Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is a fascinating article: Botched Spacewalks, Crash Landings, and Smuggled Sandwiches: Spaceflight’s Most Badass Maneuvers.
From Jesse Leimkuehler, and these are quite poignant: an announcement written in case Apollo 11 was a catastrophic failure. It's haunting.
Also from Jesse, and this is another great bit of Apollo 11 information, it's Neil Armstrong Couldn't Afford Life Insurance, So He Used a Creative Way to Provide for His Family If He Died.
One more space link, this time from Meg McReynolds: Apollo 11's Astronauts Received an $8 Per Diem for the Mission to the Moon. Also, and this both well-presented and very useful, it's Snake Oil? Scientific evidence for popular health supplements.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is very clever: If movies were written by our children. Also, and this is fascinating, it's A journey of self-discovery: Gamer Unplugged roams across America. One more, and if you're into film, this demands a look: Kubrick//One-Point Perspective.
From Steven Davis, and Eli 11.1 might be riding one of these to work someday: Aerofex hoverbike on its way to Star Wars Speeder status. Also, and this is totally wonderful, it's 1939 'Map of Physics'. One more, and it's quite a project: Plans to build a model of a flathead 4 motor out of scrap wood.
From C. Lee, a series of excellent links. First, and this is quite interesting, it's Real Places Behind Famously Frightening Stories. Next, a link to one of Softbank's "White Family" commercials, which include a dog as the patriarch: Softbank Dog--Rejected. Then, an explanation of the story behind the craze: Otosan, Japan's top dog.
From Sirius, and this is tremendous, it's Researchers develop sci-fi helmet that creates an alternative reality.
From Donny Plumley, and I bet you've never seen this: a 200-pound sumo wrestler.
From Dylan Jones, and this is absolutely the cutest video existing on the Internet: Twin Baby Girls Rocking to Their Dad’s Guitar.
From Griffin Cheng, and this is just amazing: Birds hold 'funerals' for dead.
From Curry Mutton, and this is amazing: Gravitational waves spotted from white-dwarf pair.