Friday Links!Leading off, and this is just huge: Subsisting on Arsenic, a Microbe May Redefine Life. Incredible.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a fascinating look at how AT&T suppressed the discovery of magnetic recording tape for 60 years.
From DQ reader My Wife, a remembrance of a massive jewel heist from the American Museum of Natural History in 1964. Also, a link to a very, very blog: Hyperbole And A Half.
From Sirius, an article about how, to no one's surprise, we are completely misinterpreting the Boston Tea Party in almost every way. Also, an interesting article about, um, very large things: Dinosaur die-off cleared way for gigantic mammals. There's more, and it's spectacular images of perhaps the most beautiful lake in Russia: Baikal. Last one, and it's a genetically-modified bacteria that can knit cracks in concrete back together.
From Scott, and this is wonderfully clever, it's Complete History Of The Soviet Union--with Tetris.
From Marc Pagliaro, a long and fantastic tale of a couple driving (incredibly) across the Democratic Republic Of Congo.
From Derrin Phillips, a fantastic collection of the work of Liu Bolin (the guy who disguises himself to hide in plain sight).
From Jonathan Arnold, and this is quite bizarre: a secret chamber discovered in the National Library of India.
If you weren't lucky enough to see Barry Sanders play, here's a highlight reel. For my money, the best running back of his era.
From Ben Younkins, and this is both interesting and disturbing: A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web. But wait, before that link even got cold, Google put down the hammer: Google sucker-punches online retail bully.
From Jarod, and they're an apex invention for a lazy man: vacuum shoes.
From Kevin, and it's just what you holiday fans have been waiting for: hacking Christmas lights.