From C. Lee, two fascinating articles about prosthetic limbs and athletics. First it's Professor aspires toward the perfect prosthetic design, then Japan's Paralympians overcome adversity by leaps, bounds and innovative design. Also, one of most charming, touching photos you will ever see, and it's of Oscar Pistorius and a young girl: learning to run. Lastly, and this man is clearly going to qualify for the baddest man on the planet contest, a Chinese man who built HIS OWN prosthetic limbs: Sun Jifa, Chinese Man, Creates DIY Prosthetic Limbs After Losing Hands In A Fishing Accident.
From Meg McReynolds, and these are quite fun: When You Jump, The Real Person Appears. Also, and I never realized how dogs did this, it's Dogs Can Shake 70% of the Water from Their Fur in 4 Seconds, Here's How.
From Michael M., and this is quite interesting: Why Are Americans So... (A map of American state stereotypes, generated by Google autocomplete).
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is fascinating (even if you'll never be able to afford one of the suits): Savile Row. Also, and this is completely incredible, it's Prehistoric Human Brain Found Pickled in Bog: A brain in near-perfect condition is found in a skull of a person who was decapitated over 2,600 years ago.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is nothing short of astonishing: We Were Totally Wrong About the Sun’s Shape Until Yesterday.
From DQ Film Advisor And Nicest Guy in the World Ben Ormand, a long but fascinating read about screenwriter Damon Lindelof and storytelling in general: Film Crit Hulk Smash: THE DAMON LINDELOF INTERVENTION.
From Andrew Shih, and this is a great story about hockey, goalies, assholes, and life in general: The Disabled List: The Todd Bertuzzi Knock-Out Club.
From Donny Plumley, and who knew a parkour dog even existed? This Dog is Better at Parkour Than Most Humans are at Anything.
Here are a slew of links from Kez. First, the best anti-smoking campaign I've ever seen: Cute kids with cigarettes: Thailand’s anti-smoking campaign goes viral. Next, this is so tremendously touching: Gorilla Brothers, Alf And Kesho, Hug As They're Reunited After Three Years Apart. Next, and this is absolutely wonderful, it's Men Throwing Rocks With The Other Hand. Next, and boy, sometimes it's very hard to want to live in America, it's U.S. tourist Walt Wawra’s ‘aggressive’ encounter in Calgary’s Nose Hill Park sparks Twitter ridicule.
From Jonathan Arnold, and this is quite incredible: 1,000,000,000,000 Frames/Second Photography.