Friday Links!Leading off, a link from Kevin Guilfoyle that is completely amazing: a seven-minute video of San Francisco, taken just days before the great earthquake. Compare that to this photo I found (taken from a series of kites, believe it or not) of the city five weeks after the earthquake.
From Michael Hughes, link to another video that clearly demonstrates that dolphins (in this base, bottlenose dolphins) are freaking amazing. This video shows a new type of hunting a pod developed that's been termed "mud ring feeding", and trust me, you'll be blown away.
From GQ, a terrific story about the Philadelphia shooting incident in 2008 that allegedly involved future Hall of Fame receiver Marvin Harrison.
From Sirius, a link to a remarkable story about prions and how they evolve, even though they lack both RNA and DNA. Also, images from Marian Matta's photo gallery, and they're quite fantastic. And if you like Alice in Wonderland (or math), this is a must-read both for its cleverness: Alice's adventures in algebra: Wonderland solved. One more, and it's freaky: Green Sea Slug Is Part Animal, Part Plant.
From Daniel McConnell, a link to a Netflix map of rental popularity by zip code, which is utterly fascinating.
From Andrew B, a link to a story about a Bugatti--plucked from a lake after 70 years (the pictures are terrific).
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, images from the Cave Of Crystals in Mexico. Also, a link to a spectacular video of 2009 World Rally Championship highlights.
From Sudz Zimmerman, a remarkable photograph of a cloud roll.
From Michael M., a fascinating article about the World's Largest Automatic Bike Parking Lot. It's in Tokyo, of course, and it has a capacity of over nine thousand bicycles. Totally amazing.
From the always entertaining Fail Blog, it's Avatar Plot Fail.
From Evil Timmy, and the title says it all, it's The Case Of The Haunted Scrotum.
From Frank Regan, a spectacular CGI video titled The Third & The Seventh.
Several of you sent this in (but hippo was first), and it's another fascinating article about the workings of the Antikythera mechanism.