments

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”

Blood, Sweat, Toil and Tears: Playing Churchill on Screen [The New York Times] “He fought with distinction and held almost every major office in Britain. He commanded a country in the midst of world war and is credited with inventing the social safety net. He has been called an imperialist and a warmonger. A drunk and a racist. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, rivaled only Shakespeare in his prolific literary output, and painted more than 500 pictures in his lifetime. And, some argue, he single-handedly saved civilization. Winston Churchill was a complex and contradictory leader unlike any in recent history. And he also presents one of the most sought-after and challenging roles for any actor worth his salt.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 6:35 PM - 37 comments

If anybody needs me, I’ll be in the Angrydome.

This is your latest installment in the Trump / U.S. Politics Megathread. Trump golfs on MLK day after urging Americans to celebrate it with volunteering; popularity among African Americans continues to plummet. Bannon subpoenaed to grand jury. Blowback continues on “Sh—holeGate”; CNN reporter expelled from press conference for asking about it. There are four years in a Presidential term of office (not many people know that).
posted by darkstar at 4:32 PM - 328 comments

"Little girls don't stay little forever."

Hundreds of survivors have come forward to testify against Larry Nassar, whom they say was allowed to abuse them for years through his position with USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University, and at John Geddert's Michigan club, Twistars. The hearings, which began today, will allow survivors to speak publicly, often for the first time [trigger warning for child abuse, sexual assault and suicide]. Yesterday, Simone Biles, the most decorated American gymnast in history, publicly identified herself as the third member of the 2016 gold-medal winning team from the Rio Olympics to be a survivor of Nassar's abuse, as did her two-time Olympic teammates Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney also spoke out publicly. Today, the other survivors who aren't as well known will get to tell their stories alongside Biles, Raisman, Douglas, and Maroney, who had more media coverage. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 2:37 PM - 71 comments


Mary Shelley's Frankenstein – in charts (in celebration of 200 years of Frankenstein - which maybe hasn’t gotten the respect that it should have)
posted by Artw at 1:59 PM - 26 comments

It's Awl Over

The Awl and sister site the Hairpin announced that they'll cease editorial operations at the end of January. [more inside]
posted by torridly at 1:22 PM - 68 comments

Lord Help Me to Improve My Debt Collection Skills

"The following is a list of 4510 different titles given to the exact same generic 9:59 self-affirmation pep-talk on Spotify."
posted by Iridic at 12:55 PM - 43 comments

The Autocrat and the Apostrophe

Nursultan Nazarbayev, authoritarian leader of Kazakhstan, has been broadly popular in his rule. Until he decided to start sticking apostrophes all over the place.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:28 PM - 15 comments

sexual liberation without consent is rape culture

Aziz Ansari was accused of coercing a woman (content warning: graphic description of sexual assault) into having sex with him. People are having very different reactions to this news. [more inside]
posted by runt at 11:47 AM - 308 comments


When someone tells a story online, someone else will inevitably be ready with a two-word reply. “Didn’t happen,” they’ll type, or those who can’t be bothered to type can choose from an array of ready-made sceptical memes. New Statesman looks at DHOTYA.
posted by threetwentytwo at 9:46 AM - 59 comments

Dreamy portraits of America’s forgotten women farmers

"Women Farmers of Appalachia is a photography and interview series whose purpose is to give an honest representation of the daily lives of Appalachian women in agriculture." Austin Ledzian and Joe Mrava talk about their project Women Farmers of Appalachia

"Even more striking than the images are the stories of the strength and steadfastness of the women behind the photographs. There was Laura, whose land has remained in her family for many generations, steeled and determined to carry on a lasting legacy. Another farmer, Gwynn, spent 13 years with her family terracing a hillside and converting its clay to plantable, fertile soil, all in the midst of a series of personal challenges, including caring for an ailing husband." - Huck Magazine
posted by FirstMateKate at 9:16 AM - 6 comments

tea bath tone

Caitriona Dunnett is using a digital-cyanotype process to photograph Mass Paths - The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:41 AM - 9 comments

January 15

Their task is not merely to taste like the thing,

but to recall the Platonic ideal of the thing. The Alchemy of Novelty Potato Chip Flavors.
posted by gyusan at 9:11 PM - 121 comments

well I'll be... wallaby on the bridge

Wallaby in custody after bouncing over Sydney Harbour Bridge (smh.com.au)
posted by freethefeet at 8:56 PM - 39 comments

It opens with an Iggy Pop cover

Hey, remember that time back in 1995 when Boy George put out a punk/glam rock album that was also full of beautiful pop songs and ballads? Cheapness And Beauty was a real thing! Full album [YT playlist, ~50m] Side A: Funtime [video], Satan's Butterfly Ball, Sad, God Don't Hold A Grudge, Genocide Peroxide, If I Could Fly [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 8:47 PM - 8 comments

the smooth, dark voice of late-night public radio has signed off forever

According to his Facebook page, public radio personality Joe Frank passed away this morning. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:45 PM - 54 comments

We can't make up for a sleep deficit by sleeping longer another day

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State' Walker is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He points out that lack of sleep — defined as six hours or fewer — can have serious consequences.
posted by kaltsuro at 8:45 PM - 80 comments

Zack Morris Is Trash

Proof, in YouTube playlist form, that Zack Morris from the 30-year-old American sitcom Saved by the Bell is trash. [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 3:43 PM - 38 comments


Good dogs! Naughty dogs! Snapchat dogs!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:36 PM - 21 comments

But what happened to that green Beetle?

In 1968 Steve McQueen chased a Dodge Charger through the hills of San Francisco in an Mustang GT390 (previously). The production company bought two Mustangs from Ford, one was ruined during filming and the other ended up with a private owner, never to be seen publicly again. McQueen practically begged to buy it back until 1977, but was repeatedly rebuffed. But yesterday, the Bullitt Mustang was seen again.
posted by hwyengr at 3:04 PM - 24 comments

Ancient Appalachian Ocean and Carolina Bays

Making salt from an ancient ocean. Making sense of the Carolina Bays.
posted by MovableBookLady at 1:55 PM - 10 comments

Ethnobiologists confirm Aboriginal knowledge of firehawks

What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire? When big blazes spark and spread, some species escape, some perish—and some even thrive, as written by Sarah Zielinski for National Geographic. In Australia, Black Kite (Milvus migrans), Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), and Brown Falcon (Falco berigora) have been documented intentionally spreading fire to drive out prey, recently confirming what Aboriginal people have talked about for thousands of years. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 1:14 PM - 18 comments

"1959 was on another level; That's all you can say"

In 1959, four major Jazz albums were made that changed music forever: Miles Davis' "Kind Of Blue", Dave Brubek's "Time Out", Charles Mingus' "Mingus Ah Um", and Ornette Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz To Come"
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 1:02 PM - 27 comments

“Black Lightning” is immersively, not incidentally, black...

‘Black Lightning’ Is Pulp With a Purpose [The New York Times] “By day, Jefferson is a high school principal, something of a local hero for his outreach to troubled students. Until nine years ago, though, he patrolled the fictional city of Freeland, wearing a space-age electro-suit that one observer likens to a Parliament-Funkadelic outfit. Targeted by the police for vigilantism, he wearily gave it up. But he’s drawn back in as the city is overrun by a brutal gang, the One Hundred, which ends up threatening his two daughters: Anissa (Nafessa Williams) and Jennifer (China Anne McClain).” [YouTube Trailer] [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 12:05 PM - 22 comments

#WoYeShi is #MeToo with Chinese characteristics

#MeToo has reached China, sparking a small but growing protest movement within elite universities, concern and censorship from the country’s authoritarian rulers - and self-reflection within the small foreign journalist community regarding its own culture and reporting. [more inside]
posted by chappell, ambrose at 11:33 AM - 13 comments

"Is this where the cannibalism happens?"

The 1969 Easter Mass Incident.
posted by felix grundy at 11:29 AM - 41 comments

Resurrection City and the Poor People's Campaign

New photos, and some stories, of the 1968 Resurrection City demonstration. "Deeply Grieving MLK’s Death, Activists Shaped a Campaign of Hurt and Hope At Resurrection City, an epic 1968 demonstration on the National Mall in Washington D.C., protesters defined the next 50 years of activism"
posted by OmieWise at 10:25 AM - 2 comments

Only 77 books, 24 of which were coloring books

New York Cancels Private Prison Care Packages Program brief article at the Marshall Project. The article notes that the program that "forced families and friends to send care packages to prisoners only through select private vendors" is suspended. It may yet expand. [more inside]
posted by readinghippo at 10:19 AM - 17 comments

Operation PUSH

Flordia’s prisoners are going on strike. “...For no less than one month, they will refuse to work in the kitchen, the laundry, on farms, in maintenance, or in other jobs upon which the prisons depend to function. They will boycott products and services, forgo phone calls and the canteen, and engage in other activities to disrupt the prison economy.”

In addition to demands for higher wages, the reinstatement of parole, ending canteen price gouging, restoration of voting rights, and Stopping unpaid work for hurricane cleanup, inmates are also demanding a end to the overcrowded and deteriorating conditions of Florida prisons “There are so many unexplained deaths,” Lisa Graybill, deputy legal director for criminal justice reform at the Southern Poverty Law Center, told The Intercept. “They’re just appalling.
posted by The Whelk at 9:45 AM - 14 comments

LL When the Postmen Wear the Shorts

In Honor of LL Cool J’s Fiftieth Birthday, Fifty Other Things Ladies Love
posted by BekahVee at 9:33 AM - 14 comments

in your head, they're still fighting

RIP Dolores O'Riordan lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 9:33 AM - 156 comments

The post-pregnancy belly problem that nobody tells women about

There’s surprisingly little research on diastasis recti, which affects at least 60 percent of postpartum women. As with many other postpartum complications that affect women, there is little good research on the condition. Women aren’t routinely screened for DR at the one standard postpartum visit that occurs around six weeks after birth. And if they do get a diagnosis, they are often told that core work — for instance, tons of crunches — will tone the tummy and thus, close the gap. But core work done improperly or alone won’t necessarily fix the problem. In fact, it can even make things worse. And over the long term, DR can compromise the stability and function of the core, and is linked to a host of other problems that can crop up even years after childbirth. Given that so many women are forced to learn about DR on their own, here is a guide for how to try to prevent it and address it from those who treat it.
posted by Blasdelb at 7:57 AM - 15 comments

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection

Waste removal is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. On the darkened streets of New York City, it’s a race for survival. [slProPublica]
posted by ellieBOA at 4:56 AM - 15 comments

What color is that exactly?

Color is perspective. One may express a rose is red or pink or yellow, but what is the exact hue and saturation of that color? It’s all perspective. I believe there are no two people who can see one color the exact same way.
posted by Yellow at 4:54 AM - 30 comments

January 14

Bullitt AND Seinfeld references!

It's safer to back into a head-on parking spot, and then pull out forward. Most Americans do just the opposite. Why?
posted by Chrysostom at 9:19 PM - 164 comments

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