Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Today, I discovered Untapped Cities, and their series on the New York City That Never Was. History, steampunk, futurism, architecture…it’s a perfect mix for me. (Also, they do tours!)

Meanwhile, SETI reports that they may have possibly maybe sort of heard a signal from deep space?

Monday, August 29, 2016

And we gear up for another week…

Have you heard of Basil Bunting? I had not until this morning. Now I’m intrigued.

New York is planning a shape-shifting building. Seriously!

Hidden clues in video games? It’s a real thing, and there’s a subreddit dedicated to solving the mysteries.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Friday!

From Cassandra: Say why to drugs! 

Also from Cassandra: What’s up with eastern Kentucky? (Oh, the stories some of us have...)

Also also from Cassandra: Dress pant sweatpants. For the 21st century!

From Zazoo: A cat fosters an abandoned baby squirrel monkey. Aww!

From Julie: Sir Nils Olav, ambassador penguin, is now Brigadier Sir Nils Olav to you and me. (Aww!)

Have a spiffy weekend, everyone. See you next week.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hooray for National Parks! (Keep them going, don’t let them be privatized.)

Far above the parks, the Hubble Telescope watches the stars. And now you can follow along with it, live!

A Nova Scotia library is moving into a church, and it’s going to be gorgeous! (Also, Margaret Atwood is helping with the fundraising.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In more “2016 is the weirdest year ever” news, John Travolta is now an honorary deputy sheriff in my city. Erm.

The Thinker’s Garden is back with a tale of Italian organized crime, circa 1800. 

Did you know that ghost ships lie under San Francisco? Not just a few, but dozens!

The Library of Congress has thousands of gorgeous photochrome prints, like this image of Mont St. Michel. It’s a lovely way to spend some time.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A short one today.

Look, typewriters are still alive and well in India! 

Damn Interesting lives up to its name with this report of a 1931 submarine expedition which embarked with the goal of sailing under the polar caps. It went...well, just read and see.

Monday, August 22, 2016

It’s Monday once more, and here’s some election activity we can enjoy: voting for General Mills monster cereal mascots! (Count Chocula is currently in the lead. I’m pulling for Booberry.)

Dorothy Parker was born on this date. Here’s some interesting information explaining why her ashes are in Baltimore instead of New York City. 

Ancient Egypt had a multitude of tattoo artists, it seems. Check out what archaeologists have discovered!