Friday Links!It's a buffet of the bizarre this week, so enjoy.
Matt Sakey's excellent Culture Clash column has a new installment, and this time, it's full of love for Demon's Souls.
From Sirius, it's The 10 Weirdest, Grossest Ingredients in Processed Food. I've only got one thing to say to you: beaver anal glands. Also, if you wondered what makes a sprinter, it's apparently short heels and long toes.
From Brian Witte, a fantastic link to images from an Italian Renaissance Sketchbook On Military Art.
From DQ reader My Wife, a link to a blog about a woman's elderly mother and the entirely epic conversations they have. Here's one example: a post written after her mother had seen The Crying Game.
From Sirius, it's a fantastic series of photographs: amazing insect images. Also, and this is quite surreal, Toyota has created a new plant species designed to offset CO2 emissions emitted in the Prius manufacturing process.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, it's Visions Of Earth 2009, a monthly feature from National Geographic with some truly spectacular photographs. Also, it's the origins of the U.S. dollar. Next, it's Gordon Freeman, DDS (read the comments). Then, a delightful nature short titled Seeing Through The Eyes Of An Armadillo.
From Cliff Eyler, a story about the discovery of a plesiosaur skull-- near Dorset!
From Jesse Leimkuehler, some remarkable, original photographs from the Civil War.
Ever wanted to compare the size of various starships? Thanks to a link submitted by Mr. Fritz, now you can.
From Skip Key, a link to the entirely epic story of Captain Freddy Chapman, a Cambridge-educated botanist who became a special forces officer in WWII and fought a guerilla campaign against 4,000 Japanese soldiers.
Two interesting links from George Paci--the first, to a 3D animation of Antibody Immune Response, and the second, to another animation titled Inner Life Of The Cell (plus there are some other excellent animations available at that link as well).
From Malcolm Cox, links to two videos by Duncan Day about some of the best kid's Halloweens costumes I've ever seen: Mechs! See them here and here.