Friday Links!I had never heard of this before, but there's something called a tunnel boring machine, and the largest, incredibly, is over fifteen meters in diameter. Here's a link to The Blog Below, which has some absolutely fantastic photographs and video links.
From Jonathan Arnold, and this is epic (with great photos), it's The 19 Most Complex And Dangerous Roads In The World. Also, and this sounds like a Darwin award winner, it's Man Hurt Using Explosives In Backyard Sledding Stunt. Here's an excerpt:
The man is thought to have constructed the backpack from a used automotive muffler, which he filled with gasoline and gunpowder, “trying to get a rocket-launch effect,” McCabe said.
From Ryan Shalek, a fantastic website that takes an Edward Tufte approach to charting The Beatles. There are some enormously clever graphs, and it's fascinating to see The Beatles broken down this way.
From Colin Austin, and it's a classic, it's U.S. School Bans The Dictionary. Next up: banning the alphabet.
From Eric Lundquist, an invention that puts the Snuggie to shame: it's the sleeping bag you can walk in.
From Tim Jones, a link to a newly-released Jimi Hendrix track.
From Clayton Lee, a link to an excellent optical illusion: The Blue And The Green. Also, a link to a website dedicated to optical illusions: Color Illusion 12.
From Allen Varney, a link to Batmanalyzed (from the latest issue of The Escapist).
From Sirius, a link to some of the funniest (unintentionally) headlines ever: Crash Blossoms.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, a story about the discovery of an early draft of the U.S. Constitution. Also, a story about the Mars rover Spirit now being used as a stationary research platform.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link to pictures of the "artificial island and devotional chapel constructed in Montenegro's Bay of Kotor" known as Our Lady Of The Rocks. Next, it's Chinese maker's homemade submarine. Then there's Underground Cities: 3500 Years of Cappadocian Cave Homes. Finally, a new video of the Challenger disaster has emerged.
From David Gloier, and it's a classic, a 90-year old woman and her car--which she's driven for 557,000 miles.
From Andrew Martin, a link to a stunning series of photos that recreate the photographer's hometown. Why did I say recreate? They're all models.
This is from a regular contributor who wishes to remain anonymous for this link only: The 6 Weirdest Things Women Do To Their Vaginas.