January 15, 2018

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 PST - 132 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 PST - 40 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 PST - 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 PST - 58 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 PST - 84 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 PST - 40 comments


Good dogs! Naughty dogs! Snapchat dogs!
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 3:36 PM PST - 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 PST - 25 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 PST - 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 PST - 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 PST - 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 PST - 23 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 PST - 13 comments

"Is this where the cannibalism happens?"

The 1969 Easter Mass Incident.
posted by felix grundy at 11:29 AM PST - 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 PST - 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 PST - 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 PST - 20 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 PST - 16 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 PST - 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 PST - 16 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 PST - 16 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 PST - 30 comments

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