Friday Links!Leading off this week, from Meg McReynolds, quite possibly the most cogent explanation of the United States I've ever read: Which of the 11 American nations do you live in?
This is a fascinating and somewhat bizarre story: 11 Secret Weapons Developed By Japan During World War 2. All I know is that "Fukuryi Suicide Attack Suits" may well be the greatest band name I've ever heard. And as an offshoot of that link, here's a link that's equally interesting: How the U.S. Cracked Japan's 'Purple Encryption Machine' at the Dawn of World War II.
I don't know if this breaks your heart, but it breaks mine (there are some great pictures of past ads in this article): SkyMall, Purveyor of Garden Yetis, Files for Bankruptcy.
From Eric Higgins-Freese, and this is wildly entertaining: These 16 historical selfies show vanity is timeless.
From The Edwin Garcia Links Machine, and this is a mesmerizing video: Undeveloped World War II Film Discovered. Next, and this is entirely charming, it's Korean girls taste American snacks. This is terrific: Time and Again - 15 Countries In 4 Minutes (2014 Time Lapse).
From Sirius, and this is quite amazing: Spider spins electrically charged silk. Next, and this is fascinating, it's Astronomers Caught Some of Space's Most Mysterious Radio Bursts in Real Time.
From Geoffrey Engelstein, and this is remarkable: Kickers are Forever.
From Scott Gould, and surely, this is a record: One Ball and 3 Injured. What a game of Cricket!!
From J.R. Parnell, and this is excellent: The Original Concept Art From “Back To The Future Part II” Is Awesome.
From Steven Davis, and this is mind-blowing: Scientists Develop Hydrophobic Metal That Causes Water to Bounce.
From DQ Fitness Advisor Doug Walsh, who says this is the best action sports video ever: One of those days 2 - Candide Thovex.
Closing out this week, and this article is fascinating: We're in a Technological Arms Race with Bears for Our Food.