Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Links!

Leading off this week, an epic story from ESPN writer Wright Thompson about the search for Sweet Jimmy Robinson, a boxer who once fought Muhammad Ali. It's a beautifully written, poignant story.
Shadow Boxing: Muhammad Ali fought fifty men. Only one disappeared.

DQ Fitness Advisor Doug Walsh sent me a story about a unicyclist who rode 204 miles-- in two days. Seattle to Portland, in case you're wondering.

Matt Sakey's excellent Culture Clash column has a new installment.

From Mark Covington, a story about a group of octopi that (incredibly) carry a coconut shell as a shelter.

From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a story about the remarkable place in Egypt known as Garbage City).

From Frank Regan (and about a dozen other people), the coolest holiday light display I've ever seen: Christmas Light Hero. Also, a story on the history of handhelds: 30 Years of Hand-held Game Systems.

From Jeremy Fischer, a story about an amazing breakthough in understanding how cancer works--scientists have entirely mapped the genetic code of two kinds of cancer.

From Sirius, a link to all online editions of H.P. Lovecraft's work currently available from the HPL Archive. Also, a story about Lake Baikal in Siberia, the oldest and deepest lake in the world. Next, it's the smallest orchid in the world--the blossom is only 2.1 mm wide. Finally, it's a gallery of the The Year's Most Amazing Scientific Images.

Here's a link from Andrew B, and it's a photo of perhaps the greatest chalkboard in history.

From Jason, surely the most unlikely contraption ever built: a tandem unicycle.

From Jesse Leimkuehler, a possible answer for an interesting space oddity:
why methane and ethane lakes in Titan's northern high latitudes cover 20 times more area than lakes in the southern high latitudes.

From Ben Younkins, a link to a highly entertaining guide to Earth's destruction titled Geocide.

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