Friday Links!Leading off this week, one of the most amazing aviation stories I've ever read: You Must Read This Test Pilot's Story of an SR-71 Disintegrating Midair.
From Sirius, and not something I thought I'd ever link to (but it's an excellent story): Kudos to the "Menstrual Man". Also, and I had no idea these even existed: Luxury ice houses.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and while this isn't entirely surprising, it's very interesting to see actual data: It’s official: People around the world really are eating more and more alike. Also, and this is quite remarkable, it's Frozen World War I soldiers appear in the Alps. Next, and this is quite a story about the Spanish Civil War (more specifically, arms used in it), it's ¡No Pasarán! One more, and it's a terrific piece of writing about a highly unusual subject: Let Me Live That Fantasy: In search of Puddles, the saddest clown of all, whose voice — along with Lorde’s music — made him an Internet star.
Here's an important historical artifact: The First Map of Africa. And one more: Maps and State Secrets.
From Ken Piper, and this has changed all of our lives in incalculable ways: This Is The Room Where The Internet Was Born.
From DQ XAML Advisor Scott Ray, and this is a doozy: Cat wearing jetpack in 16th century drawing baffles historians.
Multiple links from Greg B., and they're all excellent. First, and this is a terrific read: A Star In A Bottle: An audacious plan to create a new energy source could save the planet from catastrophe. But time is running out. Next, and this is fascinating: Fiat's Roof Top Test Track. This tech is quite amazing: Spritz: Reading Reimagined. These images are just stunning: 11 Jobs That No Longer Exist. Last one this week, and it's remarkable: Hundreds of New Exoplanets Validated by Kepler Telescope Team.