Friday Links!This is one of my favorite links collections ever, so let's get started.
Leading off this week, from Marc P., a salute to a real badass: John Fairfax, Who Rowed Across Oceans, Dies at 74.
Here's a bittersweet article about the long rehab journey for Philadelphia fullback Leonard Weaver after a devastating injury.
From Steven Kreuch, and this outstanding, it's good advice for Mrs. Clark.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is spectacular:
The 600 years.
From Brian Witte, and this is a fascinating read: This is the worst reproductive strategy in the animal kingdom.
From Scott Z., and this is amazing: Russians revive Ice Age flower from frozen burrow. Also, and my brain explode just reading this, it's Canadian Digs Out Basement Using Only Radio Controlled Scale Tractors and Trucks.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is remarkable: Damaged Baby Brains—and a Video-Game Fix. Also, and this is both ingenious and very fun, it's Sideways-Shooting Photographer Turns Worlds on End.
From Adam Schenker, and the comparisons to noodling are inevitable (really, this article is a bizarre must-read): Octopus Wrestling.
From Sirius, and the title says it all: an illustrated visualization of what can happen in a single second. Also, and I had absolutely no idea, it's How an airport can affect local weather.
From Frank Regan, and I'm running out of superlatives to describe how interesting all these links are: What has happened to Nasa's missing Moon rocks?.
From Michael O'Reilly, and who knew that monkeys could be taught the value of money: Monkey Business.
From Ben, and this is both amazing and incredibly alarming: How Companies Learn Your Secrets. And here's another article on the same subject from Michael O'Reilly (just mentioned above): How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did.
From Steven Davis, and this is a spectacular video: The Process of Yuzen in The Creation of a Kimono. Also, and this is fascinating, it's The machines that made the Jet Age.
From Connell Smith, and this is both impressive and absurd, it's An Incredible Display of Fingerboarding Tricks.
From Kevin W, and I may have linked to this before, but it's still staggeringly beautiful: Temporal Distortion.
Closing out this week, from Ralph T., a fabulous headline: World Scrabble Championship gets controversial after competitor requests strip search.