Leading off this week, and about one billion of you sent this in, an absolutely incredible 15-minute documentary on--wait for it--Action Park! Also known as "Class Action Park" and "Traction Park", this is must-see viewing: Inside the World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park (part one) and The Demise of the World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park (part two).
Next a wonderful tribute to Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson (sent in by Chris Pencis): A Cartoonist's Advice.
From Paul, and this is an entirely fascinating read, it's How 500 Years Of Weird Condiment History Designed The Heinz Ketchup Bottle.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and if you're into food, you'll love this: Pasta perfect: This Italian family grows heirloom grains. Also, and WTF, it's Torpedo Shot from USS Iowa in 1899 Surfaces. NExt, and this is tremendous, it's One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383.
From Meg McReynolds, and this is fascinating: Do our brains pay a price for GPS? How a useful technology interferes with our ‘mental mapping’ — and what to do about it.
David Byron sent in a link to some absolutely tremendous quotes: 20 Kick-ass programming quotes.
From Derek Krause, and this is a seriously inspirational short film: Dean Zimmer Overcomes Physical Disability in 'Drummer Wanted'.
From Hennie van Loggerenberg, and this is sad but no surprise: Startling Infographics Show NYC’s Massive Income Inequality. Also, and this is beautiful: 170 Years of the World’s Hurricane Tracks on One Dark and Stormy Map.
From C. Lee, and this is both funny and depressing: According to the dictionary, “literally” now also means “figuratively”.
From Emily Grost, and this is utterly cool: 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World.
From Rob C, and man, these are just spectacular (some of the best fireworks images I've ever seen): Supernova.