Friday Links!Leading off, from Mitch Youngblood, a terrific story: Walk the Prank: Secret Story of Mysterious Portrait at Pentagon. Also, and we've obviously wondered about this since we were kids, it's What Really Happens When You Swallow Your Gum?.
From Steven Davis, and I have to think this could contribute to "irregularity", it's A Bathroom Situated Atop a 15-Story Elevator Shaft. Also, and these are tremendous, it's Whimsical Street Art by Filthy Luker. Next, and these are fantastic: Ridiculously Imaginative Playgrounds by Monstrum. One more, and it's terrific: My Time with Hugo and the Automaton.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, a link that will remind some of you of a childhood moment: Riding in the Back of Pickup Trucks – A Bird’s-Eye View. Also, and this is an incredible story, it's Japanese Castaways of 1834: The Three Kichis. One more, and what a fantastic idea: John Peel's Record Shelf.
From Sirius, and this is amazing, it's Strange organism has unique roots in the tree of life. Also, it's The Greatest Machine Never Built.
From Jonathan Arnold, and I almost let Eli do something like this, but got overruled by "The Man": Start with a white room.
From Don Barree, and this is both an important discovery and difficult to watch: New Challenger Video: Rare Footage Of 1986 Disaster Uncovered.
From Keith Schleicher, a bizarre story: Philadelphia man closes missing child case after finding himself on website.
From Scott Zolnoski, and this is quite incredible: Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is quite remarkable: Hide Yourself Like an Animal—Instantly.
From Frank Regan, and this is a fascinating story: Never surrender: The Lonely War of Hiroo Onoda.
Lastly, from Chris Meyer, and this is spectacular: a gull-eating octopus.